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Abdel Nader reportedly traded to Suns as part of Chris Paul deal

Oct 8, 2019; Tulsa, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Abdel Nader (11) goes up for a basket between two Dallas Maverick defenders during the second half at BOK Center. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports

On the first day trades could be made in the NBA, a former Cyclone is on the move.

Abdel Nader will be sent from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Phoenix Suns, along with perennial All-Star point guard Chris Paul, for Ricky Rubio, Kelly Oubre, Ty Jerome, Jalen Lacque and a 2022 first-round pick, according to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Nader averaged 4.5 points, 1.8 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game for the Thunder and Celtics while playing in 164 games across the last three seasons. The 27-year-old forward played in 55 games for OKC this past season, averaging 6.3 points, 1.8 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game.

Stay tuned for any other news involving former Cyclones in the NBA as this will likely be a busy week around the association, including Wednesday night’s Draft.

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