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Phoenix Suns Will Rise Again: 7 Solutions to Make Them a Playoff Team

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Phoenix Suns Will Rise Again: 7 Solutions to Make Them a Playoff Team
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The Phoenix Suns finished with a mediocre 40-42 record. This regression is not good for the Phoenix Suns franchise. Injuries, lack of continuity and the loss of Amare Stoudemire triggered their descent from borderline championship contender to mediocre status. Suns President Lon Babby's obsession with small forwards has also derailed the Suns this past season.

It seems the sun is setting on Steve Nash and Grant Hill. Nash and Hill manage to turn back the sun each season with their stellar play.

Teams on the rise such as the Memphis Grizzlies and the Oklahoma City Thunder, along with old favorites such as Dallas, Los Angeles, and San Antonio, make their quest to make the playoffs that much more difficult.

The trade with Orlando netted them a future All-Star big man in Marcin Gortat. It also saved them a lot of money with the buyout of Vince Carter's contract this summer. Although the Suns are losing money, they have some cap space and a sizable trade exception.

Here are seven somewhat unconventional solutions to improve the Phoenix Suns. I am not saying these solutions will make them championship material. I am saying it will improve them to where they can make the playoffs.

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