The Milwaukee Bucks have made no contact with Oklahoma City Thunder regarding a Chris Paul trade
There were rumors flying around back in September that a CP3 trade to the Bucks may be on the books. As it turns out, they still may just be rumors.
According to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, the Bucks still haven’t made a move or even contacted the Thunder front office regarding the same.
All the ‘Chris Paul to the Bucks’ conversation started back in 2019 when CP3 was still part of the Rockets. Even then before he got traded to the Thunder, there were reports that he asked to be traded to the Bucks. Now, with the OKC looking to rebuild, he is possibly going to be moved, but the question that is bothering everyone is where would CP3 fit?
Possible reasons why the Bucks did not contact Thunder for Chris Paul
The Milwaukee Bucks are in a tough spot here. Their superstar and 2x NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo hits free agency next year. They need to show him they are ready to surround him with people who can help him get a championship. This might involve venturing into luxury tax territory.
The current Bucks roster, strong as it may be, just doesn’t have the experience or the toughness that can take them far in the postseason.
If they add Chris Paul to the mix, they have a veteran PG who has been in the league long enough, is coming off a season of tremendous efficiency, and has the mental toughness needed for survival in the latter part of the postseason.
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The biggest reason that would bother the Bucks is the hefty contract that CP3 comes with. He is set to make $41.3 million in the 2020-21 season, and he has a player option worth $44.2 million next season.
They would like to save money so that they can shell the biggest contract they can for Giannis and look to find more players who can support Giannis, instead of being tied down to Chris Paul’s contract.