Now that most of the dust has settled in free agency, the debate about who had the best, worst and most underrated offseason can rage on.
Although they still have find a way to retain restricted free agent point guard Eric Bledsoe, the Phoenix Suns have had a productive offseason, acquiring Sacramento Kings’ point guard Isaiah Thomas and his new, four-year, $27 million deal in a sign-and-trade. In fact, Rod Mahoney of Sports Illustrated argues the Phoenix Suns had the most underrated offsseason.
Beyond Bledsoe, the fact that the Suns landed the productive Isaiah Thomas – himself a restricted free agent – for $27 million over four years is outstanding. Luring away such a player typically requires a team like Phoenix to either tender a cumbersome contract offer or trade some assets in return. Here the Suns did neither, ultimately getting Thomas on a declining, team-friendly deal to fill minutes behind Bledsoe and Goran Dragic. Opportunity knocked, Suns GM Ryan McDonough answered.
The Suns also re-signed P.J. Tucker to a three-year, $16.5 million deal. Their only real loss was big man Channing Frye, who signed a four-year, $32 million deal with the Orlando Magic, but the Suns replaced him with Anthony Tolliver, who signed a two-year, $6 million deal. They will also likely return Bledsoe and could pursue Detroit Pistons’ free agent big man Greg Monroe.
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 last season. Tucker averaged 9.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game while shooting 43.1% from the field, 38.7% from beyond the arc and 77.6% from the free throw line. Tolliver averaged 6.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game while shooting 42.0% from the field, 41.3% from the field and 80.5% from the charity stripe.