The 2020 NBA offseason started with a big trade on Monday as Oklahoma City agreed in principle to trade All-Star and future Hall of Fame player point guard Chris Paul to the Phoenix Suns, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The deal will see the Suns trade multiple players including Kelly Oubre Jr., Ricky Rubio, Ty Jerome, Jalen Lecque, and a first-round pick in the 2022 NBA Draft. Abdel Nader will also be included in the deal from Oklahoma City to Phoenix.
The 35-year-old Paul played well in Oklahoma City as he led the Thunder to a playoff birth, was chosen as an All-Star and was named to the All-NBA Second Team. Paul finished the season averaging 17.6 PPG and 6.7 APG in 70 total games played.
Outside of his ability, Paul will also bring a large contract to Phoenix. Chris Paul still has two years and over $80 million still on the books. Nonetheless, Paul will reconnect with former coach Monty Williams and will be a key member of a team that already features two primary scorers in Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton.
Oklahoma City moves further into a rebuild mode yet again after trading Russell Westbrook and Paul George in previous years. The Thunder also hold the keys to the future with over 15 first-round draft picks between the 2020 and 2026 NBA Drafts.
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