Suns star Devin Booker has to have smile on his face this morning. His Phoenix Suns just landed future Hall of Famer Chris Paul, creating a Booker-CP3-Ayton trio that’s sure to shine. The Phoenix Suns are now preparing to make their first playoff run in a decade, which should also keep Booker happy–at least for now.
Devin Booker and Chris Paul, together with the Suns now pic.twitter.com/kxV2rE5YLU— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 16, 2020
With Paul, Phoenix now has a solid point guard who may catapult Devin Booker into his first All-Star appearance. While he made it last year due to an injury replacement, he should be voted in outright now.
Here are the full details on the trade:
Thunder receive: Ricky Rubio, Kelly Oubre, Ty Jerome, Jalen Lecque, and draft compensation. The Suns’ first protected choice in 2022 1-12, 1-10 in 2023, 1-8 in 2024, and unprotected in 2025.
Suns receive: Chris Paul
Sources: Suns‘ future first to the Thunder is protected 1-12 in 2022, 1-10 in 2023, 1-8 in 2024 and unprotected in 2025. https://t.co/e4AFUN3OfD— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 16, 2020
This a grand slam for Suns general manager James Jones and owner Robert Sarver. They somehow managed to keep sharp-shooter Cam Johnson out of this deal, and he was a huge factor in the 8-0 Phoenix Suns run in the Orlando bubble. Devin Booker also probably won’t mind giving up future draft compensation since he’s looking to compete this upcoming season.
Phoenix should be good this year, and even if the 35-year-old Chris Paul doesn’t perform as expected, this deal at least shows Devin Booker that the Suns front office means business. Barring any last second Adam Silver veto, the Suns are back.