What Phoenix needs now, though, is to add complementary pieces who can upgrade the upstart roster. Having three first-round draft picks is certainly a perk, but general manager Ryan McDonough has said, “I think it’s unlikely that we’ll bring in three rookies to the Suns,” per BrightSideoftheSun.com’s Dave King.
As a result, free agency will be key as the Suns continue to adapt for the loaded Western Conference.
Goran Dragic displayed All-Star-caliber skills throughout 2013-14. Eric Bledsoe was a dynamic two-way player when healthy. The Morris twins continued to improve and the emergence of Gerald Green from “just a dunker” to a legitimate threat opposing teams had to game plan for had fans grinning from ear to ear.
The most logical step at this juncture is to retain the team’s own crop of free agents. Bledsoe—who is poised to become a restricted free agent—has to be the No. 1 priority. P.J. Tucker (restricted) and Channing Frye (who could decline a player option) proved themselves as key rotational cogs who should be retained at reasonable prices.
Those three guys are being emphasized here, so they won’t make the list of other sensible targets whose contracts expire for other organizations.
But who exactly are the available players McDonough and Co. should pursue?