Phoenix Suns Trading For Chris Paul In Blockbuster Deal

Carrie Guzman
November 17, 2020

Paul will now play for his fourth team in four seasons after spending past year leading a resurgent Thunder squad to the postseason. If there were a course on stockpiling first-round NBA Draft picks, Thunder general manager Sam Presti would be the instructor.

The trade will pair Paul with Phoenix's rising superstar Devin Booker, who put up 26.6 points, 6.5 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game for the Suns last season. They also could reroute some of the recently acquired veterans like Danny Green (acquired in the Schroder trade), Rubio or Oubre. The franchise may not be considered a true title contender just yet, but their chances of making the playoffs in a competitive Western Conference next season just went way up.

The Suns, however, deemed it worth the risk.

Paul was an All-Star for the 10th time this past season, averaging 17.6 points and 6.7 assists. It's the second reported trade involving a Thunder point guard in the last two days. This comes after teams like the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers expressed interest in the guard.

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With Booker back in 2020-21, Deandre Ayton about to begin his third National Basketball Association campaign and now the addition of a future Hall of Famer in Paul, the team's ceiling is the highest it has been in years.

Paul has now been flipped for yet another first-round pick, and players in Rubio and Oubre who could be traded for additional assets.

Paul, 35, will reunite with Suns coach Monty Williams, who coached the point guard for one season (2010-11) in New Orleans. Lecque played in five games last season. He signed a three-year, US$51 million deal with the Suns before last season and averaged 13 points and 8.8 assists per game with Phoenix.

Jerome was the 24th overall pick out of Virginia last season and played in 31 games as a rookie while averaging 3.3 points.

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