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Ricky Rubio reacts to getting traded to Thunder for Chris Paul

Ricky Rubio, Chris Paul, Suns

A shortened NBA offseason didn’t exactly mean a quiet one, as Monday’s trade between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Phoenix Suns has proven. 

As part of the trade, Chris Paul  and Abdel Nader will now join Devin Booker and DeAndre Ayton in Phoenix, while Ricky Rubio, Kelly Oubre, Ty Jerome, and Jalen Lecque will now head to Oklahoma City. 

At least one of the players included in the trade seemed surprised as the rest of us, with Rubio tweeting his reaction on the trade. 

Rubio will enter his 10th season in the league and has played for several teams, and yet the chaotic wheeling and dealing by teams during free agency still seems to surprise him. 

The 30-year old point guard now finds himself on the move for the third time in his NBA career after playing just one season with the Suns. Rubio, who was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the fifth overall pick in the 2009 Draft before joining the team two seasons later, will now play for his fourth team after playing three seasons for the Utah Jazz from 2017-2019 following his departure from the Timberwolves.

In his only season in Phoenix, the Spaniard averaged 13 points, 4.7 rebounds, 8.8 assists, and 1.4 steals while shooting 41.5% from the field and 36.1% from beyond the arc in 65 games. 

He will now be one of the few remaining veterans on a Thunder team that could also lose players like Dennis Schroder, Danilo Gallinari, and Steven Adams.

Oklahoma City, however, still has several young, talented players in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Lu Dort, along with a host of draft picks in the coming years that general manager Sam Presti and the front office will use to rebuild the team into a contender in the future.