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Chris Paul has made it known that he wants to be part of a Big Three since making his famous toast during Carmelo Anthony’s wedding. He’s part of a Big Two right now with Blake Griffin, but it’s pretty clear he’s not thrilled about staying with the Los Angeles Clippers much longer.
Rather than enthusiastically proclaim he can’t wait to sign a long-term deal with Los Angeles, he’s kept the fact that he’s a free agent next summer very quiet.
If the Heat can nab him before the offseason, he would be much more likely to re-sign for a big deal.
The only way to do that is trade away one of the Big Three, and the piece that makes the most sense to move is Wade.
You can’t trade LeBron, because he’s the best player in the world. And the Clippers wouldn’t trade Paul for Bosh. They already have a superstar power forward in Griffin.
Truth be told, I don’t know if they would trade Paul for Wade, either, but they would have to strongly consider it. They would be guaranteed three more years of a superstar with Wade’s contract than with Paul’s.
Think how much better a fit Paul would be for LeBron than Wade is. He’s younger, more durable, a better outside shooter, a better defender and could get LeBron and everyone else easier buckets.
It’s well worth a shot.