NBA Trade Speculation: 3 Deals Phoenix Suns Should Make Before Dec. 23
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The Phoenix Suns are about to start their last season with two-time MVP point guard Steve Nash.
For Nash, a 66-game season is perfect. First, fewer games will be easier for the 38-year-old point guard. Second, for a point guard that is able to create his own plays and find his teammates anywhere on the court, less practice time can give the Suns a small advantage.
Of course, the Suns don't have the roster they need to make a run in the playoffs.
The Suns need to make some changes, but it doesn't look like they will make any changes this year.
Robert Sarver knows that he needs to add some star power if the Suns want to be relevant again, and he also knows that the Suns' backup point guard is Zabian Dowdell with Aaron Brooks signing in China. Thus, some moves need to be made.
Also, the Suns have to start thinking about the day after Nash.
Here are some trades I wouldn't mind seeing this season. Of course, most favor the Suns, so most likely they won't happen. But I'm a dreamer.
Take a look.
Josh Smith (Atlanta Hawks) for Mickael Pietrus and Josh Childress
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Both teams could benefit from this trade.
The Suns get a great defender and finisher in Josh Smith that would fit great with the Suns' run-and-gun style.
Steve Nash would really enjoy playing with Smith. Smith is a mix between Amar'e Stoudemire and Shawn Marion.
The Atlanta Hawks would get back long-lost son Josh Childress (and his big contract) and a tough defender and good shooter, Mickael Pietrus.
Also, if the Hawks want a sweeter deal, the Suns can throw in Robin Lopez.
A lot of teams will be after Smith, so I doubt the Suns will have what it takes to get him.
O.J. Mayo (Memphis Grizzlies) for Mickael Pietrus (L.A. Lakers in the Loop)
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If they trade with the Lakers, the following scenario would work:
Mickael Pietrus goes the Lakers with Metta World Peace (formerly known as Ron Artest) to the Grizzles and O.J. Mayo to the Suns.
The Lakers get a good defender and shooter and are able to get rid of an unpredictable player.
The Grizzles add a great defender who can guard any player from guard to power forward.
The Suns get a good shooter who can create for himself. Mayo is also young and can be built around.
Anderson Varejao (Cleveland Cavaliers) for Robin Lopez and Mickael Pietrus
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The Cavaliers could use a big man like Robin Lopez in the middle and a small forward like Mickael Pietrus. Both can shoot and play defense.
The Suns will get a very energetic power forward who can grab rebounds and finish the fast break.
Having Marcin Gortat and Anderson Varejao in the middle would give the Suns one of the strongest frontcourts in the league.