The Suns were supposed to be a team that tanked for a high pick this season, as they had four first rounders. Well, they currently sit at 12-9, and they certainly aren’t tanking. Eric Bledsoe has looked like a star, Miles Plumlee has been a nice surprise, and the Morris twins are playing some of the best basketball of their careers.
GM Ryan McDonough has come in and is trying to rebuild the Suns, and he may not have to use the draft to do so. According to NBA.com, he could be looking to keep building on their early success:
The Suns, obviously encouraged by a promising start and with several attractive assets at their disposal, are making it known around the league they are open to trading one or more picks in the loaded 2014 draft if they can get an established star capable of making an impact now, NBA.com has learned. …
“I think one of the things that’s important for people to realize is that we may not draft four players even if we have four picks,” McDonough told NBA.com. “Our preference would probably be to maybe package a few of them. We’re obviously all looking for stars and we feel like we can put together a package as good, if not better, than any other team in the league if and when a star becomes available. That’s kind of generally what we’ve wanted to do, not only with our draft-pick situation but also with the cap space that we’ve acquired.”
There are some interesting players on the market right now. The Suns could benefit by trading for Evan Turner or Omer Asik, and in a deep draft, teams will be falling all over themselves for picks. Even if the Suns made the playoffs, and kept two picks, they could get a good player later in the first round. It is still early, so McDonough’s tone could change if they start to fall off.
Do you think they’d take Steve Nash back from the Lakers? Hello? Guys?