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Oklahoma City: Chris Paul in Phoenix

Like Abdel Nader, OKC star leader Chris Paul is traded to Phoenix as part of a move that sends Kelly Oubre Jr, Ricky Rubio, Ty Jerome, Jalen Lecque to the Thunder. The latter also recovers in passing a first round of the 2022 draft.

The NBA transfer market has officially opened since Monday, and it’s getting off to a good start. While James Harden (Houston Rockets) is approached at the Brooklyn Nets, where he would join Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, and that the two Frenchies Nicolas Batum (Charlotte Hornets) and Evan Fournier (Orlando Magic) have already made known, in the same way than Spurs superstar DeMar DeRozan, who also played his player option (for $ 27.7 million), that they would not test the market this winter, Chris Paul is the first to pack his bags.

Oklahoma City star point guard to join Phoenix, ESPN announced on Monday, specifying that the All-Star Thunder who arrived last year from Houston, where he teamed with Harden, will not make the trip alone to Arizona. OKC’s Egyptian-born American winger Abdel Nader is also preparing to land among these Suns who remained undefeated in the Orlando bubble last season (8 games, 8 wins), assures famous insider Adrian Wojnarowski. What if “CP3”, on the $ 85.6 million two-year contract, and Nader leave the Thunder for the Suns, four players – Kelly Oubre Jr, Ricky Rubio, Jalen Lecque and Ty Jerome – will go the other way, and land in Oklahoma.

Reunion with Monty Williams for Chris Paul

By the way, OKC will also inherit a first round of the 2022 draft, which now brings the Thunder collection to … 17 first rounds of draft over the next seven years. A deal that could precede that of the other leader of the franchise, the German Dennis Schroder, in the process of going to the Lakers. In Phoenix, Chris Paul will meet Monty Williams, a coach he knows very well, having already evolved under his orders ten years ago during his stay in New Orleans, when we still spoke of the New Orleans Hornets and not yet the New Orleans Pelicans. By associating the former Rocket with Devin Booker, Phoenix especially hopes to find the play-offs. The Suns have been chasing it for ten years.

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