By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Phoenix Suns have made a huge addition to their young core. The Suns are close to acquiring Chris Paul in a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The deal cannot become official until Friday when the new league year starts. Ricky Rubio, Kelly Oubre, Ty Jerome, Jalen Lecque will be headed to the Thunder.
In addition, Oklahoma City will receive a first-round draft pick. There are strings attached to the draft pick. The pick is 1-12 protected in 2022, 1-10 protected in 2023, 1-8 protected in 2024 and then unprotected for the 2025 NBA Draft.
With Paul, the Suns are adding a veteran, who will be on his third team in three years. He was acquired in a trade last year by the Thunder that sent Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets.
Owner Robert Sarver wants Paul to mentor young stars Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton. So far since both were added, Phoenix has has not made the playoffs.
In fact, the Suns have not made the playoffs in a decade since the 2009-10 season. Since the 2024-15 season, the team has not won more than 39 games in a season.
Their best season over the past decade was 48 wins in 2013-14.
The Suns will have a 72-game season for the upcoming 2020-21 season. Sarver hopes that Paul, Booker, and Ayton can guide the team back to the playoffs.
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