PHOENIX SUNS

Report: Suns have had talks with Thunder about acquiring Chris Paul

Nov 10, 2020, 6:55 PM | Updated: Nov 11, 2020, 1:20 pm
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul (3) reacts during the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basket...

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul (3) reacts during the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)

(Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)

The Phoenix Suns have had discussions with the Oklahoma City Thunder about acquiring All-Star point guard Chris Paul, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst and Tim Bontemps.

Windhorst writes “talks have been ongoing and continued to gather traction but there is no deal imminent.”

Paul, 35, is coming off an All-NBA season in which he led the Thunder to the playoffs. He averaged 17.6 points and 6.7 assists per game, making the All-Star team for the first time since 2017.

The 10-time All-Star was traded by the Houston Rockets to the Thunder in the summer of 2019 as a part of the Russell Westbrook deal. He has two years left on his deal, making $41.3 million next season and has a $44.2 million player option for the year after.

For any type of Paul trade to function, the Suns would have to include large salaries in return to match Paul’s large contract. With Devin Booker assumingly untouchable, candidates include point guard Ricky Rubio ($17 million) and Kelly Oubre Jr. ($14.3 million).

The NBA’s moratorium has not been lifted yet, meaning trades cannot legally occur until it is. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that could come two to three days prior to the Nov. 18 NBA Draft.

Paul played for Suns head coach Monty Williams in New Orleans and was drafted by Suns vice president of basketball operations Jeff Bower in 2005.

Penguin Air

Phoenix Suns

Deandre Ayton #22 of the Phoenix Suns warms up before the game against the Sacramento Kings at Gold...
Sam Graveline

ESPN’s Pelton gives Phoenix Suns ‘C+’ offseason grade

Despite the Phoenix Suns being among the few teams to dominate the offseason news cycle, ESPN's Kevin Pelton gave them a C+ grade.
18 hours ago
Cameron Johnson #23 of the Phoenix Suns throws up a shot during the second half of the NBA game at ...
Kellan Olson

Suns’ Cam Johnson to coach at Basketball Without Borders camp in Australia

Cam Johnson will be coaching some of the top prospects from the Asia-Pacific region at a Basketball Without Borders camp in Australia.
2 days ago
Ish Wainright #12 of the Phoenix Suns reacts after a teammate scored against the Los Angeles Lakers...
Kevin Zimmerman

Ish Wainright on Suns return, when NFL career was toast and Game 7

Ish Wainright hit on a few topics on Bickley & Marotta, including how he feels the Suns have responded to their Game 7 loss.
3 days ago
Follow @KellanOlson...
Kellan Olson

Devin Booker’s signature Phoenix Suns moves tracked for NBA 2K23

Phoenix Suns shooting guard Devin Booker will grace the cover of NBA 2K23 and the game will feature his signature moves.
4 days ago
Ish Wainright #12 of the Phoenix Suns during the second half of Game Five of the Western Conference...
Kellan Olson

Ish Wainright returns to Phoenix Suns on 2-way contract, per report

The Phoenix Suns have agreed to a two-way contract with forward Ish Wainright, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.
5 days ago
Duane Washington Jr. #4 of the Indiana Pacers reacts after forcing a turnover by Trae Young #11 of ...
Jake Anderson

Phoenix Suns sign guard Duane Washington Jr. to 2-way contract

The Phoenix Suns have officially signed guard Duane Washington Jr. to a two-way contract, the team announced Wednesday.
5 days ago
Report: Suns have had talks with Thunder about acquiring Chris Paul