Can the Timberwolves realistically sign Chris Paul?

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The news came as a shock to many when it was reported Wednesday afternoon that the Phoenix Suns would be waiving veteran point guard Chris Paul. After three seasons with the organization and helping them back to the NBA Finals for the first time this century, Paul will look to ride out the end of his career somewhere besides Phoenix.

Of course, there is already broadening interest in Paul around the league. He may not be the dominant, top-notch floor general that he once was, but his high IQ and steady shot-making still make him a valuable piece of any team.

The Minnesota Timberwolves’ starting lineup looks to be pretty fullstarting lineup looks to be pretty full at the moment, so would there be any sense in them pursuing Chris Paul? The possibility may not be as far-fetched as it may seem.

The Minnesota Timberwolves could make a move for Chris Paul.

Since Minnesota just made a play for Mike Conley at the trade deadline, it may initially appear they would have no interest in pursuing another aging point guard. After all, Conley thrived over the final two-plus months of the season with the Timberwolves.

But one would have to assume that given the opportunity, it would be hard for the front office to pass up the opportunity to bring in one of the game’s all-time masterminds at the point guard position. Pairing him next to the likes of Anthony Edwards could do wonders for the Wolves offensively.

Is there a world where Chris Paul is playing in Minnesota in 2023-24? Maybe, but the money would have to work. The Timberwolves will have just under $7 million in cap space this summer, so they would have to convince Paul to sign for a near-minimum deal.

If CP3 comes to the bargaining table requesting a bigger payday, the Wolves would have to either make a trade or waive certain players so they can pay him what he desires. If Chris Paul sees Minnesota as a desirable destination and is willing to take less money, bringing him onboard would be a no-brainer.

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