By Adrian Stewart Co
Veteran guard Chris Paul is on the move again after being traded by the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Ricky Rubio and a number of players.
Based on a report by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Paul and Abdel Nader are headed to the Suns, while Rubio, Kelly Oubre Jr., Ty Jerome, Jalen Lecque, and a 2022 first round pick went to the Thunder.
The acquisition of Paul is huge for the Suns after falling short from playoffs contention last season while also giving star Devin Booker an experienced backcourt partner.
It will also be a reunion of sorts for Paul and Suns head coach Monty Williams, who handled the 35-year-old guard before at the New Orleans Hornets (now Pelicans).
The Suns will be the fifth team of the future NBA Hall-of-Famer Paul after starting his career with New Orleans before moving to Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets and the Thunder.
Paul, who was acquired by the Thunder from Rockets a year ago in exchange for Russell Westbrook, had a resurgent year for the Oklahoma City during the 2019-2020 season.
Paul averaged 17.6 points, 6.7 assists and 5.0 rebounds in 70 games. He also led the league in clutch-time scoring, spearheading the Thunder in close games, which is what propelled them to the fifth-seed in the West.
For the Thunder, it was a youth infusion to its rebuilding team with Rubio and Oubre expected to play a huge role next season, unless they will be traded away.
This was the second deal entered into by the Thunder after sending Dennis Schröder to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Danny Green and a draft pick.
Meanwhile, Detroit Pistons has traded away defensive guard Bruce Brown to the Brooklyn Nets for Dassin Musa and a 2021 second round pick./ASC, WDJ