Hedo Turkoglu and Josh Childress Set to Join Phoenix Suns
From top to bottom, the Phoenix Suns will have a vastly different look by the time next season rolls around.
The extreme organizational makeover continued Monday when the Suns acquired Hedo Turkoglu and Josh Childress in separate deals.
The Raptors were anxious to move Turkoglu, who spurned an offer from the Portland Trail Blazers to sign in Toronto as a free agent in 2009.
He averaged 11 points on 40 percent shooting in his lone nightmarish season with Raptors.
According to an Arizona Republic report, the Suns will send guard Leandro Barbosa and forward Dwayne Jones to the Raptors in exchange for Turkoglu, who is expected to forfeit a $5 million trade bonus and reduce guaranteed money in the final year of his contract.
The Suns will likely use Turkoglu primarily on the wing, but could also use a small lineup in an effort to return to their old run-and-gun style.
In another effort improve roster depth, the Suns are set to acquire Josh Childress from the Atlanta Hawks in a sign-and-trade.
The Hawks had contract rights to Childress, who spent the last two seasons playing professionally in Greece.
The former lottery pick in 2004 draft averaged over 11 points in his four seasons with the Hawks.
Childress will likely split minutes with Turkoglu and ageless wonder Grant Hill at small forward.
The Republic reported that Childress is expected to sign a five-year, $34 million deal and will be acquired in exchange for a second-round pick in 2012.
The Suns are also poised to make moves in the management level of the organization.
Embattled majority owner Robert Sarver is expected to name former NBA player-agent Lon Babby as president of basketball operations, according to an ESPN report.
Sarver is reportedly planning to surround Babby with several other advisers, creating a bureaucracy that could eventually lead to internal rifts in the organization.
At the same time, the acquisitions of Turkoglu and Childress make the Suns a solid playoff contender heading into next season.
Assuming he is healthy and motivated, Turkgolu’s all-around game would take pressure off of Steve Nash and free up open looks for Jason Richardson on the perimeter.
Childress will provide size on the outside and insurance in the event of an injury to Hill or Turkoglu.
A $34 million insurance policy suggests that the penny-pinching Sarver might have more resources at his disposal than originally suspected.
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