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NBA Rumors: Phoenix Suns having many 'exploratory' trade talks

While the Phoenix Suns have engaged in trade talks with the Los Angeles Lakers for Pau Gasol, it’s just one of many exploratory ideas they’ve held discussions over – this according to the Arizona Republic.

The Suns, who’ve repeatedly been rumored to be buyers during the upcoming NBA trade deadline, have multiple first round picks and a large expiring contract in Emeka Okafor, so the front office is exploring all avenues according to Paul Coro.

Yes, the Suns and Lakers have discussed swapping Emeka Okafor’s contract for four-time All-Star Pau Gasol, as reported first Sunday.

But the Suns are having many exploratory discussions. The trade deadline is 17 days away and the Suns have a salacious chip in Okafor’s contract, which has insurance paying 80 percent of his salary for the rest of the season because he is sidelined for the year with a neck injury.

Coro doesn’t elaborate on any other potential deals, so you’ll have to let your mind wonder as to who else the Suns have interest in currently.

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