Chris Paul Reportedly Wants to Play For the Bucks

Chris Paul with Rockets. Photo by Jevone Moore/Cal Sport Media/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

Although Chris Paul started the 2019/20 NBA season with Oklahoma City Thunder, no one really expects him to finish it there. Paul is a veteran interested in competing for the title, while Thunder are a rebuilding team that are far from contention.

Now, Thunder has always intended to deal Paul since acquiring him from Houston Rockets in a trade that sent Russell Westbrook in the opposite direction. For a longtime, Miami Heat seemed like the most likely option, but it seems like the veteran point guard has other plans.

According to The Ringer‘s Ryen Russillo, Paul would like to join the reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and play for the Milwaukee Bucks.

“I had heard he wanted to go to Milwaukee,” – Russillo told Adrian Wojnarowski during his appearance on The Woj Pod. “Of course you’d want to go play with Giannis.”

While you can’t blame Chris Paul for wanting to go and play for the talented Milwaukee team, it’s highly unlikely that Bucks would be interested in bringing in a veteran player on such a big contract. Paul will earn $38.5 million this season, and is scheduled to make $41.3 million next year while also having a player option for $44.2 million in 2021-22.

Considering the fact that Bucks decided to let Malcolm Brogdon go instead of giving him a max and entering the luxury tax makes the possibility of them taking on Paul’s giant deal very slim.

In the meantime, Paul is with the OKC, where he will try to show that he can still play quality basketball even at age 34. In the four games he played with Thunder this season, Paul averaged 13.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.0 steals.