The Phoenix Suns have surprised everyone by joining the playoff race in the Western Conference, but that might pale in comparison to what Phoenix does this offseason.
Suns general manager Ryan McDonough has set his team up brilliantly for the future. The Suns could have as many as four first-round picks in this year's loaded draft along with the ability to match any offer Eric Bledsoe receives in restricted free agency.
If Bledsoe receives a max deal or somewhere around that number, the Suns should still have in the area of $12 million to offer. Make no mistake: Bledsoe is the top priority this offseason for Phoenix.
While $12 million might not be enough to go after the big stars like Carmelo Anthony, the Suns can still add a very good player at that price point.
Phoenix wasn't expected to be in the position to bring in a star player quite yet, but this season has shown that the Suns aren't far off from being a serious competitor. With warm weather, a young team that plays a fun style of basketball and great management, Phoenix will be one of the more appealing free-agent destinations out there.
But which players should the Suns go after? Excluding the Big Three in Miami and other veteran max players, here are five choices the Suns could pursue in the 2014 offseason.