Chris Paul wanted to be traded to Milwaukee
Although he wound up with the Oklahoma City Thunder this summer, nine-time All-Star Chris Paul reportedly had interest in joining Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks.
“I had heard he wanted to go to Milwaukee,” said Ryen Russillo on The Woj Pod. “Of course you’d want to go play with Giannis.”
The Houston Rockets traded Paul, as well as draft considerations, to the Thunder back in July. In return, Houston received Russell Westbrook, who was reunited with James Harden. As of now, Paul has two seasons remaining on his four-year, $160 million deal.
“I’m excited,” Paul told SLAM after joining the Thunder. “It’s funny because a lot of people try to tell your truth, try to tell your story, say what you want and a lot of different kind of stuff. I’m excited about the opportunity, excited about our team and excited about Billy (Donovan).”
There were said to be several teams interested in Paul’s services this offseason, including the Bucks, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks. Ultimately, though, he landed in OKC. In his debut with the Thunder — a 100–95 loss to the Utah Jazz — he racked up 22 points and eight rebounds in 30 minutes of action.
Paul and the Thunder will be back in action on Wednesday night, when they’ll serve as hosts to the Portland Trail Blazers. Tip-offvinside Chesapeake Energy Arena is set for 8:00 p.m. ET.