Phoenix Suns' Restraint at the NBA Trade Deadline Is a Positive Sign
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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.
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.
Should the Suns have traded for Josh Smith?
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.
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.
For the Suns, no big move was a good move for the future.
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