With The Athletic’s Shams Charania reporting that the Phoenix Suns will explore all avenues with Chris Paul this off-season, which may include outright waiving him, it seems like teams will be jumping in on the sweepstakes to try and sign the 38-year-old. In all likelihood, one of the teams trying to get in on adding Paul to their roster will be the Milwaukee Bucks, who were linked to the guard before trading for Jrue Holiday in 2020.
On paper, adding a player like Paul to the Bucks seems like a dream come true. However, is it as good as it seems? Is it truly worth adding Paul to what the Bucks already have as a team? Here are the pros and cons of the Bucks potentially reigniting their interest in Chris Paul.
Pro: He would fit incredibly well on both sides of the ball
Paul may not be as good as he once was, however, there are few doubts that Paul would fit quite well with the Bucks personnel on both offense and defense. The playmaking and still solid scoring he’d bring to the table, alongside the fact that Jrue Holiday will help negate his newfound lack of defense on the perimeter, seems almost like a match made in heaven.
While Holiday has been the Bucks’ point guard since he joined the team and really a point guard for the majority of his career, he does have experience as a two-guard from his time with the Pelicans. Not only is Holiday a great off-ball player on offense, but it could potentially allow him to be more of a roamer or help defender on that side of the ball.
Between the two, Holiday is easily the better player on both sides of the ball. However, their skill sets match well together. Paul may not be a great defender as he once was, but he’s still solid on that end, while Holiday is a top defensive guard in the league. In addition to this, they are both great playmakers that would fit stupidly well on offense.
That’s just talking about the fit between Paul and Holiday, not the rest of the team. The thought of a Paul and Giannis Antetokounmpo pick and roll has us nearly foaming at the mouth. Alongside that, Paul’s playmaking could likely do wonders to help Khris Middleton’s consistency on offense.
Adding Paul to an already contending Bucks team with new head coach Adrian Griffin could potentially make them Championship favorites in 2023. He may not be what he once was, but the fit is undoubtedly there.