While traveling to promote his book, Chris Paul learned that he was going to Washington.
Chris Paul was on the plane when he learned he was going to be traded to the Washington Wizards on Sunday. The 12-time All-Star was on his way to New York where he was scheduled to appear on ‘Good Morning America’.
“I was surprised tooPaul said on Monday’s show. “In this league, anything can happen, so we try to find out what will happen.»
Paul, 38, was on hand to promote his new book, “Sixty-One: Life Lessons from Dad, On and Off the Court(Sixty-One: Life Lessons From Dad, On and Off the Field).
According to multiple sources, the Phoenix Suns have traded Paul, fellow guard Landry Shamet, and a package of draft picks to the Wizards for All-Star guard Bradley Beal.
Paul’s future is in the hands of the rebuilding Wizards who can trade him or let him go. In the latter case, he would become a free agent and could sign with any team.
In 2022-23, Paul averaged 13.9 points, 8.9 ists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 59 starts with the Suns. He has career averages of 17.9 points, 9.5 ists, 4.5 rebounds and 2.1 steals in 1,214 games with the New Orleans Hornets (2005-11), Clippers (2011- 17), Houston Rockets (2017-19), Oklahoma City Thunder (2019-20) and Suns (2020-23).
Two years ago, he led the NBA in ists, averaging 10.8 per game in his second campaign with the Suns.
Paul has two years left on the four-year, $120 million contract he signed with Phoenix in August 2021. He has a cap of $30.8 million for 2023-24.