If Pat Riley isn’t able to restructure the bench to LeBron James’ liking, the four-time MVP may look elsewhere to find help. And while fans are looking to the big-name franchise’s as a landing spot, the Phoenix Suns remain a “dark horse” to land the superstar reports Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Phoenix Suns remain an intriguing dark horse for James because general manager Ryan McDonough could offer him something no one else outside Miami can now: a second max-salary slot to pick a co-star. The Suns can quickly shed $10 million more in contracts to pursue James and a second star – perhaps Bosh, if James wanted – and they’d still be able to keep the talented core of Eric Bledsoe, Goran Dragic and center Miles Plumlee.
James’ agent Rich Paul represents Bledsoe and understands James’ commitment to the Suns would almost guarantee he could get Bledsoe a max-contract extension with the Suns.
The Suns have everything a superstar would want.
Great coaching? Jeff Hornacek showed the world what he was capable of as he helped propel the Suns into Western Conference relevance for the first time since Steve Nash’s departure.
Superstar help? As Woj stated, the Suns have enough cap space to acquire to marquee stars meaning Bron could make his pick of Chris Bosh or Carmelo Anthony to join him in Arizona.
A supporting cast? Currently the Suns have Goran Dragic, Miles Plumlee, the Morris Twins, and the rights to match any offer Eric Bledsoe, one of the best up-and-coming point guards in the NBA, receives in free agency. And seeing Bledsoe and James have a great relationship (and share an agent), the connection makes even more sense.
Does LeBron want to leave behind comfort and be labeled a ring chaser? That has yet to be revealed, but his departure may have more to do with what the Miami Heat can’t do rather than what another team can do.
Fortunately for the Suns, they’re in the position to be able to offer James everything he desires in a team.