Laying out the Chris Paul trade
Chris Paul is making $30.8 million this season, which checks in at third on the team below the Splash Brothers, and a little above Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Green in the first years of their respective deals. Paul also has $30 million on the books for next year, but that amount is fully non-guaranteed, making him an intriguing trade chip.
The best way to save money is to play out the year, re-sign Klay Thompson to a lower number and waive Chris Paul. However, the best way to leverage the 38-year-old point guard is to use his salary to bring back another star. The trade that Bleacher Report pitched would use Paul and a couple of younger players to bring back Pascal Siakam and Christian Koloko from the Toronto Raptors.
Jonathan Kuminga fits the type of player that Toronto loves to draft and develop, and Brandin Podziemski has the skill and shooting ability to allow for an easy fit around Scottie Barnes and whichever other players stay around. The first-round pick could be far enough into the future to introduce the downside of this core’s run.
For the Warriors, Pascal Siakam is an All-NBA forward with legitimate defensive chops, sound scoring ability and underrated passing, not to mention a spin move in transition that leaves defenders tied up in knots.
Does the deal proposed by Bleacher Report make sense for the Warriors? Let’s take a closer look from the Warriors’ lense.