The Phoenix Suns have easily been the league’s most surprising team. With a record of 32-21, the Suns are currently the sixth seed in the Western Conference and are just 3.5 games behind the Los Angeles Clippers for the fourth seed, which would give them a home playoff game in the first round.
The Suns were expected to be a busy team at the deadline. They are armed with assets, including several future picks. The Suns have a top-14 protected pick from the Indiana Pacers this season from the Luis Scola deal. The Pacers have the league’s second best record right now and that pick will almost certainly come very late in the first round. They also have a top 13 protected pick from the Minnesota Timberwolves and top 12 protected pick from the Washington Wizards they acquired in the Marcin Gortat trade. They own a future first round pick of the Los Angeles Lakers because of the Steve Nash deal and have multiple second round picks this year.
Despite those assets, the Suns will not part with a first round pick to acquire forward Luol Deng from the Cleveland Cavaliers.
In fact, no team will.
Cleveland has still been pursuing a first-round pick for Luol Deng today, but no one will make that deal without a promise he’ll re-sign.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 20, 2014
It will be interesting to see if a team bites on a deal or if the Cavaliers lower their price before the deadline, which is just a half-hour away.