After leading a young Oklahoma City Thunder roster to the playoffs last season, Chris Paul will likely be on a different team next season, and there are a few people around the league that believe that team will be the Los Angeles Lakers.
First, there was the anonymous executive who reportedly said it would be a “dream come true” for Paul to play for the Lakers alongside his good friend LeBron James. Then, there was the report from earlier this week that Paul prefers to play in Los Angeles or New York next season. Most recently, Kendrick Perkins said that he believes there’s an “85% chance” that Paul will be wearing the purple and gold this year.
Suffice to say, there’s a lot of noise, but how much are NBA fans buying it? According to our latest SB Nation Reacts poll, not very many:
That might be because most NBA fans know how many hoops the Lakers would have to jump through to land Paul. Granted, if you’re the Lakers, you jump through almost every hoop to get Paul, who averaged 21.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.6 steals per game in the playoffs, but they might not have the assets or contracts to compete with other teams in a bidding war for Paul.
The good news for Lakers fans is that their team won a championship without Paul just last month. Even if they’re unlikely to get a point guard of Paul’s caliber in free agency, the draft or via the trade market, they can still upgrade at the point guard position this offseason. Plus, they already have one of the greatest “point guards” of all time on their team in James.
In other words, everything’s going to be okay whether or not they actually pull off a trade for Paul — again.