Whether the Phoenix Suns are preparing to pull the trigger on a blockbuster trade or deliver a less groundbreaking deal to tweak the roster, general manager Ryan McDonough certainly appears poised to do something.
“I think it’s unlikely we bring in three rookies to the Suns next year,” the GM said, per Dave Dulberg of ArizonaSports.com. “Our preference would be, as I said when I arrived, to trade for a star if we can do that.”
Considering that there aren’t many stars occupying the NBA trade block, trading for a huge name may not be in the cards. McDonough, however, has also expressed the viewpoint that Phoenix doesn’t need a head-turning transaction in order to reach (and compete in) the postseason.
He said the following, per ArizonaSports.com’s Craig Grialou:
One of the things that was impressive this year, if you look at our record when the starters were healthy, when our five starters played, obviously (Goran) Dragic, (Eric) Bledsoe, (P.J.) Tucker, Channing (Frye) and (Miles) Plumlee, we were 23-11. So if you win more than two-thirds of your games, you’re an elite team.
We feel like we’re not far away.
With that outlook, the Suns may simply opt to fine-tune the roster rather than risk threatening team chemistry with any sort of overhaul.
In any case, there are other teams within the Association that have established talents they may be willing to part with for the right price. Phoenix undoubtedly has the assets to negotiate: multiple draft picks (including three in the first round this year) and young players with potential.
It’s a rarity when teams actually consider moving proven rotational players for fresh pieces, but there are a few that make the list.