Roughly an hour after the NBA's trade moratorium period ended, the Suns struck a deal with the Thunder for All-Star point guard Chris Paul.
Phoenix is sending Ricky Rubio, Kelly Oubre, Ty Jerome, Jalen Lecque and a 2022 first-round pick to the Thunder in exchange for Paul and Abdel Nader, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. It's the second reported trade involving a Thunder point guard in the last two days.
The deal sends Chris Paul and Abdel Nader to the Suns for Kelly Oubre, Ricky Rubio, Ty Jerome, Jalen Lecque and a 2022 first-round pick, sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 16, 2020
The Suns were on the outside of the western conference playoff picture looking in at the beginning of the NBA restart, but an 8-0 run that left them just short of a play-in scenario.
Paul had a surprising 2019-20 season in his own right as well. After he was cast aside by the Rockets for Russell Westbrook, Paul had an All-Star campaign and led a thought-to-be-rebuilding Thunder team to the brink of the Western Conference semifinals.
With Paul joining Devin Booker, DeAndre Ayton and Mikal Bridges, the Suns could be a major threat in the West. For the Thunder, they add yet another first-round pick to their war chest of draft assets.