Last summer, the Rockets traded Chris Paul to the Thunder for Westbrook. This offseason, the Point God may be on the move once again – this time to the 76ers.
The Philadelphia 76ers were unceremoniously dumped out of the NBA playoffs in a sweep by the Boston Celtics. Admittedly, they did not have All-Defensive Team member and All Star Ben Simmons in their ranks.
But the combined talent on their squad was too much to justify a sweep. Heads rolled as head coach Brett Brown was fired after 7 seasons in charge.
NBA Trade Rumor: Philadelphia 76ers pursuing Chris Paul in a trade
There is talk around the general managers across the NBA that the Sixers may be looking to trade for veteran point guard Chris Paul. The Thunder point guard is almost a lock to make an All-NBA team.
He led the Thunder to the playoffs, posting a better record than the Sixers and the Heat. Paul’s influence on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s game has been pivotal to the youngster’s progression in the past year.
According to @KevinOConnorNBA, the Sixers have “seriously debated the idea of chasing a trade” for Chris Paul.
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Kevin O’Connor of the Ringer speculates that the Sixers’ think tank has mulled over the prospect of trading for CP3. To do so would mean giving up some picks in addition to players like Al Horford and/or Josh Richardson.
The long-term benefits of such a move seem debatable, but it would be a win-now move designed to keep franchise player Joel Embiid happy.
The Sixers underwent a long and punishing ‘Process’ to arrive at a stage where they were contenders from the East last season. Letting Jimmy Butler walk turned out to be a mistake, however, as they regressed to their 2018 form without him.