Warriors waive Chris Paul, avoids big guarantee

The Warriors have waived point guard Paul and Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. 

Paul was acquired last offseason as part of the Jordan Poole trade. In a role that he nor basketball fans are accustomed to, the veteran guard came off the bench for the majority of the season and was unable to be the impactful player we have known him to be in this reduced capacity. Paul, 38, appeared in 58 games, with 18 starts, averaging 9.2 points, 6.8 assists and 3.9 rebounds in 26.4 minutes per game. 

Paul had a $30 million guarantee that would have been guaranteed today and unable to find a trade package the Warriors deemed adequate for the surefire hall-of-fame point guard, it came as little surprise the Warriors opted to send Paul into unrestricted free agency. 

Already several teams may be interested in Paul’s services. Both the Clippers and the Lakers are said to be in the mix. Paul could be intrigued by either a return to Clipperland or finally teaming up with his banana boat brethren, LeBron James. 

A return to other familiar stomping grounds, Phoenix, could also be a reality. Since trading Paul the Suns have had a gaping hole in their lineup, one that neither Devin Booker nor Bradley Beal could adequately fit. 

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