Phoenix Suns: Back to The Drawing Board

Martin BlackContributor IJune 8, 2009

PHOENIX - FEBRUARY 8:  Amare' Stoudemire #1 of the Phoenix Suns lays the ball in against Chris Wilcox #54 of the Seattle SuperSonics on February 8, 2008 at US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.(Photo by Domenic Centofanti/Getty Images)

Dear fellow Suns' fans,

I say this with the utmost sadness and regret, but I have had the unfortunate feeling for a while that a deal is on its way. It will come after the Finals and it will be huge. It will involve either Nash, Shaq, or Amare. I can also almost assure you that Phoenix will not get what they want out of this deal.

At this point, I hope the trade involves Amare because he is the only player that we can still get value out of. He still won't get the deal that we Suns' fans want because the enitre league knows he's being sold.

Get ready for rebuilding folks, because that's where we're headed. Back to the Kidd years, the early Marion years, the, gulp, Marbury years. I am disappointed at this, but I try to always remain optimistic when it comes to my Suns. Here is what we have to work with:

Guards - Leandro Barbosa, Jason Richardson, Alando Tucker, Goran Dragic

Forwards - Matt Barnes, Lou Amundson, Jared Dudley

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Centers - Stromile Swift, Robin Lopez

Now that I have typed this, I have become sick to my stomach and am fighting back the urge to vomit. Never mind, thinking positive thoughts only.

Barbosa and J-Rich are the key to us sustaining the slightest bit of flash. I think Tucker could develop into a solid player and maybe a starter if he overachieves. Dragic's career is still up in the air depending on how well he continues to adjust and develop, but honestly, I've run out of things to say about the Slovene who looks like he's twelve years old.

Amundson is such a refreshing player. With his hustle and desire he symbolizes everything the NBA should be, but he really doesn't have the offensive skills to be a starter in this league. I like Dudley. I really like Dudley. He plays good defense, makes good decisions on offense, and has a decent shot. He will be a good asset in rebuilding. Barnes is solid and actually could be decent trade bait when, not if, one of our big three are dealt.

Swift is decent, but will never be great. Lopez could possibly be the least coordinated player in the NBA. I have so little hope for him, but he could change my mind if he has a good sophomore season.

This draft could prove crucial. If we don't move up,Thabeet is the only player worth grabbing, but I don't see us getting up that high, I think we need to take Louisville forward Earl Clark or Ohio State center B.J. Mullens. Clark could develop into a versatile scorer and defender, think Shawn Marion-esque. He has good upside if he can put his head to it. Drafting Mullens would be the opportunity to grab a potential top five pick before he blossoms. He would be a three year project, but could become a dominant force if he fully develops.

I hope we can make a decent off-season move and get a good draft pick. That would be a solid start to the rebuilding process and would give me hope for a new light. I really would love to see the Suns win a championship and we must try or hardest to stay confident that we will find a way.

Always a friend,

Martin Black