With rumors suggesting he wants out, Phoenix is doing all it can to keep Devin Booker happy at home, and on Monday the Suns traded for one of the game’s all-time great point guards to distribute the ball to the franchise’s star.
The Suns traded for Chris Paul, a 10-time NBA All-Star most recently seen in Oklahoma City, to boost the backcourt in Phoenix. To get him, Kelly Oubre, Ricky Rubio, Ty Jerome, Jalen Lecque and a 2022 first-round pick were sent to the Thunder in return. Phoenix also received Abdel Nader in the trade, in addition to Paul.
The deal makes a deadly Western Conference duo in Paul and Booker, and gives new pieces to Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in OKC, while leaving him in more of a floor general role in Paul’s absence. The former Cat still has Hamidou Diallo alongside him too.
One of the NBA’s first big trades of the new trade season, this one should benefit UK alums on both sides of the transaction.