Before getting started with this, let’s make one thing clear. the Chris Paul The acquisition was a huge win for the company Phoenix Suns.
No matter his age, contract, how this season went, etc., if you knew the Suns would be up to NBA Finals His first season here and he won 64 games the next, ten times out of ten you’ll get that deal.
Father Time was undefeated as we all know, and the running back slowly began to hit God’s Point through injuries and his game.
Unfortunately for Phoenix, injuries at the guard position ran rampant, with Booker, Payne, and Sham all missing time with or without CP3, making the Suns guard rotation a nightmare. These injuries made Paul’s life on the court more difficult than it must have been for someone his age.
He’s still a productive player, but you can’t ask for much from him under the circumstances.
So this begs the question: when Should Phoenix meet its long-term needs at the guard position?
This is amazing A nugget of information courtesy of Jake Fisher It reveals the Suns’ desire to remedy the situation as soon as this month or next.
Whether he is a ‘traditional’ goalkeeper or just another goalkeeper who can create his own shot and In fact Dribble the basketball, and finding a spell alongside Devin Booker in the backcourt is quite simple due to his versatility. The book’s ability to play both And Off the ball bodes well for him from a team building perspective given the big picture.
There is even a world where I think the ‘point book’ could be a permanent solution if they could put in another ball-handling winger who could create his own (or others’) shot alongside him.
That said, let’s shift the focus back to the base position and look at some potential options for the Suns whether it’s at the trade deadline or this season.
Trae Young- PG, Atlanta Hawks
This comes with the turmoil in Atlanta. I don’t see it as a realistic option unless the Falcons really decide to walk away from him and have an interest in some kind of three team with the Suns.
Don’t hold your breath on this one. That would require many moving parts, including Phoenix actually being interested in him, which isn’t a given at this point, believe it or not.
Fred VanVleet- PG, Toronto Raptors
The Toronto Raptors are the team everyone will be sitting around waiting for the trade deadline. If they decide to blow it up, they have an abundance of quality rotational players to deal with that can make a real impact for teams in the long run.
Siakam, OG, FVV, and Gary Trent Jr. And others on the table if they decide to blow it up.
This article from Athletic reports Phoenix’s (ongoing) interest in acquiring Fred VanVleet.
FVV and Booker would be quite the dynamic backcourt, but there are many hurdles along the way financially to making this happen if it were to go through free agency.
Terry Rozier- PG, Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte is having a disappointing season and could use a boost to her tanking efforts.
Dealing with Rosier makes sense for the Hornets and Suns and has been linked to him in the past with this current front office, so stay tuned here.
D’Angelo Russell- PG, Minnesota Timberwolves
Russell and Booker have a great relationship, so it would be remiss not to include him as an option here.
I’m not entirely sure “DLo” is James Jones’ guy, but he can deliver a nice offensive punch and a capable playmaker.
Colin Sexton- PG, Utah Jazz
Sexton would be a low-profile option to buy given his limited season has missed more than 20 games and averages just 24 minutes per game when he plays.
He’s still healing and trying to get back to his old ways, so Phoenix could swoop in and try to get him before his value (potentially) goes up.
Stop gap solutions
Teuss Jones-PG, Memphis Grizzlies
Monty Morris- PG, Washington Wizards
Trey Jones-PG, San Antonio Spurs
Cameron Payne – PG, Phoenix Suns
Duane Washington Jr – G, Phoenix Suns
There are a lot of moving parts on this list right now, and it’s hard to say which direction that will be, but keep an eye out for the pips market in the coming weeks.