The NBA Trade Deadline on Feb. 19 is slowly approaching and teams across the league are looking to improve their squad before this deadline passes. Many teams like the Phoenix Suns could use improvements at multiple positions. Let’s take a look at some possible trade scenarios.
Mar. 24, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Brooklyn Nets centerBrook Lopez
celebrates a basket in the first half against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Brooklyn Trades: Brook Lopez, (2015 2nd Round draft pick)
The biggest factor in this scenario is will the Suns be willing to take on Lopez’s huge contract? Lopez, 26, is very injury prone and has not had the success most thought he would have coming out of Stanford. As for the Suns, letting go of Dragic would be extremely tough. Though Dragic is 28, it would be in the Suns best interest to try to trade him for some return on investment. If they could snag Brooklyn’s second round pick in this upcoming draft, that would be an added bonus to this deal sending Dragic and Tucker to the Nets.
Jan 25, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves centerGorgui Dieng
(5) shoots the ball against the Atlanta Hawks in the second quarter at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Archie Goodwin has been very vocal about his discomfort with the Suns crowded backcourt. With the Suns locking up Eric Bledsoe and Isaiah Thomas to long-term deals, it would make sense for the team to look at parting ways with the second year guard out of Kentucky. Adding Dieng would be a nice fit next to Brandon Wright underneath the basket. The length would allow the Suns to become even more difficult to score on around the basket.
Oct 29, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forwardJordan Hill
(27) against the Phoenix Suns during the home opener at US Airways Center. The Suns defeated the Lakers 119-99. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Los Angeles (Lakers) Trades: Jordan Hill (PHX)
New York Trades: Jose Calderon (LAL)
The biggest position the Suns need to fill is the center spot. Plumlee, Len and Wright are all good serviceable players, but adding a rebounding machine like Hill would be a huge improvement to the frontcourt. Also, the second year of Hill’s deal is a team option, putting the Suns in the driver’s seat to possibly let Hill enter free agency and go after Marc Gasol, LaMarcus Aldridge or other impact players at the five spot.
Nov 14, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Charlotte Hornets guardLance Stephenson
(1) handles the basketball against the Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic (1) in the first half at US Airways Center. The Hornets won 101-95. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports
Phoenix Trades: Goran Dragic, Reggie Bullock
Charlotte Trades: Lance Stephenson
Aside from his personality, Lance Stephenson is one terrific ball player. He’s got great size for the shooting guard spot (6’5), plus has shown to be an elite defender. His scoring ability is very streaky, but the front office should be willing to take the risk on his upside (Stephenson is only 24).
Jan 26, 2015; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guardCourtney Lee
(5) dribbles the ball as Orlando Magic guardVictor Oladipo
(5) chases during the first quarter at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports
Phoenix Trades: Goran Dragic (MEM), Miles Plumlee (IND)
The Suns’ perimeter defense has been very impressive so far this season, but adding a true rim protector is always a nice addition to any team. Adding Mahinmi would solidify the Suns frontcourt rim protection and Lee is a step up on Dragic’s perimeter defense.
Phoenix should look to make a major move this trade deadline. New Orleans has snuck up on the eighth spot in the Western Conference and the Oklahoma City Thunder aren’t going anywhere just yet.