RUMOR: Suns will not trade for Chris Paul despite need at point guard
The Phoenix Suns reportedly will not trade for Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul despite needing a starting-caliber floor general on the roster, according to John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7.
The Rockets are reportedly actively looking to trade Paul, who is 34 and has roughly $124 million left on his contract.
I despise this time of year for these reasons – stupid rumors. NO the Suns will not trade for Chris Paul. Any thought of such a possibility is ridiculous. It will not happen. Not sure there is a team in the league dumb enough to trade for a 34 year old with 124 mill left on deal.
— John Gambadoro (@Gambo987) May 29, 2019
The Suns were hoping they would get the No. 2 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft so they could select Murray State point guard Ja Morant. Phoenix wound up with the sixth overall pick.
Paul averaged 15.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 8.2 assists this season with the Rockets in 58 games. The nine-time All-Star and future Hall of Famer shot 41.9 percent from the field, 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 86.2 percent from the free-throw line.
Paul would be a huge upgrade for the Suns at the point guard position, but Phoenix isn’t trying to take on Paul’s hefty contract. The Suns could offer Brooklyn Nets All-Star guard D’Angelo Russell a lucrative contract in free agency. Russell and Suns guard Devin Booker are very close friends. The Nets can match any offer sheet should Russell sign one.
Phoenix is building its team around Booker and young big man Deandre Ayton. The Suns hired Philadelphia 76ers assistant Monty Williams to replace Igor Kokoskov.