The long-awaited reopening of the NBA’s trade market on Monday provided an immediate blockbuster that would send Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul to join the Phoenix Suns. Devin booker Is the form of a dynamic backcourt.
24-year-old Kelly Aubrey Jr. in Oklahoma City, and will receive Ricky Rubio, 30 from Sun as Paul’s headliner, including a 2022 first round draft pick. The deal came together in the first hour after the NBA allowed trading for the first time in more than nine months.
On Sunday, the Reconstruction Thunder made a verbal agreement to trade to the Reserve Guard Dennis Schroder For the Los Angeles Lakers, according to two people familiar with the deal. Oklahoma City will also acquire Danny Green and select No. 28 in Wednesday night’s draft for the Shredders, meaning that the Thunder general manager Sam Presti – once the trades are made official – will be in the next seven IBA drafts. Through 16 first-round picks will be received through 2026.
“Chris has been a leader for a short time and has left a great legacy in a very short period of time,” Priti said in a statement on Monday, announcing the business.
Rubio, with the help of the Sun Off fresher winning the final 8–0, closed the previous season with Booker, appearing on Twitter reacting to the trade with some expectations: “… what business,” He posted, followed by Upside. Happy face emoji.
The Thunder were one of last season’s overachievers after receiving Paul in a trade with the Houston Rockets, who swapped two of those 16 future first-round picks as well as first-round picks with the Rockets in 2021 and 2025 Obtained the right to Yet it became clear that Presti was ready to rebuild, after the Thunder lost the first-round playoff series to the Rockets in seven games.
Coach Billy Donovan left the Thunder in September instead of trying to get the Thunder out of a contract extension and was hired as coach of the Chicago Bulls shortly thereafter. Recently, Presti told Paul and his representatives that they could try to find a business partner that would appeal to the All-Star Guard, according to a person with information about the arrangement, which was publicly known Was not authorized to discuss with.
Paul, 35, who has two seasons and left about $ 85 million on his contract, wanted to be near his family in the Western Conference, which he played in Oklahoma City last season while living in Los Angeles. After playing for Williams for a season in New Orleans, according to Person, Paul has a strong relationship with Suns coach Monty Williams.
In addition to a reunion with Williams, Paul will now team up with the Sun’s young cornerstone duo of the Bookers and DeAndre Ayton to try to restore Phoenix to Western Conference relevance. The Suns have missed the playoffs for 10 consecutive seasons, the second-longest active playoff drought behind Sacramento’s 14. But Phoenix, Orlando, Fla. Had one of the surprising stories of an NBA restart at Walt Disney World, After coming from another. The record of 22 teams participating is still missing the postseason by a half-game after a flourishing 8-0 only.
The business is the latest milestone event in an event — plus for Paul. During the 2019 off-season, Houston gave up four draft assets to persuade Oklahoma City to absorb Paul’s contract. After this off-season, Paul played at an All-Star level for the Thunder, with Oklahoma City immediately able to make the first round takeover in the trade.
“Man, I’m 35 years old and I still get a chance to play basketball every day and say this is my way of life,” Paul said last week during an appearance in the Time 100 speakers series Rumors were asked about it. “It’s crazy in itself, so whatever it is, I’ll be ready.”
Paul averaged 17.6 points and 6.7 assists per game last season, earning his 10th trip to the NBA All-Star Game. Aubrey averaged a career-best 18.7 points per game for the Suns last season, but did not play in the NBA bubble while recovering from knee surgery; Rubio scored 13.0 points and 8.8 assists in his first season with the Sun after signing a three-year, $ 51 million contract in July 2019.
Schroder Business of Oklahoma City, The New York Times reported on Sunday, Came together in part because Lakers’ fear Rajon Rondo would make an offer in free agency after a strong run in the playoffs, making it difficult for him to be able to re-sign, given the champion’s budget constraints. The Lakers saw Schroder, who ranked as one of the league’s top sixth men last season, boosting his offense by an average of 18.9 points and 4.0 per game.
The Lakers are also interested in signing Wesley Matthews Jr. of Milwaukee. To replace Green’s defensive ability in free agency, 3-point shooting and experience, according to a person familiar with the team’s plans he was not authorized to discuss publicly.