Chris Paul is now a member of the Golden State Warriors. The 12-time all-star point guard is on the move once again, but this time to San Francisco. On June 18, just four days prior to this exchange, Paul was moved to the Washington Wizards. This was a blockbuster trade that sent three-time all-star Bradley Beal to the Phoenix Suns.
Paul is still under a four-year contract extension that pays $30 million annually, for two more years. This trade does nothing to resolve Golden State’s salary cap issues. But this makes for more issues with the new CBA agreements coming next year. The Warriors already have Stephen Curry who will earn $55 million in the next season. Fellow splash brother, Klay Thompson, is still worth $43 million in the final year of his current contract. And lastly, a $26 million contract for Andrew Wiggins.
The Warriors are also still pursuing a return for Draymond Green. Hoping to become a title contender again after a disappointing six-game series loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Chris Paul has made his tour around the Western Conference, with the Warriors seemingly being the sixth team in his career. Paul was heavily credited with the success of the Phoenix Suns in the 2020-2021 season. Paul made his first career NBA Finals appearance alongside Devin Booker in a six-game series loss to Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks.
Recently, Paul has shown his age as injuries have become a commonality once Playoff time comes around. Jordan Poole has shown potential in his scoring abilities, but his defense has been a poor effort. Just under a year ago, the narrative from the Warriors’ front office claimed the future of the organization rests with Poole.
Now the Wizards will have Poole, Ryan Rollins, Patrick Baldwin Jr., and future picks in 2030 and 2027. As Chris Paul will spend perhaps his final games in the NBA, as a Golden State Warrior.
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