The Phoenix Suns were one of the best stories of the 2013-2014 NBA season.
Projected by many to be among the worst teams in the league, the Suns finished with a record of 48-34. Because they play in the loaded Western Conference, they missed out on the postseason and will now be looking to make a few upgrades.
According to Paul Coro of The Arizona Republic, the Suns have contacted Los Angeles Lakers’ big man Pau Gasol, Washington Wizards’ swignman Trevor Ariza and Memphis Grizzlies’ big man Ed Davis.
All three players are unrestricted free agents.
Seemingly every team in the league is interested Gasol, including the two teams that played in the NBA Finals, the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs, but the Lakers are making it a priority to keep him. Gasol was linked to the Suns at the 2014 trade deadline. He averaged 17.4 points, 9.7 rebounds 3.4 assists and 1.5 blocks per game last season. He shot 48.0% from the field, 28.6% from beyond the arc and 73.6% from the free throw line.
Ariza has plenty of suitors, but could be closing to returning to the Wizards. He put up 14.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.6 steals per game. He shot 45.6% from the field, 40.7% from beyond the arc and 77.2% from the free throw line.
Davis became an unrestricted free agent after the Grizzlies did not tender him a qualifying offer, which would have made him a restricted free agent. He averaged 5.7 points and 4.1 rebounds in 15.2 minutes per game last season while shooting 53.4% from the field and 52.8% from the free throw line last season. The Los Angeles Clippers are also interested in Davis.