Thunder trade Chris Paul to Suns for four players, first-round pick

Jeff Zillgitt

The Phoenix Suns have a reached a deal to acquire All-Star point guard Chris Paul from the Oklahoma City Thunder for Ricky Rubio, Kelly Oubre, Ty Jerome, Jalen Lecque and a future first-round draft pick, a person with direct knowledge of the deal told USA TODAY Sports.

The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly until the deal is official.

This is a major move for the Suns, who were one of the most impressive teams in the bubble, winning all eight seeding games before narrowly missing out on the playoffs.

The trade gives the Suns a backcourt that features Paul and All-Star Devin Booker, who averaged 26.6 points and 6.5 assists and shot 48.9% from the field, including 35.4% on 3-pointers.

The Oklahoma City Thunder are trading guard Chris Paul to the Phoenix Suns.

Add young center DeAndre Ayton, who came into his own last season, Cameron Johnson and Mikal Bridges, and the Suns have a team that can compete for something more than just a playoff spot in the deep Western Conference.

Oklahoma City continues to remake its roster as general manager Sam Presti continues to hoard first-round picks. On Sunday, the Thunder reached a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers to trade guard Dennis Schroder for Danny Green and the 28th pick in Wednesday’s NBA draft.

Over the past two offseasons, Presti has traded Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Paul for a bevy of first-rounders. Depending on protections and other variables, the Thunder have at least a dozen first-round picks through 2026.