That’s one method to put it.

Mikal Bridges was shocked when the Suns traded him to the Nets in a blockbuster deal for Kevin Durant within the early hours of Thursday morning.

“Omygod lol,” Bridges tweeted round 1 a.m. ET, simply minutes after ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski dropped the “Woj bomb.”

Wizards ahead Kyle Kuzma replied to Bridges’ tweet with a bunch of crying-laughing emojis, whereas followers shared comparable reactions.

Bridges beforehand pinned a tweet from August 2020 to his web page that learn, “I don’t ever wanna depart,” together with a coronary heart emoji, in reference to Phoenix. On the time, Bridges quote-tweeted a photograph from the Suns that confirmed him hugging his mother when he was chosen tenth general by the Sixers in 2018.

Suns ahead Mikal Bridges handles the ball towards the Pistons at Little Caesars Enviornment on Feb. 4, 2023 in Detroit, Michigan.
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The Villanova product, who’s a Philadelphia native, was then traded to the Suns in change for the draft rights to the No. 16 choose, Zhaire Smith, and a 2021 first-round choose by way of the Miami Warmth.

On the evening earlier than the NBA commerce deadline, the Suns and Nets pulled off a shock deal that despatched Durant west — simply days after Brooklyn traded level guard Kyrie Irving to the Mavericks.

The Suns acquired Durant and veteran ahead T.J. Warren in change for Bridges, Cam Johnson, Jae Crowder, 4 first-round draft picks, and a 2028 choose swap. The Nets will obtain unprotected alternatives in 2023, 2025, 2027, and 2029.

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Nets forward Kevin Durant drives with the ball against the Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center on Jan. 6, 2023 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Nets ahead Kevin Durant drives with the ball towards the Pelicans on the Smoothie King Heart on Jan. 6, 2023 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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The Nets are anticipated to discover commerce eventualities for Crowder forward of Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET deadline, in line with ESPN.

Since his arrival in Phoenix, the 26-year-old Bridges has been a key piece for the Suns — and now in his fifth season, has by no means missed a single sport.

Bridges is averaging 17.2 factors, 4.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.2 steals per sport in 56 contests. He’s capturing 46.3 p.c from the sector and 38.7 p.c from the three-point vary. 

The Suns are 30-26 and tied for the fourth seed within the Western Convention. They’re 8-2 of their final ten video games and want to prolong their win streak to 4 straight in Atlanta on Thursday.