The Phoenix Suns acquired Chris Paul this past offseason in an effort to build on the momentum first established in last year’s bubble.
The Suns are currently second in the West and appear to be a team that could legitimately contend for a title this year.
Not only is Paul the main for that, he is also the clear catalyst for the improved play of just about every young talent on Phoenix’s roster.
Interestingly enough, there is an alternate universe where Paul doesn’t actually join the Suns. The Philadelphia 76ers had a lot of interest in adding the veteran point guard this past offseason.
So what was the issue?
According to Sam Amick of The Athletic, Paul had zero interest in playing for the 76ers.
“Ironically, sources say Philadelphia — with Morey having taken over the Sixers’ front office just weeks before Paul was sent to the Suns, and his former Clippers coach, Doc Rivers, part of their program too — made a spirited push to land Paul,” the article noted.
“The Sixers even believed there was some traction on a possible deal. The interest from Paul, however, was not mutual.
“With Paul targeting Phoenix as the best fit professionally and personally, and Presti in a much-improved negotiating position because of the way Paul had played, the Suns had won the CP sweepstakes.”
— Game 7 (@game7__) April 19, 2021
Whether he is telling it how it is on his team’s beef with Paul George, rejecting a trade to the Los Angeles Lakers, or explaining the issue he has with James Harden – Paul always says and does what he wants.
It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that the same thing happened this time around when the prospect of him going to Philly came up.