When rumors of Kevin Love’s alleged availability hit the wire, the Phoenix Suns were one of the first teams to show interest in trading for the All-Star power forward. No, they didn’t get the attention of the Golden State Warriors or Boston Celtics, but they had (and have) plenty of available assets to make a deal.
Some questioned the Suns when they decided to hand out a four-year, $28 million dollar contract to Isaiah Thomas this offseason considering Goran Dragic and (presumably) Eric Bledose were to be on their roster. But might the addition of Thomas been for another reason, possibly to give the Suns more wiggle room to make a trade?
According to Zach Lowe of Grantland, the Phoenix Suns remain interested in trading for Kevin Love assuming the possibility arises.
All of these guys are trade chips, and the Suns still have their eye on Kevin Love — and any other prime star who might become available.
While there are no rumors as to who the Suns would be willing to part with, initial suggestions from earlier trade rumors hinted that either Dragic or Bledsoe could be sent to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Kevin Love. The addition of Isaiah Thomas likely makes such a scenario even more possible, though at this time there are no indications that talks are going on – at least not publicly.
The Suns also have a significant amount of young, cheap talent available at their disposal and should be able to offer the Minnesota Timberwolves significant assets if the two sides opened discussions.