Phoenix Suns GM James Jones Reveals Their All-out Bid in Acquisition of Chris Paul

Published 07/07/2021, 10:23 AM EDT
Jul 6, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) moves the ball against Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) during the first half in game one of the 2021NBA Finals at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


The Phoenix Suns have undoubtedly been the breakouts of the 2021-21 NBA campaign. When the season began, many expected the Suns to do well, but perhaps not this well. Backed by their marquee players such as Devin Booker, DeAndre Ayton and Jae Crowder, the Suns took the league by storm and had a meteoric rise straight into the NBA Finals. Another major boost to their side came in the form of veteran Chris Paul, who only made them stronger.

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Teamwork makes the dream work

The Suns dominated the entirety of the regular season, missing out on the Western Conference 1st seed just by one game. The potential was always there, but the question was whether the side could overcome their big match jitters and blow the league wide open. Ironically, the Arizona based squad only got better when the pressure was on.

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Jun 30, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) celebrates with guard Devin Booker (1) after scoring a basket against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half in game six of the Western Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Led by the now experienced Devin Booker, the Suns exploded into the season. Booker averaged 25.6 points and 4.3 assists in the 67 games that he started. He was backed by Chris Paul and DeAndre Ayton, who averaged 16.4 and 14.4 points in the regular season, respectively.

But what stood out the most in the Suns dugout was the teamwork. Every player played their role in making the team emerge victorious, no matter how small the role. This can be seen in the fact that Phoenix had a cyclonic outing this season despite no particular individual producing magnanimous statistics. Added to this, the Suns acquired a truly gem of a leader in Chris Paul.

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Suns General Manager James Jones talks of Chris Paul’s value

PHOENIX, AZ – DECEMBER 15: VP of Basketball Operations James Jones of the Phoenix Suns looks on before the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on December 15, 2018 at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Barry GossageNBAE via Getty Images)

Termed as “The greatest leader to play this game,” by compatriot Devin Booker himself, Chris Paul’s class and experience are an invaluable asset to the current NBA finalists. His injection into the squad was a golden acquisition, and General Manager of the Phoenix Suns James Jones would agree. Speaking on the Rex Chapman Show, Jones provided an insight into how owner Robert Sarver helped bring in Paul.

“Chris is Chris. I mean, what Robert said and what he’s been committed to is, how can we help our guys the most. When you look at Devin, Deandre, Mikal, Cam, Dario, we have all of our guys. When you talk about all of our guys, Robert’s focus is like how can I help these guys the most. These guys are committed to giving us everything, how can I give them everything they need to succeed?

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“Luckily for us, Chris was available and what we had built was something that he respected, and he felt like hey I could thrive there. So going and getting Chris, that was Robert saying whatever it takes to help our guys, I want you to explore and I want you to get it done. It’s just that simple.”

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Can Chris Paul and the Suns go all the way?

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The Suns and its fans have unabashedly fallen in love with Chris Paul, who has lifted them to the next level. The only hurdle left is Giannis and the Milwaukee Bucks, who will look to end the dream run of Phoenix. Can the Suns slay the ‘Greek God‘ and clinch the prestigious title? We are not far away from finding out.

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