The Phoenix Suns are under five years removed from a trip to the Western Conference Finals, but Arizona's basketball franchise remains an under-the-radar landing spot for NBA free agents. After finishing a Pacific Division-worst 25-57, the Suns are meddled in a rebuild, and the process is going to take some time.
While we're waiting for general manager Ryan McDonough's project to come to life, we have a little time to stroll down memory lane and pay respect to some of the best Suns to don the uniform. Today's distinction: the following individuals had to have signed with Phoenix via free agency.
Unfortunately that means we have to exclude Charles Barkley, Amare Stoudemire, Kevin Johnson and Connie Hawkins from the list, as they arrived either as rookies from the draft of as a result of a trade. If you're looking for a ranking of top 10 Suns of all time, I agree with Hoops Manifesto's Jeff Fox's 2010 rendition, linked here.
The Suns have been a winning franchise since conception, posting a .552 winning percentage and reaching the Finals twice. They still haven't brought home the coveted Larry O'Brien trophy. New GM McDonough is looking to change all of that, but knows not to get ahead of himself. His plans will not fully develop for at least two more seasons.
That's about as much future speculation as I'm willing to get into at this point. For now, let me show you who gave the Suns the best value in free agency.