The chances of Chris Paul suiting up for the Oklahoma City Thunder during the 2020-2021 NBA season seems slim. Last offseason, Paul parted ways with the Houston Rockets as the Thunder sent their franchise star Russell Westbrook packing for the veteran point guard.
At the time, the trade had basketball fans scratching their heads. As it turned out, the Thunder did themselves a solid by acquiring Paul as he helped lead a young Thunder team to the 2020 NBA Playoffs.
Oklahoma City didn’t go very far in a tough Western Conference bracket, but Paul proved he’s still got what it takes to lead a team to victory. The veteran guard enjoyed his time with the Thunder, and the feelings of the organization were mutual.
But as Oklahoma City starts directing themselves towards a rebuild, it’s in the team’s best interest to sell Paul, their best and most expensive player, for younger players and future assets. NBA teams are well-aware of Paul’s availability, and organizations have already begun reaching out.
According to a recent report from ESPN’s Brian Windhorst and Tim Bontemps, the Phoenix Suns have grown interested in Paul as they look to add another star to play alongside their All-Star guard, Devin Booker.
“The Phoenix Suns have had discussions about acquiring All-Star point guard Chris Paul from the Oklahoma City Thunder,” ESPN reports. “Talks have been ongoing and continued to gather traction but there is no deal imminent, sources said. There is currently a moratorium on trades as the NBA goes through procedures to start next season ahead of the league’s draft next week.”
Last week, reports have indicated Paul prefers to land with a team in the Los Angeles or New York market. Considering the Thunder typically allow players to offer input on potential trades, Paul could try and force his way to the Lakers, Clippers, Knicks, or the Nets.
It’s unclear if Phoenix could become a preferred destination for Paul. Although the Suns are an up and coming squad led by Booker, the 35-year-old Paul is likely more interested in joining a sure contender, as opposed to playoff hopefuls.