The Oklahoma City Thunder have traded forward Darius Bazley to the Phoenix Suns for forward Dario Saric and a second-round pick. With the blockbuster trade the Suns made early Thursday morning for star forward Kevin Durant, their bench was a bit depleted. Bazley has a high upside and is headed to a roster that hopes to compete for an NBA Championship. The Thunder acquire more draft capital for a player that likely did not factor into their long-term plans for the future of the franchise. Both teams make a move to secure their future in different ways.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 9, 2023
This season with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Darius Bazley averaged 5.4 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. He paired those numbers with a field goal percentage of 44.9 percent and a three-point percentage of 40 percent. This season with the Phoenix Suns, Dario Saric averaged 5.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game. He paired those numbers with a field goal percentage of 42.7 percent and a three-point percentage of 39.1 percent. The Suns may keep Saric on the roster this season to fill on the team or move on from him at some point in the future.