Washington Wizards ‘finalize trade to send Chris Paul to the Golden State Warriors… with Jordan Poole and draft assets going the other way’
- Chris Paul was traded to Washington this week but is now heading to Warriors
- Jordan Poole, Ryan Rollins and draft assets will go the other way to the Wizards
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Chris Paul’s stay in Washington didn’t last long, with the NBA icon reportedly being traded to the Golden State Warriors, with Jordan Poole heading the other way.
Paul, 38, revealed earlier in the week that he found out he was being sent to the Wizards while on a flight to New York, and his future has changed once more, as first revealed by NBA insiders Shams Charania and Adrian Wojnarowski.
It has been revealed that Paul will head to the Warriors, while Washington in return receive Poole, second-rounder Ryan Rollins, a protected first-round pick in 2030 and a second-round pick in 2027.
The trade is just the latest in a series of big NBA movements ahead of tonight’s Draft in Brooklyn, with the Wizards also making a three-way deal with the Celtics and Grizzlies involving Kristaps Porzingis and Marcus Smart.
Speaking earlier in the week about his unknown future and surprise at the initial trade to Washington, CP3 told Good Morning America host Michael Strahan: ‘I was surprised, too. I found out on the plane yesterday flying here for this.
Chris Paul appears to have played his last game for the Phoenix Suns and is now at the Warriors
Jordan Poole leaves Golden State for the first time in his career and is going to Washington
Paul played his last game with the Suns franchise in 2023 — in which the Nuggets won the Western Conference semifinals. The 38-year-old played three seasons with Phoenix
‘In this league, anything can happen, so you just figure out what’s next.’
The 38-year-old Paul is an 18-year NBA veteran who has spent the last three seasons in Phoenix, but leaves the team just as they begin to make a real tilt at the title.
In his career, he is a 12-time NBA All-Star, but has never earned himself a ring despite playing for five different franchises since 2005.
He was drafted fourth overall in the 2005 Draft by the New Orleans Hornets, where he played for six years before heading to LA with the Clippers.
The Rockets were next, followed by a season with the Oklahoma City Thunder, before he landed in the desert with Phoenix in 2020.
Poole’s move the other way sees him leave Golden State – the only team he’s played for since he was drafted 28th overall in the 2019 NBA Draft.
He won a championship with the team in 2022, but hit the headlines in pre-season when he was involved in a serious altercation with teammate Draymond Green during a practice session.
Green was caught on camera sucker-punching his young teammate, with the elder player later admitting their relationship was a ‘work in progress’ after the event.
Green and Poole are seen smiling on the bench during the first half of a game against Denver
Speaking in the aftermath, Green conceded he didn’t realize how viral the video went as he admitted he ‘doesn’t care about people’s opinion’.
‘Woke up to the video,’ he told TNT. ‘Once I woke up to the video I don’t know if the dynamic necessarily changes in that because you never really know people’s opinions right away.
‘You give it some time to allow people to throw their opinion out, which quite frankly I don’t care about people’s opinion and to be totally honest with you I never really knew how much it blew up because I don’t really spend much time searching Instagram or looking through comments. I don’t really read many Tweets at all.
‘I was just at home chilling with my children. If you want me to be honest with you I still don’t know how much the world may think it blew up.’