OKC deals CP3 to Suns in blockbuster deal
On Monday, the Phoenix Suns acquired All-Star point guard Chris Paul from the Oklahoma City Thunder to help bolster the Suns’ young, athletic backcourt with a skilled and experienced leader like Paul. According to ESPN, both Paul and forward Abdel Nader were shipped to Phoenix in exchange for Kelly Oubre Jr., Ty Jerome, Ricky Rubio, Jalen Lecque, and a 2022 first-round draft pick.
Suns owner Robert Sarver wanted to bring in a running mate for young star shooting guard Devin Booker. After going 8-0 in the bubble this past season, the Suns are optimistic that Paul’s addition will solidify their status as up-and-coming contenders in the Western Conference.
The Suns’ head coach Monty Williams coached Paul, 35, during the 2010-11 season in New Orleans. That year, Paul and Williams’ team finished 46-36 and was eliminated by the Los Angeles Lakers in six games in the first round of the Western Conference Playoffs.
Last summer, the Thunder acquired Paul from the Houston Rockets in a blockbuster deal that also sent Russell Westbrook to Houston. In his lone season with the Thunder, Paul performed well with his younger running mates.
Paul led OKC on a surprising run in 2020. Behind Paul’s leadership and quality play, the Thunder pushed the Houston Rockets to a seventh game in the teams’ first-round matchup in the NBA bubble. For more sports coverage, click here.