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Chris Paul just fueled speculations that he could be joining the Los Angeles Lakers after he was spotted with Russell Westbrook in LA.

Westbrook was recently acquired by the Lakers in a deal that sent Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Montrezl Harrell to the Washington Wizards. While the transaction can only be finalized at the end of the moratorium, it is all but a done deal at this point—with the players involved in the trade confirming the development.

With that said, when Paul was seen hanging out with Westbrook ahead of free agency and amid rumors linking him to the Lakers, fans couldn’t help but speculate they would be teaming up.

Chris Paul and new Laker Russell Westbrook spotted together in LA 👀

(via Reddit u/roll10deep) pic.twitter.com/TA1TGryShE

— ClutchPoints NBA (@ClutchPointsNBA) August 1, 2021

It is also worth noting that this came after reports surfaced that Chris Paul is declining his $44.2 million option with the Phoenix Suns to become an unrestricted free agent. While there is a belief he did so to work a new deal with the NBA Finals contenders, it’s hard not to think otherwise given his latest activity.

However, given the contracts of LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook, it seems unlikely the Lakers will be able to sign Paul on the massive contract he’s expecting to get. According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, CP3 is seeking a three-year, $100 million deal.

Also, the acquisition of Westbrook makes it less likely for the team to still pursue Paul.

At the end of the day, the photo of the two together could just be of peers hanging out and nothing more.

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LeBron James' Parting Gift To Kyle Kuzma After Russell Westbrook Trade

ClutchPoints 01 August, 2021 - 07:33pm

The Los Angeles Lakers are still relishing in the fact that they pulled off a blockbuster trade with the Washington Wizards to bring Russell Westbrook to town. On the night of the NBA Draft, they sent a few players to Washington in the exchange, including Montrezl Harrell, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Kyle Kuzma.

Well, LeBron James wished good riddance to his former Lakers teammate and had Jared Dudley join him, and gave Kuzma a parting gift after the trade.

LeBron & Dudz threw Kyle Kuzma a going away party. pic.twitter.com/w2DVO086rP

— 🏀 (@dribblecity) August 1, 2021

Classic LeBron. Sure, Kuzma got traded, but LeBron James is still being a true class act and wants nothing but the best for the former Lakers draft pick who was a huge part of their championship run during the Orlando Bubble.

The trio of Lakers is now headed to the Wizards, although reports came out that there could be another deal involving a couple of those players. Either way, LeBron and Dudley didn’t miss their chance to send Kuzma off in a good way.

The Lakers’ sudden trio of LeBron, Westbrook, and Anthony Davis looks awfully scary, and with NBA free agency kicking off, the Lakers should add a few more championship-hungry veterans to the fold as they do whatever they can to be the team to beat in the Western Conference.

So long, Kyle Kuzma, but LeBron and his teammates will always have nothing but respect for him.

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RUMOR: Chris Paul, Lakers' Russell Westbrook Seen Hanging Out In LA

TMZ 01 August, 2021 - 06:39pm

Chris Paul just fueled speculations that he could be joining the Los Angeles Lakers after he was spotted with Russell Westbrook in LA.

Westbrook was recently acquired by the Lakers in a deal that sent Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Montrezl Harrell to the Washington Wizards. While the transaction can only be finalized at the end of the moratorium, it is all but a done deal at this point—with the players involved in the trade confirming the development.

With that said, when Paul was seen hanging out with Westbrook ahead of free agency and amid rumors linking him to the Lakers, fans couldn’t help but speculate they would be teaming up.

Chris Paul and new Laker Russell Westbrook spotted together in LA 👀

(via Reddit u/roll10deep) pic.twitter.com/TA1TGryShE

— ClutchPoints NBA (@ClutchPointsNBA) August 1, 2021

It is also worth noting that this came after reports surfaced that Chris Paul is declining his $44.2 million option with the Phoenix Suns to become an unrestricted free agent. While there is a belief he did so to work a new deal with the NBA Finals contenders, it’s hard not to think otherwise given his latest activity.

However, given the contracts of LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook, it seems unlikely the Lakers will be able to sign Paul on the massive contract he’s expecting to get. According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, CP3 is seeking a three-year, $100 million deal.

Also, the acquisition of Westbrook makes it less likely for the team to still pursue Paul.

At the end of the day, the photo of the two together could just be of peers hanging out and nothing more.

Copyright © ClutchPoints. Partner of iOne Digital / Cassius Network.

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