Steve Kerr, head coach of the Golden State Warriors, told NBA media that the group required a change despite the fact that he was unable to specifically name Chris Paul due to the Paul-Jordan Poole trade’s unofficial status.
Paul, who has already spoken to Stephen Curry, was acquired by the Warriors from the Wizards in exchange for Poole.
“We’re going to be a lot different,” Kerr said. “The last thing I’m going to do is say anything about a team that just won a championship a year ago and then fought through a difficult season. Made a helluva run at the end of this year. I’ve loved this group that we’ve had the last couple years.”
“But the biggest point is that we sensed we needed a shift. Didn’t mean we needed an overhaul, but we needed a shift of some sort. I think everybody in the organization sensed that. And it feels like we’ve made a pretty significant shift without giving up our identity and our sense of who we are as a team. I think, all in all, it’s a very positive shift.”
For the Phoenix Suns, who fell to the Denver Nuggets in the 2023 Western Conference Semifinals in six games and dealt CP3 to the Wizards for Bradley Beal, Paul averaged 13.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 8.9 assists per game this past season.
While the Los Angeles Lakers hoped the Washington Wizards would waive the veteran so they could sign him as an unrestricted free agency, the Los Angeles Clippers were interested in trading for Paul.
Now that the Warriors, Clippers, and Lakers are all in the same division, both LA teams will have to play Paul many times during the regular season in 2023–24.
When Paul’s son informed him that he had been traded from the Wizards to the Warriors, he was practicing basketball at his gym in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The NBA legend’s son also informed him that he had been transferred to the Wizards by the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Bradley Beal.