The Phoenix Suns are coming off one of the worst seasons in team history and have only the June 27 draft to look forward to this offseason.
Phoenix will have three picks in the 2013 NBA Draft, including two first-round selections.
Having those three picks gives the team some freedom to negotiate trades in order to either move around in the draft or acquire young players.
Just to be clear, I'm not saying the Suns should make any trades at all during the draft. But I would be remiss to ignore the fact that trades could happen, especially in a rebuilding team like Phoenix.
Trade Scenario No. 1
Phoenix trades Michael Beasley for $3 million cash and a 2013 second-round pick (from Denver). Portland trades their own 2013 second-round pick.
From a pure basketball standpoint, this is not a scenario that improves Phoenix. However, they rid themselves of the enigma that is Michael Beasley.
For Portland, they get a potential double-digit scorer, at a discounted price, for the worst-scoring bench in the NBA.
Trade Scenario No. 2
Phoenix trades Shannon Brown and a 2013 first-round pick (from Miami). Brooklyn Trades MarShon Brooks.
Phoenix gets younger at shooting guard and receives a player under club control until the 2015 offseason.
Brooklyn gets a comparable player in Brown and an extra first-round pick to draft a young player or move around in the draft.
Trade Scenario No. 3
Phoenix trades Marcin Gortat, and Dallas trades their 2013 first-round pick.
Phoenix trades Gortat, who is not in the long-term plans of the franchise, and gets a lottery pick to help rebuild.
Dallas gets a proven center, who can consistently get 15 points and 10 rebounds per game, and finally pairs Dirk Nowitzki with the center he's desperately needed.