The Phoenix Suns are expected to be one of the most aggressive teams this offseason.
They have made it a priority to re-sign their restricted free agents, guard Eric Bledsoe and swingman P.J. Tucker, and big man Channing Frye, who is an unrestricted free agents. They are also expected to pursue several big name free agents.
According to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic, in addition to speaking with Los Angeles Lakers’ big man Pau Gasol, Washington Wizards’ swingman Trevor Ariza and Memphis Grizzlies’ big man Ed Davis, the Suns have also contacted Cleveland Cavaliers’ forward Luol Deng, Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward, Houston Rockets’ forward Chandler Parsons and Sacramento Kings’ point guard Isaiah Thomas, in addition to several others.
The Suns also have made contact with or been contacted by at least 12 other free agents. That includes unrestricted free agents Pau Gasol, Trevor Ariza, Luol Deng, Spencer Hawes, Danny Granger, Ed Davis, Marvin Williams and Josh McRoberts and restricted free agents Gordon Hayward, Chandler Parsons, Isaiah Thomas and Patrick Patterson. That does not necessarily mean the Suns are interested in all of them.
Deng averaged 16.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.0 steals per game while shooting 43.1% from the field, 30.2% from three and 79.1% from the charity stripe last season. Hayward averaged 16.2 points, 5.2 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game for the Jazz last season. He shot 41.3% from the field and 30.4% from beyond the arc. Parsons averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game while shooting 47.2% from the field, 37.0% from beyond the arc and 74.2% from the free throw line. Thomas averaged 20.3 points, 6.3 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game last season while shooting 45.3% from the field, 34.9% from beyond the arc and 85.0% from the free throw line.