Trade season has arrived and on Monday Oklahoma City sent Chris Paul and Abdel Nader to Phoenix in exchange for Kelly Oubre, Ricky Rubio, Ty Jerome, Jalen Lecque and a 2022 first-round pick.
Here’s how NBA players and people around the league reacted to the news:
… what a business 🙃
— Ricky Rubio (@rickyrubio9) November 16, 2020
PHX going to be nice
— Josh Hart (@joshhart) November 16, 2020
CP3 to the suns is very intriguing
— Jordan Bell (@1jordanbell) November 16, 2020
Way to be Bold @Suns !!!
— George Karl (@CoachKarl22) November 16, 2020
While not be widely known, Devin Booker is one of the most competitive and fiery players in the NBA. The combo of Book and Chris Paul from a competitive, talent and basketball IQ will make the Suns not only a playoff team but scary. CP is also an amazing mentor to young players.
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) November 16, 2020
PHX must’ve been one of CP3’s preferred destinations & Presti is doing him a bit of a solid here because OKC definitely could’ve gotten a more robust haul for him than this. https://t.co/uRKYFRCPbZ
— nick wright (@getnickwright) November 16, 2020
OKC now has 17 First-Round Picks from now until 2027, h/t @wojespn.
My goodness. pic.twitter.com/YanimLuOTx
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) November 16, 2020
Smart play for Phoenix now is to focus on their own free agents: Saric and Baynes.
Letting both go only leaves them with $9.3M room ML and $3.6M biannual exception.
Can bring both back and still have the 2 exceptions to use.
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) November 16, 2020