With the NBA trade deadline just a few weeks away, the Phoenix Suns may find some new midseason acquisitions on their hands, especially since the team is currently last in the Western Conference and could probably benefit from a couple of trades.
A major roster overhaul may not be necessary, but as the Suns shift their focus toward player development and look at the future, veteran players on the roster become more expendable. The Suns have already been linked to Josh Smith trade rumors, but they will also likely pursue prospects and draft picks in return for their veteran players.
So, who exactly is available? Most likely, everyone except Goran Dragic, who is the team's MVP and Luis Scola, who cannot be traded until the end of the season due to amnesty restrictions. Marcin Gortat, Jared Dudley, Sebastian Telfair and Jermaine O'Neal are all veteran players who might generate some interest in the trade market and therefore are the most likely players to be gone in a few weeks.
What do the Suns want in return? Well, unless Phoenix nets a bargain deal for Josh Smith, they will be going after prospects on rookie contracts and draft picks. If they need salaries to balance out, expiring contracts are preferred as well. But youth is definitely going to be the priority for Phoenix going forward.
Now, here are some realistic trade scenarios that the Suns should be considering.
Note: All trades were verified using ESPN's NBA Trade Machine feature.