Chris Paul trade: Is the timing right for rebuilding Suns?

Tanya Simon
November 17, 2020

The 35-year-old point guard is owed $41.4 million this season and has a player option for 2021-22 that comes in at $44.2 million.

The 2022 first-round pick that Oklahoma City will acquire is top-12 protected in 2022, top-10 protected in 2023, top-eight protected in 2024 and unprotected thereafter, Shams Charania of The Athletic adds.

It looks like Chris Paul will be wearing a Phoenix Suns uniform this season.

After finishing 8-0 in the National Basketball Association bubble seeding games, the Phoenix Suns are looking to continue their upward trend heading into the 2021 season. They haven't made the playoffs since a run to the Western Conference finals in 2010. It's the second reported trade involving a Thunder point guard in the last two days.

With Paul joining Devin Booker, DeAndre Ayton and Mikal Bridges, the Suns could be a major threat in the West. Phoenix becomes his fourth team in less than four years; he was with the Los Angeles Clippers through the 2016-17 season, then spent two years in Houston, then last year with the Thunder after being acquired as part of the trade that sent Russell Westbrook to the Rockets.

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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 had a resurgent year with in Oklahoma City, reclaiming his reputation as the "Point God" as he took command of OKC's young roster to lead it to a surprising playoff berth. "That is insane in itself, so regardless what happens, I'll be ready". "I used to get so excited before games about the plays he was drawing up". Meanwhile, Rubio put up 13.0 points, 8.8 assists and 4.7 rebounds in his lone season with Phoenix.

Oubre averaged a career-high 18.7 points last season.

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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