The Utah Jazz and the Phoenix Suns will have plenty on their plate come the NBA’s February trade deadline, which may include trading one of their young stars.
The Phoenix Suns have been the biggest positive surprise in the league under first year head coach Jeff Hornacek, but there have been rumblings throughout the league that point guard Goran Dragic may opt out after the 2014-15 season.
Due to that, it’s believed the Suns may (stress may) entertain trade offers for their guard as keeping him past this season would dip into his potential trade value next year.
The growing belief among league executives is that Dragic will opt out of his contract following the 2014-15 season, potentially ramping up the pressure on GM Ryan McDonough to pursue a trade.
In addition to Dragic, the Utah Jazz may be dealing with a similar situation after they were unable to come to contractual terms with their young forward, Gordon Hayward. Unlike Dragic, Hayward will be a free agent (restricted) at season end and will likely be on the receiving end of some massive offers – offers the Jazz may not be able to afford:
Ditto for Utah’s Gordon Hayward, whose price may prove too high for the Jazz when he hits restricted free agency this summer after not agreeing to an extension by the Oct. 31 deadline.