Mikal Bridges was traded to the Nets as part of the Kevin Durant deal on Thursday, but he didn’t find out through the team. Instead, a now former teammate informed him of the decision.
The forward revealed in an interview that he learned about his fate via a FaceTime call from Damion Lee.
Bridges had been a prominent part of the Suns’ recent success, averaging double digits in each of the last two campaigns. He produced a career-high 17 points per game this season, helping Phoenix jump out to a 30-26 record in 2022-23.
But to his surprise, he was dealt as part of a deal with the Nets.
He found out about his departure from Arizona through a teammate.
Damion Lee apparently called him to inform him of the trade on a FaceTime call. The forward said as much in a recent interview with TNT.
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Mikal Bridges didn’t find out he was being shipped in the most conventional of ways, but he had the best possible response to the awkward situation.
After checking the updates and learning his fate, Bridges responded to the news with a message on Twitter.
He was a good sport, but Bridges has yet to change his top pinned message on the app, which reads, “I don’t ever wanna leave [Phoenix].” Unfortunately, he’ll have to do so as he was part of a blockbuster deal that sent Kevin Durant to the West Coast.
The youngster had become a fan favorite in Phoenix, even recently being seen belting out My Chemical Romance karaoke in a famed Arizona State bar.
But his time in the Grand Canyon State has come to an end.
Bridges has been able to improve his production each of the last three seasons, starting more than 200 games with the team. He’d become a mainstay in the lineup, but the Suns believed KD would provide a better chance at an NBA title.
Hopefully, he can provide the Nets with a similar output over the second half of the season as Brooklyn looks to land a playoff spot.