Author: David Petfalski (@dpetfalski23)
I just want to start off by saying that the chances of this actually happening are slim-to-none, but it’s an intriguing fantasy for Bucks fans, or really anyone who is sick of seeing LeBron James win the Eastern Conference. Think about this lineup: Chris Paul, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker and Thon Maker. That’s scary. Chris Paul would be joining Lob City 2.0 with the ability to toss up lobs to Giannis, Jabari, or Thon at any given moment. What this offense is lacking is a good floor general who can spread the floor, and find the open man cutting to the rim. I’m not a genius, but I’m pretty sure that’s exactly what Chris Paul can do. What makes this even more interesting, is the success Milwaukee has had against Cleveland these past two seasons without a guy like Chris Paul. Albeit these have only been regular season games, the Bucks have put up a great fight in every game, including an 18-point stomping in Cleveland this past year. Add CP3 to that mix, and we could have a new challenger in the East.
Now, let’s take a look at the business side of this. Milwaukee has little-to-no cap room this offseason at the moment. That could change if Greg Monroe declines his $17.9M option for this upcoming season. However, they’re also looking to bring back Tony Snell if the price tag isn’t too high. Another route they could go would be to trade and unload the contracts of Matthew Dellavedova ($9.6M) and Mirza Teletovic ($10.5M). Letting Monroe go, trading away either one or both of Dellavedova and Teletovic, and all of a sudden, the Bucks have some room to work with.