Yes, it is that time of year again. With the trade deadline a few months away, trade speculation has already started and plenty of teams are putting their players on the trade block.
The Suns are no exception. Despite a current four-game winning streak, the Suns are 11-15 this season. It would not be the least bit surprising to see the team make a few deadline deals.
So, who's available? Other than Luis Scola who can't be traded due to amnesty rules, nobody is really untouchable. The Suns may be extremely reluctant to deal away Goran Dragic or Markieff Morris, but both Marcin Gortat and Jared Dudley are likely to draw interest. Should the team receive a good offer, they would probably pull the trigger and get a deal done.
Of course, there's also Michael Beasley. Although Phoenix's president of basketball operations, Lon Babby, has said that Beasley is a long-term project, it may be in the team's best interest to at least shop Beasley and see if there's a team willing to take him.
But what does this team need specifically?
Well, that's a good question, and there is no easy answer. Dragic has been effectively running the point, but other than that, the Suns really could use help at every other position.
They will need a future go-to scorer, several future big men and maybe even a small forward too, because Dudley is not a long-term answer.
Really, the team needs youth more than anything else.
Because they could use help everywhere and don't have many untouchable players, it wasn't that hard to formulate some possible trade ideas. Here are five balanced trades that the Phoenix Suns should look into before the trade deadline in February.
Note: All trade in this article were verified using ESPN's NBA Trade Machine feature.