Oklahoma City Thunder star Chris Paul has been traded to the Phoenix Suns, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.
The deal sends Paul and Abdel Nader to the Suns in exchange for Ricky Rubio, Kelly Oubre, Ty Jerome, Jalen Lecque and a 2022 first-round pick, according to Wojnarowski.
The Suns did not have to include their No. 10 pick in the upcoming draft in the trade, so they will get to add another young prospect to a group that already includes Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton, Mikal Bridges and Cameron Johnson.
Robert Sarver, owner of the Suns, is bringing the future Hall of Fame guard to Phoenix and delivering Booker a running mate.
The star-studded backcourt of Paul and Booker make the Suns a contender in the Western Conference, as they will look to lead the team to the playoffs for the first time in 10 seasons.
Paul will also reunite with his former head coach Monty Williams, where he played one season for him with the Pelicans.
The Thunder, on the other hand, are entering rebuilding mode, as they’ve now traded away Paul, Dennis Schroder and Danilo Gallinari could be the next one on the move as well.
It’s also expected that the Thunder won’t keep veterans Danny Green (from the Schroder trade) or Rubio (from the Paul trade).
The franchise now owns three 2022 first-rounders and multiple first round picks every year through 2026, a total of 16 first round picks over the next six years, so they will be set for the future.
The Suns and Thunder began discussing the possible trade centering around Paul last week.
This past season, Paul, 35, averaged 17.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 6.7 assists per game.