Over the last few years, the Phoenix Suns have acquired very valuable assets and have built a nice roster along the way. However, if they truly want to become a contender, they will need a star.
Kevin Pelton of ESPN.com believes the Hawks could pursue Atlanta Hawks’ center Al Horford to be that star.
Andy (Austin, TX)
Are there any more stars likely to come available for a pupu platter deal in the next year or so? I understand the method to a team like Phoenix’s asset-collecting madness.. but I’m having trouble seeing a realistic target before all those assets need to get real contracts.
Al Horford is always a possibility. If things really went south in Portland, LaMarcus Aldridge would be a candidate. I am surprised the Suns didn’t make a more serious run at Kevin Love, but I don’t know that their players necessarily lose their trade value when their rookie contracts expire.
Horford is due $12 million over each of the next two seasons and then cane become a free agent so it is very unlikely the Hawks would consider dealing him, at least not at this point.
Horford averaged 18.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.5 blocks per game while shooting 56.7% from the field, 36.4% from beyond the arc and 68.2% from the charity stripe. In his seven-year career, the third-overall pick in the first round of the 2007 NBA Draft, has put up 14.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.1 blocks per game while shooting 54.1% from the floor, 34.5% from three and 73.5% from the charity stripe.
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