Dario Saric returns to Phoenix after OKC trade

Michael Taylor
Michael Taylor

Dario Saric laughed it up with Deandre Ayton and acknowledged the fans before his pregame workout Friday at Footprint Center.

“’Rio taught me a lot, man,” Ayton said. “Real talk. How to use my body. Stay low.” 

Then Saric received a resounding ovation from the crowd and a round of applause from the Suns players starting with Devin Booker when he was announced in the first quarter.

“That’s my man,” Booker said. “Lifelong friend of mine. He always had great energy.”

Welcome home.

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Dario Saric (9) against the Phoenix Suns in the first half of a Feb. 24, 2023, game at Footprint Center in Phoenix.

“’Rio, that’s our guy, man,” Suns All-Star Chris Paul said. “You see how everybody in the crowd went crazy for him. It’s bigger than teammates. We stay connected.”

Saric made his return to Phoenix just two weeks after the Suns (33-28) traded him and a second-round pick to Oklahoma City (28-31) for Darius Bazley right before the Feb. 9 trade deadline.

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