The Phoenix Suns had a fantastic season and were one of the most improved teams in the league this season. However, they just barely missed out on the postseason in the loaded Western Conference.
The Suns would like to add a veteran to their young team, believing a player like Washington Wizards’ forward Trevor Ariza, who had a fantastic season (and postseason so far) would be a great addition.
Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders believes the Suns could add Ariza and will almost certainly keep Eric Bledsoe, who will be a restricted free agent.
Bledsoe will be a restricted free agent, but teams may be wary to give him an offer sheet, given the likelihood that the Suns match.
Pencil in Bledsoe on a deal in the $9 million a season range, slightly higher than Teague and what Lowry might get from Toronto.
The Suns would like to add a veteran forward. An argument could be made that the Wizards should re-sign Ariza, given how well he’s played through the postseason.
With Martell Webster and Otto Porter under contract, the Washington may balk at an $8 million or $9 million starting salary for Ariza.
Ariza averaged 14.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.6 steals per game this season.