Phoenix Suns: 2 Former Chris Paul Teammates to Sign this Offseason

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Phoenix Sun Offseason Target: Blake Griffin

Only Deandre Jordan and David West have played more games with Paul than high-flying forward Blake Griffin. The two put on a show unseen before during their days with the Los Angeles Clippers, playing arguably the most exciting basketball seen over the last 20 years.

Amidst it all though, they failed to capture a title. However, they might finally be able to do so together with the Suns during the upcoming season.

Last year, Griffin signed with the Brooklyn Nets during early March after reaching a buyout agreement with the Detroit Pistons. With the Nets, he experienced a true renaissance as a player, ending his infamous dunk-less streak while averaging 10.0 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. He also shot 38.3 percent from outside.

The Nets might try and bring Griffin back, but the Suns need to throw their hat into the mix as well. Not only does he possess unmatched chemistry with Paul, but he fills up a gaping hole for the team left behind by the injured Dario Saric.

During the Finals, Phoenix’s inability to defend around the rim behind Ayton cost them gravely. Still possessing enough size, muscle, and athleticism to defend adequately, Griffin can solve that issue though before it spills over into next year. During Brooklyn’s playoff run last season, Griffin also showed some serious grit—an asset which any team could use a bit more of.

Additionally, Griffin’s price might not come as high as one might expect even after his revitalization. With Detroit still paying him and Griffin committed to winning a title more than anything, he might take a pay cut to play with a contending team like Suns, just as he once did with Brooklyn.

Signing Griffin just makes too much sense for Phoenix to ignore. The Suns need to pursue him immediately after inking a deal with Paul.