Rockets’ Mike D’Antoni believes Thunder’s Chris Paul can play at a high level for another ‘3-4 years’
Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni commented on Chris Paul’s current performance on Monday ahead of the team’s matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder — and complimented his former point guard.
Paul, 34, was traded to the Thunder in the offseason in a shocking deal that brought former NBA MVP Russell Westbrook to Houston, reuniting him with ex-teammate James Harden.
Despite Paul being shipped north to OKC, D’Antoni still respects the veteran guard.
Per USA Today’s Mark Medina on Twitter, D’Antoni told reporters today that Paul could still play at the same level for “three to four years.”
D’Antoni also praised Paul for his fight through adversity due to bouts with hamstring injuries in his two-year tenure with the Rockets.
Mike D’Antoni praised Chris Paul for how he tried to fight through his various hamstring injuries with the Rockets. Nonetheless, D’Antoni believes Paul can play for another “3-4 years” at the same level he has for his career
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) October 28, 2019
After the Thunder completed the blockbuster Westbrook-Paul trade, many people speculated how long the floor general would stay in OKC. General manager Sam Presti made several trades in the offseason, all of which signaled a rebuilding phase for the Thunder. However, with Paul in tow along with other pieces like center Steven Adams, OKC is firmly in place to be able to compete this season while accumulating assets needed for an expeditious rebuild.
Presti also traded All-Star forward Paul George to the Clippers to team up with Kawhi Leonard for former lottery pick Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, veteran forward Danilo Gallinari, and multiple first-round picks. Besides that move and the Westbrook trade, he sent young forward Jerami Grant to the Denver Nuggets for a draft pick.
However, if D’Antoni is right, Presti could still squeeze a few more resourceful years out of Paul.
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