The Oklahoma City Thunder made official what had been reported by multiple media outlests on Monday, announcing they have traded Chris Paul and Abdel Nader to the Phoenix Suns, in exchange for Ricky Rubio, Kelly Oubre, Ty Jerome, and Jalen Lecque and a first round draft pick in 2022.
The Thunder have been expected to trade Paul ever since he came to OKC in the summer of 2019.
Rubio and Oubre are the key players in the deal for the Thunder.
Rubio averaged 13.0 points and 8.8 assists last season for the Suns, while Oubre, a former Kansas star, averaged 18.7 points and 6.4 rebounds a game last year.
Rubio is 30 years old and has played nine seasons in the NBA. Last season was his first with the Suns.
Oubre is 24 and has played six seasons in the NBA, the last two with Phoenix.
“We want to thank Chris for the contributions he has made to the Thunder and the Oklahoma City community both this season and during his initial tenure in 2005-06 with the Hornets,” said Thunder General Manager Sam Presti. “Chris has been the consummate leader and has left a tremendous legacy in a short period of time. We wish him and Abdel and their families only the best moving forward. We also look forward to welcoming Ricky, Kelly, Ty and Jalen to Oklahoma City and are excited for them to join the Thunder program.”
The trade allows the Thunder to dump Paul’s massive salary, and the additional draft pick means OKC could have as many as 17 first round picks over the next seven drafts.
The NBA Draft is Wednesday, with free agency starting on Friday.