Chris Paul could allegedly be headed to the Philadelphia 76ers after a strong run in making the Oklahoma City Thunder contenders in the West.
The NBA Playoffs games are far from over. A championship team has yet to be crowned. Be that as it may, rumors about player movements around the league are already circulating.
There are many things to be accomplished for many teams. Not all of them were able to join the NBA bubble. As such, they’d want to make moves to improve their teams. As for the teams that joined the bubble, they know what they have to do. This fact is particularly true for the Philadelphia 76ers.
It is unfortunate to see the team get swept clean by the Boston Celtics. Without Ben Simmons, the team looked stagnant and mediocre at best when challenged by the Celtics. They’ve started fixing the problem by firing former head coach Brett Brown. They will look to replace him with a coach that is flexible in his playing style.
However, they will still need someone else to man the floor and get the heads of Embiid and Simmons together.
Chris Paul as a Sixers player next year?
In an ESPN podcast, Royce Young shared that he sees Chris Paul potentially landing in three possible teams. These are the Knicks, Bucks, or the 76ers. According to him, these are the three logical landing places for him for what he can bring to the organizations. He didn’t get into the details, but the discussion went on to explore who might be a potential trade target for the Thunder.
In the situation trade talks happen, the Sixers may dangle Al Horford and some picks in exchange for Chris Paul. This is a trade that involves two veterans that can easily gain the respect of locker rooms.
The Thunder is in good hands with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Dennis Schroder. Their fast-paced style of game can be complemented by the off-beat unselfish style of Al Horford. On the flip side, the Sixers stand to benefit from the leadership that Chris Paul can offer. Not only does he have the character to do so, but he also has concrete results to show for.
What the Philadelphia 76ers lacked
In the Playoffs series matchup against the Celtics, the 76ers were extremely exposed. Outside of Ben Simmons, the team didn’t have a second option to man the offense. The majority of the attack flowed through Joel Embiid, which the Celtics immediately knew. As a result, Embiid was shut down early.
Having Chris Paul on the floor will be a welcome addition considering his tenacity and basketball IQ. He will also be able to impart his leadership to the cornerstones of the 76ers in Embiid and Simmons.
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