Phoenix Suns' Restraint at the NBA Trade Deadline Is a Positive Sign

Jonathan CullenSenior Writer IFebruary 22, 2013

The Suns passed on making a trade for the Hawks' Josh Smith.
The Suns passed on making a trade for the Hawks' Josh Smith.Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Admit it, Phoenix Suns fans: Everyone in Phoenix breathed a sigh of relief after yesterday's NBA trade deadline passed without the Suns making a major move.

Phoenix was rumored to be trading for Atlanta Hawks' Josh Smith right up until the day of the deadline. Finally, with hours to go, the Suns seemed to bow out, according to this report from Sam Amick.

Smith is a good player, but he would have marginally increased the Suns' win total for the remainder of the season, caused the Suns to give up what few assets they currently have and potentially have committed the team to a max-contract for a good—not great—player.

The Suns' interest in trading for the Hawks' 27-year-old Smith had been rumored earlier in the month by Hoopsworld's Alex Kennedy.

If the Suns really want Smith, they can chase him this summer when he is a free agent.

It was a sign of restraint from Suns' general manager Lance Blanks and president Lon Babby. There is no quick fix to change the Suns' fortunes and management has finally come to that realization.

The Suns are currently 18-37 and in last place in the Western Conference. Even with the change in coaches, the team has been basically the same.

The minor moves the Suns did make at the deadline were exactly the type of low-risk, high-reward moves the team should be making.

Marcus Morris from the Houston Rockets for a second-round pick? Great move, even if it doesn't work out. Morris, the twin brother of Suns' forward Markieff Morris, was the 14th pick of the 2011 NBA Draft by the Rockets, one pick after his brother was picked.


Acquiring Morris less than two seasons later for a pick that will likely be around the 35th pick of the second round is a great move for a team with nothing to lose.

Having both brothers play together might have them attain the level of play that they had playing with the Kansas Jayhawks. It certainly can't hurt. Both players have talent.

The other move was trading Sebastian Telfair to the Toronto Raptors for a 2014 second-round pick and Hamed Haddadi.

By making the trade, it opened up more playing time for the younger players on the Suns' roster and also allows the Suns to avoid having four draft picks in this June's draft.

Right now, the Suns should be playing their young players heavy minutes the remainder of the season to see what they have. Management needs to be able to make evaluations about the entire roster before this summer.

Phoenix fans should be rooting for the L.A. Lakers to be losing on a nightly basis. If the Lakers miss the playoffs, the Suns will have two lottery picks in the upcoming draft.

For the Suns, no big move was a good move for the future.


Information used from Gery Woelfel/Journal Times, Sam Amick/USA Today, Alex Kennedy/Hoopsworld, NBA, Chuck Myron/Hoopsworld, Paul Coro/AZ Republic