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Exactly but the Lakers have a long history of complex deals to get who they want. My guess is it would have to be a three team deal for the Suns to really get a piece they want. The rest of the Laker roster would end being salary baggage for the Suns depending on when those salaries expire and not help them improve next year. If Paul forces a trade though? The Suns might not have much of a choice.
How does he force a trade? He can’t force a sign and trade. If he opts in he’s stuck. If he opts out we don’t have to accommodate him and we end up with something like $25-27M in cap space.
 

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Paul to Lakers, Dame to Suns, picks/Bridges/Kuzma+ to Blazers? Again, hard to build around the Lakers crap.
If there’s any way to get dame and if only costs Paul Bridges and a couple protected picks it’s a win. Dame is 31 afterall.
 

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Where did this fascination with Lonzo Ball come from?

People trying to find available alternatives in the very real case that Chris Paul leaves?

I want CP back, but what if it's at 45M for the next 3 years? I think the answer is yes but yeeeeesh. That's a lot of dough for a 36 year old with big big mileage.
 

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Sounds like we've got a nice Lexus but want to trade it in for a newer KIA. Good idea!
 

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People trying to find available alternatives in the very real case that Chris Paul leaves?

I want CP back, but what if it's at 45M for the next 3 years? I think the answer is yes but yeeeeesh. That's a lot of dough for a 36 year old with big big mileage.
It’s not my money. To me it’s all about the product on the court, the continued advancement of the young guys.
 

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It’s not my money. To me it’s all about the product on the court, the continued advancement of the young guys.
Yeah, retaining Paul is definitely the best thing that could happen. If I were confident we'd get 2020-2021 CP in year 2 and 3, then no doubt about it. That said, CP was a shell of himself by the end of the playoffs, and it's an entirely expected outcome.

I'd much rather overpay in a one year deal then face the potential consequences of a diminished/injured CP over a longer deal. That said, with CP being head of PA, I doubt he's seeking anything less than the most he can make.

With such a short negotiating window (10 days I believe), it'll be fascinating to see what plays out.
 

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I've been thinking the same. We need to load manage the heck out of CP3. His energy and quickness were completely gone in the finals, even when compared to the Clippers series before. Whether that was fatigue or injury, or both, load management should help him continue to perform deeper into the playoffs

It's hard to know. A team can't protect a player from injury but if the Suns keep Paul they need to make the effort to protect him more even though he likes to play every game.
 

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The Suns should get Ben Simmons.

Don’t know what it would take to get him, but they should do it. Seriously.

They need a big guy. The need a playmaker. They need more defense.

They need everything he’s good at. If Phillys gonna be dumb and dump him the suns should seriously consider it.
Dump him yes. But we won't be dumb and dump him. The Sixers know what we have (or don't have) in him, and as much as I would gladly drive him to the airport, I want assets in return that make us better, not just bodies and late round first rounders.
 

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With a 24 year old Kia that pulls to the left, has a rattle, and is a standard package - but no electric windows or door locks.

A new KIA of your choice with all the upgrades. I'm mostly playing the devil's advocate for discussion purposes.
 

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multiple posters have been pimping replacing Paul with Ball... for reasons beyond most of us.
I get wanting to get rid of CP3 (even though I'm against it), but why Lonzo Ball of all people? Is it only because he happens to be available?
 

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