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According to Marc Stein of Substack, the Los Angeles Lakers have the best chance at stealing veteran point guard Chris Paul away from the Phoenix Suns this free agency period:

“Yet I still see the Lakers as the most realistic threat to derailing the Suns’ hopes of re-signing Paul, no matter how hard it is to pinpoint a pathway for them to acquire him because of the cap complexities. The reasoning: We know Paul would want to play again in Los Angeles, where his family still resides during the season, and also that he would want to play alongside [LeBron] James. The fact that Magic Johnson was tweeting about Paul-to-the-Lakers scenarios minutes after the Finals were over certainly won’t dissuade conspiracy theorists from believing that the Lakers are, at a minimum, exploring the options here.”

This past season, Paul averaged 16.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 8.9 assists per game while shooting at 49.9 percent from the field and 39.5 percent from deep.