NBA Free Agency 2022: How did Phoenix Suns steal Chris Paul from the Oklahoma City Thunder by doing just 2 things?

NBA Free Agency 2020: The NBA decided to lift the trade moratorium period on the 16th of November. While Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul was one of the hottest topics before the moratorium period was lifted, he has completed his trade to the Phoenix Suns.

The Suns will also receive Abdel Nader as a part of the deal. Ricky Rubio, Kelly Oubre Jr., Ty Jerome, Jalen Lecque, and a 2022 first-round pick will be traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Chris’ leadership and competitive approach to the game will have an immeasurable impact on our team,” said the Suns general manager James Jones.

Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets in 2017 and then to the Thunder in 2019. This is his 3rd trade in 3 years. He was a key part of the Thunder’s success. He averaged 17.6 points, 6.7 assists, and 5.0 rebounds per game. He was the only All-Star in the squad.

While the 35-year-old remains a strong player on both ends of the court, he has been leading the league in assists four times and in the number of steals six times.

With Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton, Chris Paul’s addition will only benefit the Suns. He might also help the Suns make playoffs after 10 years.

A good deal for the Oklahoma City Thunder?

The Thunder has an exciting future led by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Luguentz Dort, and now Oubre. They all set career highs with 18.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per contest last season. Rubio who is an excellent passer of the ball should also help substitute Paul. He averaged 13.0 points and 8.8 assists per game for the Suns.

This will help them be in charge of a playoff spot going into 2020-21.

Furthermore, this deal helps free Paul’s salary from their books. The All-Star was set to make $41.4 million next season with a $44.2 million player option for 2021-22, had he stayed in the Thunder.

Phoenix will absorb that cost as it hopes to improve upon last season’s result of finishing one win away from the playoffs.