NBA Free Agency 2020: According to the senior ESPN writer, Brian Windhorst, the Phoenix Suns had meetings with Oklahoma City Thunder to trade Chris Paul in the upcoming Free Agency.
Chris Paul had a stellar 2019-20 season. He averaged 17.6 points, 6.7 assists, and 5.0 rebounds for the Thunder last season. He also helped lead the Thunder to the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference, earning his 10th All-Star selection.
This could be the only trade for the Suns this season, as they will not have more than $20 million in cap space.
Although, the 35-year-old is set to make $41.4 million in 2020-21 and has a $44.2 million player option for the following season with the Thunder.
The Suns will have to offer Paul a sizeable contract if they want his services. They have gone 10 straight years without a postseason appearance, although there is a lot of talent on the current roster.
A lot of teams including the Knicks, 76ers, and Bucks have lined up to land Chris Paul. The Thunder, however, have always implied that they remain interested in keeping Paul for next season.
How would Chris Paul’s arrival strengthen Suns’ squad?
Chris has played under the current Suns coach Monty Williams and sings praises of his style of play.
“His basketball mind … I used to get so excited before the games about the plays he was drawing up,” said Chris Paul.
The Phoenix star Devin Booker gained his first All-Star appearance last season. Young players like Deandre Ayton, Kelly Oubre Jr., Mikal Bridges, and others round out an exciting core. A veteran like Paul could lead the team with his experience.
Ricky Rubio provided consistency and a veteran presence at point guard last season. Paul would be a notable upgrade at that position.