NBA Trade Deadline – What will the Phoenix Suns do by February 9?
With the NBA Trade Deadline fast approaching, leaders of 30 franchises are busy making the necessary moves by February 9th. Of course, every team’s situation is different, and that’s why we wanted to create a specific deadline document with the franchise. Presentation issues, issues to watch, intentions in the transfer market… we tell you everything. Phoenix Suns on the menu today.
HELLO, A GOOD BUYER OR SELLER ON THE DEADLINE?
After a dominant start to the season, Phoenix quickly fell down the standings. At the end of November, the Suns had a 15-6 record and first place in the West, before injuries began to bite the cactus: Devin Booker, Cameron Johnson, Deandre Ayton and Chris Paul all passed the hospital. The season. Only Mikal Bridges survived this butchery that hit the Valley of the Sun.
Today is 7 The Suns have a chance to make a comeback in their conference: The core of a 2021 finalist team is still there, and Booker was putting up an MVP-worthy statistical season before the injury. So Phoenix appears to be a potential buyer this trade deadline, with several names mentioned in rumors to overcome injury concerns.
Another important factor to consider is the change in ownership. As we know, Robert Sarver sold the Suns to Mat Ishbia, who could officially take control of the franchise before the Feb. 9 trade deadline. What influences Phoenix management’s choices at the deadline? Possible.
TRANSFERABLE SUNS PLAYER(S).
When you think of the players who went to Arizona, Jae Crowder immediately comes to mind. Drafted in 2012, the winger refused to play for the Suns this year and even asked for a transfer before the start of training camp in September. American journalist Marc Stein provided the possibility of a trade recovery on the 3rd Rui Hachimura That included the Bucks and Wizards. Negotiations eventually broke down and the Japanese fled to Los Angeles. So Phoenix will have to find another trade next week, especially since Crowder is out of contract at the end of the current season. In short, there is urgency. According to the latest information, the Suns have cleared the Bucks and Jae to discuss together.
Other rumored players: Landry Shamet, which may be on the way out. The Suns guard has had a fair season so far, averaging 9 points per game and 38% 3-point success off the bench. Finally, Dario Saric is one of the names to watch.
? Dario Saric is ready for transfer.
With great intrigue around the League regarding the Suns’ new owner, he could incite some action as soon as he arrives before the deadline.
If possible / very short: see you this summer for changes. pic.twitter.com/otWfZQ2F1K
— TrashTalk (@TrashTalk_fr) January 30, 2023
PLAYERS CLASSIFIED BY THE SUNS
Although many names have been floating around in recent days, two players are at the top of the rumors.
Raptors point guard Fred VanVleet. In theory, the trade makes a lot of sense for both teams: Phoenix is looking for a leader who can relieve Booker. Also, Chris Paul’s age (37) is starting to become a factor to watch, as the window for a championship chance could close as CP3’s bones are buried in the Arizona sands. . VanVleet is averaging 19 points per game this season along with 6.5 steals. For Toronto, which doesn’t seem to have played much, it would turn the page and avoid the risk of losing FVV without consideration next summer when he becomes a free agent.
The Suns and Magic have emerged as potential free agent suitors for Fred VanVleet, sources say. @ShamsCharania.
VanVleet is among several players the Raptors are eyeing ahead of the trade deadline if Toronto decides to rebuild.https://t.co/AebTkP4hes pic.twitter.com/QoXLAzh4SO
— The Athletic (@TheAthletic) January 17, 2023
Another idea would be to come in and strengthen the wings, which have been injured often this season. This is the place‘OG Anunoby would intervene: excellent defender and third scorer Among the Raptors (17 points per game), OG may be in the process of leaving Toronto. The Phoenix idea would be a starting five with Anunoby replacing Cameron Johnson, with the latter coming off the bench as the sixth man like last season. A more original vision from the point of view of Chris Paul, who is less important than before, would be to move the guards back a row. Booker leads the way with the trio of Mikal Bridges, Cam Johnson and OG Anunoby next to him.
Among the other fires that spread in Arizona, we had D’Angelo Russellof Jalen McDaniels or even Eric Gordon. Names to keep in the back of your mind.
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