Thursday, 23 May 2024

Thunder trade All-Star guard Chris Paul to Suns

The Phoenix Suns have made a significant move to bolster their chances of making the playoffs in the 2020-21 season. They have acquired 10-time NBA All-Star Chris Paul from the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Kelly Oubre, Ricky Rubio, Ty Jerome, Jalen Lecque, and a 2022 first-round pick.

The addition of Paul is expected to have a tremendous impact on the Suns’ team, bringing leadership and a competitive approach to the game. General manager James Jones expressed his excitement about the trade and thanked Oubre, Rubio, Jerome, and Lecque for their contributions to the team.

Paul, who was an All-Star in the previous season, averaged 17.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 6.7 assists with the Thunder. Despite their strong performance in the playoffs, winning 44 games and pushing the Houston Rockets to seven games in the first round, the Thunder decided to make this trade.

The Suns’ acquisition of Paul is a significant move for the franchise, as they haven’t made the playoffs since 2010. His experience and leadership will be crucial for the team’s success. This trade also reunites Paul with Suns coach Monty Williams, who coached him during his time with the New Orleans Hornets.

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With this trade, the Thunder continue to build for the future, acquiring three future first-round picks and two pick swaps in addition to several players in exchange for Paul. The Thunder now have a total of 16 first-round picks between 2020-2026.

The Suns still have some decisions to make regarding other players on their roster, such as Aron Baynes, Dario Saric, Cameron Payne, and Jevon Carter. The team also has high expectations for center Deandre Ayton, the first overall pick in the 2018 draft.

Overall, the trade between the Thunder and the Suns has the potential to significantly impact both teams. The Suns are hoping that the addition of Chris Paul will lead them back to the playoffs, while the Thunder continue to accumulate assets for their future.