The Phoenix Suns have had a pretty rough first part of the season.
There have been a multitude of trade rumors involving their best player, Steve Nash, and they also traded their leading scorer Jason Richardson for what seems like a has-been, a washing machine and a bag of peanuts.
Better known as Vince Carter, Marcic Gortat and Mickael Pietrus.
This trade has put the whole franchise under a big question mark, literally. Their next move could be going to Kansas and, well the rest is a mystery considering their fan base would die down to some cows and sheep.
Well, enough with the poorly attempted jokes and lets ask the simple question of what's next?
My magic 8-Ball tells me to ask again later, so that means I have to use the body part above my shoulders to answer this one.
The Suns seem to be on the verge of a great rebuilding, but like many men going through their mid-life crisis, they also seem to be in denial.
They have kept their most important player and team leader on the roster, but he is getting older and trading him is making more and more sense now.
However, if they don't one has to wonder where exactly their current roster can take them.
The Suns are sitting on a 13-16 record, but have not played one game with all of their new acquisitions, so that is definitely still a big question mark.
One thing that has lingered in Phoenix, for maybe a little too long, is their play style, which as we all know is rung and gun and play absolutely no defense.
Alvin Gentry (the head coach) recently made this comment:
"That's who we are," Gentry said. "We're a screen-and-roll team. We're not going to change and become a halfcourt team."
Good to know, so defense wins championships is still not relevant in the desert. That does not seem like a huge problem, but all of the players they received are really more suited for half court than the run and gun.
Pietrus is a defensive presence and so is Gortat while Carter looks to be a shadow of his past, but then again the Phoenix medical staff does work miracles.
The Suns have also wanted to have more of a defensive presence for quite some time now and this trade proves it, but what's with wanting to be the fastest team in the league have to do with defense?
It's seems that Phoenix might have a rare case of bipolar disorder and switches its goals daily, according to the personality.
The way I see it, the only real way for the Suns to start rebuilding would be to trade Steve Nash.
Trust me, I hate to say it! I am a long time Phoenix fan and Nash is my favorite player, so I have no hate.
It's just that Phoenix seems to be split into two teams inside a team. One defensive (Lopez, Gortat, Pietrus, Hill, and Childress) and one offensive (Nash, Dragic, Frye, Carter, and Warrick). The only real guy in the middle is Dudley who is more or less both.
On one hand, this is good because that means they can switch things up, but on the other hand, it is very confusing when you start mixing the two sets together.
The Suns have to figure things out and do it quickly or else the trade deadline will pass and it will be another playoff trip ending is disappointment.