The long-awaited resume of the NBA’s trade market on Monday provided an immediate blockbuster that would give the Phoenix Suns a dynamic backcourt for Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul to join Devin Booker.
Oklahoma City will receive 24-year-old Kelly Aubrey Jr. as the headliner of a package for Paul, and 30-year-old Ricky Rubio, including a 2022 first-round draft pick according to two familiar with the details. He was not authorized to discuss it publicly. The deal, which has not been finalized, came together in the first hour after allowing trades to the NBA for the first time in more than nine hours. The Paul business was first reported by ESPN.
On Sunday, the rebuilding Thunder made a verbal agreement to trade reserve guard Dennis Schroder to 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 will be made official – will go through the next seven IBA drafts at 16 Will receive 2026 through first-round picks.
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 quickly became apparent after the Thunder lost the first-round playoff series to the Rockets in seven games, that Preity was poised to rebuild.
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. More recently, Presti told Paul and his representatives that they could try to find a business partner who would appeal to the All-Star Guard, according to a person with knowledge of the arrangement, who was publicly Was not authorized to discuss it.
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 Williams for one season in New Orleans, Paul has a strong relationship with Sun coach Coach Monty Williams, according to Person.
In addition to reuniting 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 after Sacramento’s 14. But Phoenix Orlando, Fla. Had one of the surprising stories of an NBA restart at Walt Disney World, the second After arriving with. 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 18.9 points and 4.0 assists per game as one of the league’s top sixth men last season, which gives his offense a substantial boost.
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 who were not authorized to discuss them publicly.