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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Articles tagged: Chris Paul

Ranking the 20 best players in the NBA’s Western Conference

It won’t come as news to anyone that the NBA’s Western Conference is loaded.

LeBron James’ decision to join the Los Angeles Lakers puts the topper on the most loaded conference in basketball. Beyond James, you have a Golden State Warriors team that will eventually be able to start five All-Stars if they choose to do so. That doesn’t even encompass a number of other superstars playing out West either. We’re already excited for the playoffs.

Who are the 20 best players in the Western Conference? Here’s our list.

20) Donovan Mitchell, Jazz

It may seem premature, but Mitchell is on here as much for what he could be as soon as next season. Mitchell walked into the NBA from Louisville and became one of the major reasons Utah had such a successful season, averaging upwards of 20 points per game. With a year of experience and the motivation from a feud under his belt, there’s no reason to believe he won’t get even better going forward. Did you see how well he performed in the playoffs? That’s just a taste of what’s to come.

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Report: Key Rockets star pushing for Carmelo Anthony acquisition

Carmelo Anthony

It’s no real surprise that one of Carmelo Anthony’s close friends is pushing his team to sign him, but it’s not LeBron James.

According to Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports, Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul is urging his team to try to acquire Anthony, as the two players are known to be very close.

As Schultz notes, Anthony also wants to play with James, but the Lakers’ level of interest isn’t clear at this point. There are also questions as to what sort of role Anthony will have, or be willing to accept. That could ultimately determine his destination. He won’t have any shortage of friends who would be happy to play with him, though.

10 best and worst deals of NBA free agency so far

Paul George

It’s still very early in NBA free agency, but players are already committing to sign contracts with teams — some old, some new. Some of these deals make a lot of sense, while others are headscratchers, even with many of the offseason dominoes yet to fall.

Here are five of the best and worst deals of free agency in the NBA so far — and remember, none of these contracts can become official until July 6, so things are subject to change.

BEST DEALS

5) Nuggets to sign Will Barton to four-year, $54 million deal

Keeping their core intact is a big deal for the Nuggets, who are also set to ink Nikola Jokic long-term in the week ahead as well. It’s a great deal for Barton, who gets a lot of guaranteed money, and the Nuggets get to keep a player who became very valuable to them. He’s a 37 percent three-point shooter and a threat on the perimeter coveted by many teams. It’s a deal that works for both sides.

4) Bucks to sign Ersan Ilyasova to three-year, $21 million deal

Ilyasova knows Milwaukee well, and he does a lot of things that will help a team. He’s a competent defender who can stretch the floor and shoot from the perimeter, and the Sixers even employed him as a small-ball center at times, opening up a new possible route for his game. It’s not hard to envision him paired with Giannis Antetokounmpo in a smaller lineup causing some havoc. The three year deal is a risk for Milwaukee, but a big win for Ilyasova, who should fit in nicely and rather affordably in Milwaukee.

3) Nets to sign Ed Davis to one-year, $4.4 million deal

Davis seems perpetually underused and underpaid, and here he is again on a rather cheap deal, but one that could pay dividends for Brooklyn. Davis isn’t a starter, but he can come off the bench and grab you rebounds and score you some points in stretches. Players like that are very valuable, and it’s even better if you can get them on low-risk contracts such as this one. Worst-case scenario? He becomes a nice little trade chip in February.

2) Mavericks to sign DeAndre Jordan to one-year, $24 million deal

It’s a low-risk, high-reward move for both sides. The Mavericks aren’t contenders, but getting a year of Jordan ensures that they have a quality player that they’re not married to long-term if things don’t work out. Jordan gets a nice payday and the opportunity to rebuild some value. He’s still an offensive weapon, though some concerns began to arise about his defense last season. If he answers those, he could either opt to make his stay long-term or get one more big contract somewhere else next summer.

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Chris Paul to sign $160 million deal with Rockets

Chris Paul Rockets

So much for the reports about tension between Chris Paul and the Houston Rockets.

CP3 will sign a four-year, $160 million deal with the Rockets, as first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The expectation always was that Paul would return to Houston given all the success the team enjoyed last season. Despite his injuries, the Rockets had the best record in the NBA during the regular season and pushed the Warriors to a seventh game in the conference finals.

Had Paul not gotten injured during the series, it’s quite plausible that the Rockets would have won it all.

Although Paul is 33 and will probably be overpaid in the last few years of his deal, this is a move the Rockets felt they had to do in order to have the best chance at competing for a championship next year and the year after.

10 big-name NBA players who could change teams this summer

LeBron James

The NBA is on fire right now, and it’s been undefeated since a for-the-ages 2017 offseason. In addition to a flurry of open-market transactions, a number of stars changed teams via trade, fundamentally shifting the league’s power dynamics.

Indiana shipped Paul George to Oklahoma City. The Clippers sent Chris Paul to Houston. Chicago traded disgruntled Jimmy Butler to Minnesota.

Which stars could be on the move this offseason? Here is our perspective on 10 who could change uniforms.

10. Markelle Fultz

The 2017 No. 1 overall pick had an up-and-down rookie season. After struggling with a shoulder injury and re-learning how to shoot (for a good breakdown of that strange situation, read this piece from PhillyVoice), he played in 14 games and showed glimpses of brilliance. He averaged 7.1 points, 3.8 assists, and 3.1 rebounds in 18.1 minutes per game. The 20-year-old flashed the uncanny speed, change of pace, and athleticism that wowed draft scouts. His stock is low at the moment, but his upside is huge. He could be a central figure in Philly’s efforts to acquire Kawhi Leonard.

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Chris Paul, Rockets execs mock report about ‘tension’ over contract

Chris Paul Rockets

If Chris Paul and members of the Houston Rockets’ front office are experiencing “tension” over the star point guard’s contract situation, they are doing a tremendous job of hiding it.

Paul was spotted hanging out with Rockets general manager Daryl Morey and CEO Tad Brown during the NBA Awards Show on Monday night, and ESPN’s Rachel Nichols sarcastically asked him, ‘So these are the people you hate, right?” The trio shared a good laugh and some high-fives.

“I can’t stand them, man,” Paul said. “Ain’t we beefing?”

Last week, Chris Broussard of FOX Sports described a situation where Paul initially believed he was in line for a max contract extension this summer, but the Rockets are having second thoughts. While Paul, Morey and Brown could be great actors, it doesn’t seem like that is the case.

For what it’s worth, one report says Paul is focused on one thing and one thing only this offseason, and it has nothing to do with his contract.

Twitter reacts to Chris Paul losing to Steph Curry on ‘Family Feud’

Chris Paul shimmy

Poor Chris Paul can’t even beat Stephen Curry when it comes to game shows.

The two NBA stars appeared Sunday on an episode of ABC’s “Celebrity Family Feud” as they led their respective families in competition against one another.

Once again, Curry’s team got the better of Paul’s team, thanks to a dominant “Fast Money” round by Curry’s wife Ayesha. She racked up 194 of the 200 points required to clinch the victory, and Steph easily got the remaining six.

It was a result that led to some funny jokes on Twitter, some mocking Paul for losing to Curry again and others clowning Curry for getting carried to the win.

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