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In addition to Josh Smith, it was recently reported that the Suns also have some interest in Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson, as well as Gordon Hayward.
Of all the deals that the Suns could make, this probably makes the least sense, not only for Phoenix but also for Utah.
Trading for Jefferson would be all about making a big splash and acquiring a player that the Suns can truly build around. Jefferson does average 19.2 points and 10.3 rebounds per 36 minutes, and he is a vastly underrated center with a great offensive post game, but he just simply isn't someone who can lead the Suns to victory.
Of course, Jefferson and Dragic would just be two temporary go-to pieces while the Suns look for that true superstar player either through free agency or the draft.
But even so, Jefferson is already 28, and he could very well be 32 or 33 by the time the Suns finally find a superstar player. If Phoenix really wants to rebuild, they should trade veterans like Gortat for prospects and draft picks, not for borderline All-Stars who are about to start their decline. Simply put, there are no shortcuts to rebuilding and looking for loopholes will only elongate the entire process.
At the same time, this trade also doesn't make much sense for the Jazz. While Utah does want to unload salary and get rid of players such as Millsap and Jefferson who are about to be free agents, they also want to make room for Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter to have more playing time in the frontcourt.
The Jazz might be interested in receiving a center in return for Jefferson, but trading one above-average starting center for another does not help them develop their prospects. If anything, Utah would probably be more interested in trading for Jared Dudley and other players who can help them on the wing at shooting guard or small forward.
Within the next week, the first thing the Suns need to do before they trade anybody is figure out what direction they want to go in.
If they want to take the general path of rebuilding and trade veterans to start a youth movement, then at least it will become clear that they have a plan set in place and that the Lindsey Hunter hiring was justified. If they decide that they would rather trade for veteran players in their prime and becomes buyers at the deadline, that is their choice as well.
But if the Suns ever want to get rid of their current losing culture, they need to establish a plan for the future. Even if they are losing virtually every game for the next couple seasons, they need to put in effort and prove to the fanbase that there is always a reason for every distinct move that they make. Show the fans some promise when they go to games, or at least prove that the team has some sort of sense of direction.
That is how they can fill up the seats, and that is how this team can ultimately get back on track.