The NBA Finals are just getting started but for everyone not affiliated with either the Miami Heat or San Antonio Spurs, the thought process has moved onto the offseason and the NBA Draft. The question teams are asking themselves is how can they be like the Heat and Spurs who are battling in the NBA Finals, and if you ask the Phoenix Suns, the answer may be trading for an additional first-round draft pick this year.
According to the Arizona Republic, general manager Ryan McDonough said if the right guys is available beyond the team’s original fifth overall pick, they’ll consider moving back into the first-round to take him.
“We’ve talked to a few teams about getting in the draft at different ranges,” McDonough said, via Paul Coro. “We have good assets to do that. We have to evaluate all of these guys, figure out where they’re going to go. And then if we can get in at a particular range where a guy is undervalued, we’ll try to get in and get him there.”
There has already been a ton of talk about draft movement so far with a report from earlier Saturday stating the Orlando Magic could be looking to trade down and the Minnesota Timberwolves may be looking to move up. But all the moves up until now have included a team moving their original pick around, but the Suns want to take it a step further.
Phoenix seems to be looking at a shooting guard as Chad Ford has the Suns taking Ben McLemore in his latest mock draft, but does state the Suns could go in a number of directions. That jives with the rhetoric from McDonough that Phoenix could move back into the first-round and double up on top picks.