Mar 25, 2023; Denver, Colorado, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Grayson Allen (12) before the game against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Earlier this month, Grayson Allen took to social media to make a pledge to Milwaukee Bucks fans.

“Bucks fans this is the last number change I promise,” Allen wrote on the social media platform X, along with a crying laughing emoji while quoting a post announcing that he would be changing his jersey number from 12 to 3 for the upcoming season

As it turns out, Allen won’t get the chance to wear No. 3—which he wore during his college career at Duke — in Milwaukee after all.

On Wednesday, Allen was traded to the Phoenix Suns as a part of the blockbuster three-team deal in which his now former team acquired All-Star point guard Damian Lillard from the Portland Trail Blazers. Taking to the social media platform X for the first time since announcing his number change, Allen acknowledged the humor by quoting the original post with a simple “lol.”

According to multiple reports, joining Allen in Phoenix as a part of the trade will be Jusuf Nurkic, Nassir Little and Keon Johnson, while Portland will acquire receive Jrue Holiday, Deandre Ayton, Toumani Camara, Milwaukee’s 2029 unprotected first-round draft pick and unprotected Milwaukee swap rights in 2028 and 2030 in exchange for Lillard.

As for Allen, it’s not clear what jersey number he’ll be wearing in Phoenix—although 3 is currently occupied by the newly acquired Bradley Beal.

[Grayson Allen on X]

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