Phoenix wants to leap forward in the playoff contestation in a ridiculously deep Western Conference, but to do that, they could use more talent and a point guard to put Devin Booker next.
What makes Oklahoma City and Phoenix talk about Chris Paul’s business, which Brian Windhorst and Tim MacMahon reported to ESPN.
The Phoenix Suns have had discussions about acquiring All-Star playmaker Chris Paul from the Oklahoma City Thunder, sources have told ESPN. Discussions are ongoing and continue to gain ground, but no deal is imminent, sources said.
The deal could work with something like CP3 in Phoenix for Ricky Rubio, Kelly Oubre Jr. and the Filler (Frank Kaminsky and a future pick?).
For the Suns, they would have one of the best backcourts in the NBA with Paul and Booker (if CP3 can stay healthy), plus Paul and his lobs would likely help Deandre Ayton’s offensive play by putting the rock in him. good positions for Goal. What they agree to is something owner Robert Sarver has refused in the past – a big deal that could push them into paying tax. Chris Paul is two years old, $ 85.6 million on his contract (while the second year is a player option, if you think he isn’t picking up the $ 44.2 million then you are probably thinking that Tupac and Elvis hang out together on a secret island).
For Oklahoma City, they are leaving Chris Paul’s contract but should like Oubre or someone else young on that list (Mikal Bridges or Cameron Johnson), or the choice should be enough of a quality first round that OKC does. wants.
That leak could also be Sam Presti and Oklahoma City – one of the masters of the smokescreen – seeking to pressure other Chris Paul business partners such as the Lakers, Clippers and Knicks.
Expect a lot more Chris Paul rumors to fly ahead of the draft, and possibly free will. If Oklahoma City is to strike a deal, the question is how much can they get for such a heavy contract.