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Is Another Brother Suns PG Solution?

In this week’s #BSoftheSuns Espo imagines acquiring a Houston PG

Over the last week it’s become abundantly clear that Ryan McDonough and the Phoenix Suns are on the hunt for who will hopefully become the next great point guard for a franchise which has been defined by them. But who in the heck will it be?

What if I told you there is a universe where they can acquire a guard with Hall of Fame heritage that also fits in the franchise’s lore?

Not this universe we live in. But some universe, somewhere.

Remember in old school sitcoms where they’d spend an entire episode showing viewers an alternate universe involving the characters and who they could have been? This is the Suns’ version. This is a world where they get Paul from Houston. But not Chris. The other one. With the glasses and the bow tie.


PHOENIX –The Phoenix Suns today (might have) acquired the brother of 9-time all-star, 4-time All-NBA First Team, 7-time First All-Defensive First Team and the 2006 NBA Rookie of the Year, Chris Paul.

“We are excited to carry on a time honored tradition here in Phoenix,” Managing Partner Robert Sarver might say. “By adding Cliff Paul we’ve not only answered our point guard position but we’ve also brought the lesser brother of an NBA star to town which as always been one of our favorite things to do since we first arrived in the Valley.”

Cliff (pronounced C-LIFF) is a veteran leader, proven winner and is great at giving quotes. He has eight years of running his own State Farm branch and has spent 14 years as a member of the State Farm team winning most friendly agent of the year two separate times. He’s a defensive specialist who knows how to protect the house. He joins such great lesser brothers to be on the Suns’ roster as Tom Van Arsdale, Taylor Griffin, Markieff or Marcus Morris -- we’re not sure which -- Miles Plumlee, Luke Zeller and Zoran Dragic.

The 6-foot, 215-pound point guard joins the Suns after working the last two seasons in Houston, where he followed his brother after a successful stint in Los Angeles.

“In an offseason where our obsession was becoming the further west branch of the Rockets, it only seemed right to land a point guard with Houston ties,” General Manager Ryan McDonough might say.

“While we didn’t have what it’d take to land Chris, we got basically the carbon copy in Cliff. We may even have him shave his mustache and try contacts in hopes that defenders confuse him with the real deal. The fact that he fits in our tradition of brotherly love and “TWINS” was just a bonus.”

For his career, the 33-year-old has averaged 16.5 points, 6.5 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals while shooting 45.3 percent from three-point range in 942 games with the Cliffhangers of the State Farm rec league.

Acquiring Paul came with an assist from the Arizona Cardinals as he was included in the stadium naming rights deal the club reached with State Farm. The Suns will send PJ Warren, TJ’s lesser known insurance inclined brother, future naming rights to a club level bathroom and unlimited Jumbotron recognition for the Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald when he attends games.

Originally selected by the State Farm home office in New Orleans after an impressive first interview, Paul joined the insurance industry following two years at Wake Forest. Born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, he attended West Forsyth High School in Clemons North Carolina before attending Wake Forest.

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