The Phoenix Suns will enter the 2014 NBA Draft with three first round picks (No. 14, No. 18, No. 27) and hold four selections overall.
Understandably, they don’t need all of those picks and trying to find roster space for what could potentially be four rookies on an already solid team won’t be easy. Because of that, the Suns are reportedly seeking to move their No. 27 pick in exchange for a future first round selection.
“Rival executives say Phoenix is shopping this pick (No. 27), looking for a future first-rounder in return.”
While the Suns might want a future first round pick in return, that may be wishful thinking.
Players selected in the first round get guaranteed money unlike those in the second round who do not receive a guaranteed contract. Because of that, teams picking in the early second round are unlikely to be interested as they could potentially nab a prospective player just a few selections later and not have to pay them guaranteed money.
The strongest likelihood of moving the pick would either to include it in a bigger deal (which is simply speculation) or trade it to a perennial powerhouse team who won’t mind trading away a future first round pick since they’re always in the deep 20′s anyway.
Anything else seems too good to be true as no team is going to want a No. 27 pick and will run the risk of giving up a pick that could become more valuable down the road. Phoenix could always be willing to accept a protected draft pick in return, though, that may not make sense for the Suns in the long haul.