Twelve-time All-Star Chris Paul could be waived by the Phoenix Suns but he is looking to help a team win. Here are contenders that could benefit from adding him.
Reportedly, star point guard Chris Paul could be waived by the Phoenix Suns in the next week or two. Paul is a 12-time all-star, five-time assist champ, 11-time All-NBA member, and nine-time All-Defensive player. Despite all that he has accomplished, he has continued to come up short in the postseason.
The one thing that lacks from Paul’s legacy is a championship. He and the Suns were up 2-0 against the Bucks in the 2021 NBA Finals but, in classic Chris Paul fashion, the Bucks won four straight.
As Chris Paul is entering his 19th season at age 38, it is a wonder how much he has left in the tank. Not only is his age a concern, but his injury history is also a major concern. But, in the right situation, Paul can find himself competing late in the postseason for his long-sought NBA title.
3 contenders that could use Chris Paul: 3. Miami Heat
As the Miami Heat currently find themselves competing for a championship, they are one of the few teams that could be the perfect fit for Chris Paul. One of the reasons is the culture that Pat Riley has created but, they also did something similar with guard Kyle Lowry.
After the 2021 NBA season, Kyle Lowry needed a change of scenery, as his age and injuries were catching up to him. He went to the Heat and settled in nicely as his role did not require as much out of him.
At this day and age, Chris Paul can not play like prime Chris Paul on a nightly basis nor should he be asked too. If Paul were to go to the Heat, they would find the perfect role for him as they have with players like Lowry, Caleb Martin, Max Strus, Gabe Vincent, and Duncan Robinson.
The greatest attribute Paul would bring to the Heat is his playmaking ability. The Heat’s leading assist guy in the regular season and postseason is Jimmy Butler. Taking on the responsibility of being the leading scorer and playmaker is a tiring task and in some games Butler hits a wall and no-shows. Adding Paul will take away some of the playmaking responsibility away from Butler and he could focus more energy on other aspects of the game.
The Heat could definitely win a championship with adding Chris Paul to their roster.