Paul was acquired by the Wizards as part of the Bradley Beal trade with the Suns. He will now team with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson in the Golden State backcourt, replacing Poole, who was a playoff disappointment.
But a fresh start may be what Poole needs after a tumultuous season –which began after he was punched by forward Draymond Green at practice.
Meanwhile, this marks the first deal for the Warriors under new GM Mike Dunleavy Jr., who took over for Bob Myers after 12 seasons and four championships.
Paul, 38, is viewed as the ultimate setup man and should be a strong fit next to Curry, Green and Thompson, with Paul finishing third in the league in assists with the Suns this past season (8.7 apg).
The Warriors have acquired 12-time NBA All-Star guard Chris Paul from the Washington Wizards in exchange for forward Patrick Baldwin Jr., guards Jordan Poole and Ryan Rollins, a 2027 second round draft pick and a 2030 first round draft pick (top 20 protected): pic.twitter.com/xAbhHtaEEF
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