If the Suns trade their point guard, Boston will jump at the chance to acquire him
The Phoenix Suns have suddenly become the talk of the trade deadline, and even though they’re currently in playoff position, the talk is all about which of their talented guards they’ll give up.
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Most of the talk has centered around point guard Goran Dragic, who doesn’t want to share a backcourt with Isaiah Thomas and Eric Bledsoe and has requested a trade to the Lakers or Knicks, because apparently he’s a masochist.
The Suns, though, would reportedly rather deal Thomas, who they signed this offseason to a below-market deal. If they go that route, the Boston Celtics would apparently be an aggressive suitor, according to CSNNE.com.
According to the report, Boston was among the first teams to call Thomas when he became a free agent, and though he did choose Phoenix, he said of the Celtics’ interest, “Danny Ainge, the Boston Celtics, all the history here, the tradition. It was definitely an honor.”
Boston has also been linked to Dragic.
The Suns are currently 29-25, eighth in the deadly Western Conference, so they will likely be looking for players who can contribute to a playoff contender right now in exchange for Thomas or Dragic. They wouldn’t be interested in trading either, but Dragic has forced the team’s hand by telling them he won’t re-sign this summer, and they’d rather get some compensation now than lose him this summer for nothing.
By also dangling Thomas in trade talks, however, they may be hoping to get Dragic to stay by opening up space for him in the backcourt.
Thomas, 25, has come off the bench in all but one of Phoenix’s games this season, and is averaging 15.2 points and 3.7 assists per game despite playing just 25.7 minutes per game.
It’s worth mentioning that, despite his complaints of lack of minutes, Dragic is actually second on the team in minutes played, and Thomas is the one who is usually squeezed out in the crowded backcourt.
Boston has an opening at point guard because of their midseason trade of Rajon Rondo, and though they are rebuilding, Thomas is a young player who could be a part of the next good Celtics team.
This will certainly all be resolved by the trade deadline, which is Thursday.
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