NBA Free Agency 2012: Suns Shouldn't Sign Lou Williams If Eric Gordon Escapes

Adam FromalNational NBA Featured ColumnistJuly 10, 2012

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With the New Orleans Hornets expected to match the Phoenix Suns' offer sheet for Eric Gordon, it's time for the desert-based franchise to find a Plan B. 

According to Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick, the Suns are planning on pursuing former Philadelphia 76ers leading scorer Lou Williams if their pursuit of Gordon fails: 

When New Orleans matches Phoenix's max offer for Eric Gordon, don't be surprised if Suns set their sights on free agent G Lou Williams.

— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) July 6, 2012

This is a great idea for Phoenix, assuming the plan is to waste money. However, if it is trying to increase the team's potential for winning games, it's an awful one. 

How exactly does Williams fit in with this team?

At 6'1", he's too small to play any position but point guard, and point guard happens to be a rather full position on the current depth chart. Sure, the Suns lost Steve Nash, but they've already added two quality floor generals during the offseason. 

Goran Dragic is going to be brought back to Phoenix as soon as he can officially sign his four-year, $34 million deal. Plus, Phoenix used its first pick in the 2012 NBA Draft to select Kendall Marshall, an NBA-ready passer out of North Carolina who is ready to contribute in a small role right away. 

Where does that leave Williams? 

He's certainly not going to start over Dragic and letting him serve as the primary backup would be like giving up on the left-handed former Tar Heel before he even sets foot on the court. 

Williams isn't able to play shooting guard for the Suns either, seeing as he's only 6'1". Given the defensive prowess of some members of the Sixers, Williams was able to play some 2-guard last season, but he was significantly worse when doing so. 

Phoenix doesn't have Andre Iguodala and Elton Brand to make up for the size deficit if Williams lines up in a two-point-guard set. 

The Suns would be much better-served to spend their valuable money on a true shooting guard or small forward who can complement Dragic and Jared Dudley. Players like O.J. Mayo and Courtney Lee should be heavily considered, not a ball-demanding point guard who would clog up the backcourt rotation.