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Chris Paul is coming back to the Pacific Division

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The Thunder are reportedly trading Paul to the Phoenix Suns.

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For a long time, the Golden State Warriors built a rivalry with a divisional foe, the Los Angeles Clippers. But it often felt like the rivalry was less between the Warriors and Clippers, and more between the Warriors and Chris Paul.

When Paul left the division and joined the Houston Rockets, that theory held up. The Warriors vs. Clippers matchups lost their luster, but the Warriors vs. Rockets matchups got even more intense.

Well, Paul is headed back to the Pacific Division, where the Warriors will get to once again see him with great regularity. According to multiple reports, the Oklahoma City Thunder have traded Paul to the Phoenix Suns.

It’s a huge get for the Suns, who are trying to return to the playoffs for the first time since the 2009-10 season, when they were still built around Steve Nash and Amar’e Stoudemire.

The Suns only went 34-39 last year, but they turned it on big time at the end of the season as things started to click. They went undefeated inside the NBA’s late-summer bubble in Orlando, with seven of their eight wins coming against playoff teams.

Now their core of Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton welcomes in a 10-time All-Star who still seems to be playing near his prime despite being 35.

Despite Paul and Steph Curry having a close friendship, the Warriors always seem to be excited about a matchup with the star point guard, and Dubs fans love few things more than beating CP3.

So this certainly figures to be a lot of fun for everyone.