(Los Angeles) The Oklahoma City Thunder point guard traded Chris Paul to the Phoenix Suns for Spain point guard Ricky Rubio, winger Kelly Oubre Jr, two young players and a first-round pick in the NBA Draft.
Posted on November 16, 2020 at 3:01 p.m.
Full-back Ty Jerome and point guard Jalen Lecque, two youngsters little used last season, are also leaving for Phoenix.
That’s what ESPN and The Athletic report. If confirmed, this is the first major exchange of this offseason.
The 35-year-old star, ten times a member of the all-star team, will bring his untouched talent and experience especially to a team that includes emerging star Devin Booker.
The goal will be to allow the Suns to find the playoffs that have eluded them since 2010. In the Disney World bubble this summer, Phoenix was very close to qualifying after winning all eight games at the end of the regular season, showing a very interesting potential.
For the Thunder, it’s a reconstruction that starts with Ricky Rubio (13 pts, 8.8 assists) and Kelly Oubre Jr. (18.7 pts) who will have to find the right chemistry with the Canadian back Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, author of a past season full of promises (19 pts, 5.8 rebounds).
And it’s not over, since according to US media, Oklahoma City has also reached an agreement with the Los Angeles Lakers to exchange their German point guard Dennis Schröder for veteran winger Danny Green.