Chris Paul sent to the Suns to bring Phoenix back to the Playoffs, the 2020-21 season is on!

Finally, at the end! After waiting 6 p.m. like starving to death, it took more than an hour to see a transfer fall in our dear NBA. But it was worth it because the first domino that fell is simply called Chris Paul. BOOM!

Shams Charania de The Athletic speeded up the Woj to announce the news on his Twitter account: CP3 will therefore continue his NBA career in Arizona (in the company of Abdel Nader according to ESPN) since he has just been transferred to the Suns by the Thunder. It is a rumor that had gained momentum in recent days, it is now official. In return, Oklahoma City gets veteran point guard back Ricky Rubio, winger Kelly Oubre Jr., 23-year-old back Ty Jerome, an illustrious stranger named Jalen Lecque, as well as a 2022 Draft first-round pick. This first round choice is protected 1-12 in 2022, 1-10 in 2023, 1-8 in 2024 and unprotected in 2025. Basically, we have the different scenarios. If the Suns have the pick 1 through 12 in 2022, they keep it and it transfers the rights to the next year until the Thunder recovers that draft pick.

With this transfer, the Suns have officially changed status. A galley for many years but rather promising last season with in particular this magnificent bubble (record of 8-0 at Mickey), Phoenix team is now positioned as a real candidate for the Playoffs in the terrible Western Conference, which can help attract more people. Chris Paul regained his All-Star level in 2019-20 and despite an advanced age (35 years), he remains a real maestro who represents a big upgrade from Rubio to the lead. With Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton, Mikal Bridges and Co., the Suns’ potential is very, very interesting and Cipi Fruit is the kind of guy who can take the Arizona franchise to the next level. We saw what he was able to do with the Thunder last year, he who managed to lead OKC in the postseason when no one expected it. Plus, it’s also a big message sent to Booker, and the rumors about him end.. As we know, the nugget wants to participate in the Playoffs as quickly as possible and the arrival of Paul, interested in coming to the desert, clearly goes in this direction. From a financial point of view, the Suns thus recover the Triple XL contract of CP3, but it is only two seasons (1 + 1, more than 85 million in all) so that does not weigh down either Phoenix on the long term. To reach the next level, it can clearly do.

On the Thunder side, the message is also clear. After the transfer of Dennis Schroder, Sam Presti continues his reconstruction project and notably recovers in this exchange a talented and promising winger with Kelly Oubre Jr. (who is entering his last year of contract), as well as a first round of Draft. The Oklahoma City franchise is armored in picks until 2058 and also has an already solid base to rebuild with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and other elements. Another masterstroke for Presti, who has therefore just recovered a nice consideration in exchange for CP3 and his contract, which had itself been obtained in the transfer of Russell Westbrook in the summer of 2019.

It’s been a decade since the Suns reached the Playoffs. It absolutely has to stop, and the arrival of Chris Paul should give a big boost to a talented team that asks only to improve. Phoenix is ​​officially back in the dance!

Source texte : The Athletic

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