Thunder gave Chris Paul permission to facilitate trade with Suns

The Phoenix Suns sent shockwaves throughout the NBA after their reported interest in trading for Oklahoma City Thunder star Chris Paul emerged in the media. Perhaps the most important latest detail of all is how the All-NBA Second Team guard is helping to work the trade.

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst went on The Drive with Jody Oehler on Fox Sports 910 Phoenix and made it clear that Chris Paul is interested in playing for the Phoenix Suns:

“It’s really the Suns and Chris Paul who have to work it out with each other. The Thunder have given Chris Paul permission to talk to the Suns. It normally would be tampering, but they’ve given him permission…

“I think it’s over 50-50… I think there’s momentum towards it…

“I think Chris Paul is interested in being a Phoenix Sun, and that is not a minor statement.”

There were previous reports of potential preferred landing spots for Paul in the event the Thunder were to execute a trade involving him. The Suns certainly were not on those lists when considering it mentioned how he wanted his basketball home to be in either Los Angeles or New York.

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That apparently is not true given Paul’s not only just willingness to be dealt to the Suns but his overt interest in getting a deal done. That shows the Thunder’s commitment to helping him land where he desires, too.

The potential pairing of Chris Paul and Devin Booker in the same backcourt would be quite an intriguing possibility. An elite facilitator with a great scorer with both players checking plenty of other boxes could help lead the Phoenix Suns back to the playoffs for the first time since the Steve Nash era.


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