Chris Paul guarding Kyrie Irving. Feb 1, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) dribbles the ball against Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) during the first half at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Brooklyn Nets made the inevitable decision to trade star point guard Kyrie Irving to the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday. However, the Nets had other offers for Irving, including a reported trade offer from the Phoenix Suns which included 12-time All-Star Chris Paul.

TNT’s Chris Haynes revealed on Sunday that the Suns offered a package centered around Chris Paul, Jae Crowder, and “unspecified picks” for Irving.

The Nets ultimately ended up getting Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith, a 2029 first-round pick and 2027 and 2029 second-round picks in return for Irving and veteran forward Markieff Morris.

It is certainly shocking to see Paul being offered in a trade considering all he has helped build with the Suns. Since joining the team in the 2020-21 season, he has made two All-Star appearances and helped change the culture of Suns basketball.

From 2010-11 season to the 2019-20 season, the Suns made the playoffs just once. Paul played a big role in turning things around, helping Phoenix make the playoffs in each of the last two seasons. That included an NBA Finals appearance in his first season with the Suns.

Many around the NBA world took notice of Paul’s inclusion in Phoenix’s trade offer and were also quite surprised.

Chris Paul has finally started to see a small drop in his production this season, but he is certainly still a valuable player at this stage of his career. Considering all he has helped build in Phoenix, he surely won’t be happy about now being publically discussed in trade talks.

[Chris Haynes on Twitter]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.