Following last night’s shocking news, there’s been no end to the flurry of fans all around the league inventing creative ways to bring a recently made available future Hall of Famer to their team. That player, of course, is none other than Chris Paul. Since the Suns seem determined to move in a different direction this summer, this could be a great chance for the Bulls to add a true starting-caliber guard.
Unfortunately, some doubt has been cast on the validity of Chris Hayne’s original report, as both Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN and Shams Charania of The Athletic have followed up with news that this situation is far from over. The Phoenix Suns are allegedly still discussing whether or not to trade Paul, waive and stretch his contract, or simply waive and re-sign. There are a lot of elements at play here, and I suspect we won’t know the full scope of the story until the free agency period rolls around at the end of the month.
Still, that doesn’t mean the Bulls should sit and wait for something to happen. It would be wise to get things in order ahead of time if this team is interested in making a genuine run for the point guard. We ran a poll on Twitter to gauge the fanbase’s interest in signing CP3. To our surprise, it was a more contentious debate than expected, but the voice of the clear majority prevailed in the end.
In a poll of over 150 Chicago Bulls fans on Twitter, the majority voted in favor of the idea to sign Chris Paul.
With 59.7% of voters in favor of pursuing CP3, it’s easy to see just how desperate we fans are to have a solid starter at the point guard position again. Just like Patrick Beverley last year, the Bulls’ best option may simply be digging for treasure amongst other teams’ trash. This likely has many of us viewing Paul through rose-tinted glasses, choosing to ignore the faults that made him unplayable in this year’s postseason so that we can hold on to a small sliver of hope that he could be the missing piece to the puzzle.
One Bulls fan perfectly encapsulated that idea in a response to the poll.
Whether or not you find yourself advocating for the move to sign him, or insisting that it would be a big mistake, the decision ultimately does not fall on us. Nor does it fall on the Bulls’ front office. If he hits the open market, Chris Paul will ultimately be the arbiter of his own fate. Whether or not he wants to play a big role with a quality team or chase a cheap championship ring off the bench, that’s for him to decide.