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Veteran point guard Ricky Rubio was reportedly traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday along with Kelly Oubre, Ty Jerome, Jalen Lecque and a 2022 conditional first-round pick in exchange for Chris Paul and Abdel Nader, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
It was a blockbuster start to the NBA offseason, and a deal that Rubio apparently didn’t see coming at all:
Ricky Rubio @rickyrubio9
… what a business 🙃
So the Suns now have a Big Three of Paul, Devin Booker and DeAndre Ayton, a trio that on paper complements one another nicely. Having a facilitator of Paul’s caliber should help Ayton get easier looks and will take a ton of playmaking pressure off Booker and allow him to do what he does best—score the rock.
Kevin O’Connor @KevinOConnorNBA
Chris Paul will do wonders for Deandre Ayton as the best P&R playmaker of his career. We’re about to witness the best version of Devin Booker with the easy shots CP3 can create for him as a cutter and shooter. With a strong supporting cast, the Suns will be really, really good.
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Deandre Ayton is going to get screamed at by Chris Paul on a nearly daily basis.
And he’s going to be better because of it and he’ll have an awesome season.
As for the Thunder, they are transitioning fully into a rebuilding mode, having already agreed to a deal to send Dennis Schroder to the Los Angeles Lakers for a 2020 first-round pick and Danny Green. The Thunder will now build around young players like Oubre, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and the enormous collection of draft picks they have in the coming years.
As for Rubio, well, the 30-year-old will likely start at point guard for the young Thunder and see plenty of playing time. But the trade was a surprise to many, Rubio obviously included.
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