The Milwaukee Bucks are expected to have a busy offseason as they look to add more talent around superstar forward Giannis Antetokounmpo. Chris Paul has been a name mentioned often in trade rumors, but it doesn’t appear that he is in the plans at this point in time.
According to a report from Sam Amick of The Athletic, the Bucks are not planning to pursue a trade for Paul this offseason.
“Myself and Eric Nehm, who covers the Bucks for us, have two sources telling us that the Bucks have zero plans of pursuing a Chris Paul trade.”
Rumors have been circulating that Antetokounmpo told Bucks’ management that he wants to play with Paul. That may be the case, but swinging such a big trade for an aging point guard may not be of interest to the franchise.
Paul is coming off of a big season with the Oklahoma City Thunder. After he was traded last offseason by the Houston Rockets for Russell Westbrook, many thought the Thunder would flip him. Instead, Paul helped lead OKC to the playoffs.
During the 2019-20 NBA season with the Thunder, Paul ended up averaging 17.6 points per game to go along with 6.7 assists and 5.0 rebounds. He shot 48.9 percent from the floor overall and knocked down 36.5 percent of his three-point attempts.
At 35 years old, Paul is expected to be a hot commodity on the trade market. The Bucks and New York Knicks have been the two teams rumored the most for him. LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers have also been mentioned as a potential landing spot.
All of that being said, if this report is true, the Bucks have no plans to bring Chris Paul on board. If Antetokounmpo really wants Paul, it seems strange that Milwaukee wouldn’t try to make it happen.
Expect to hear plenty of rumors surrounding Paul come out in the next couple of weeks. New reports may connect the Bucks with Paul again, but for now it appears that there are no plans for them to pursue him.