Yes, you read that correctly. The Suns are willing to do something stupid…again.
Sure, the Suns have said they want a veteran point guard for the pick. Smart move right? If there were no point guards expected to drop to them, then I would find it a smart move. Why draft another wing or big, even if they may be better than the guys you have on your roster?
Again though, it would be smart IF there were no guards expected to reach them. However, there are 6 players that people view as “the cream of the crop” in this draft. Three are point guards (Coby White, Darius Garland, and Ja Morant), one is a ball-dominant shooting guard (Jarrett Culver), one is an exceptional wing (DeAndre Hunter), and the last is a generational talent (Zion Williamson). It is highly unlikely 2 of the 6 will drop to them, but one for sure will. So why, for the love of all things holy in this world, are the Suns trying to trade this pick?
Well, they say that their goal is to trade the pick for a veteran point guard, and I find that admirable. For a team that hasn’t had a good point guard since Steve Nash laced up for the team, it makes sense that they are getting pretty desperate now to find one. Sure, every mock draft has Darius Garland falling to them, but that won’t mean the guy many refer to as having a handle like Kyrie Irving will be good right? Why get a young guard when you can get a good vet right?
Well, issue is, what good vets are there? Chris Paul and John Wall are the only two I can see be available via trade, and they both suck for this team. They both make way too much, and are way too old for the scope of this team. I don’t see a Wall/Paul-Booker-Jackson (pending legal issues)-Warren-Ayton team doing anything besides taking them from the #1 odds in the lottery to the #5 odds in the lottery.
This is a stupid move from an organization that has no direction in mind. The Suns are jeopardizing their future to make marginal gains for a season or two, and will still be on the hook for the vet’s ludicrous contract.
God I feel sorry for you Suns’ fans. It sucks having the worst owner in professional sports.