On October 16, Beijing time, according to US media reports, a league executive accepted an interview with reporters and talked about the possibility of the Lakers pursuing Chris Paul: "Chris Paul would be very willing to return to Los Angeles. I know, If you can go back to Los Angeles, it will be a dream come true for Paul."
"I know that LeBron James likes Paul, and I trust Paul, Paul will be very suitable for the Lakers."
It is worth mentioning that previously, according to relevant sources in the league, the Thunder would trade Chris Paul for draft picks or young players. Therefore, under such circumstances, the Lakers became interested in Paul.
In the past season, Paul took the Thunder into the Western Conference playoffs without being favored by others, and played 7 games with the Rockets. Even though they were defeated in the end, Paul and his Thunder were impressive. Even with a big contract, Paul still attracted the attention of many teams, including the championship Lakers.