The NBA Trade Deadline may be over, but that doesn’t mean the Phoenix Suns are going to be done tinkering with their roster.
With the team expected to cut Kendall Marshall and John Salmons, the Suns current roster stands at 13 players. That could change if the team decides to release Danny Granger, which John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 has discussed.
Whatever the club decides on Granger, they could use another big man with Miles Plumlee now in Milwaukee. Alex Len, Brandan Knight and Markieff Morris are the only bigs that Phoenix has on the current roster and Len has been battling an ankle injury and Morris is undersized.
One of the guys that the Suns could look at is Thomas Robinson. According to reports, Robinson has agreed to a buyout with the Nuggets, making him a free agent. Robinson was traded to Denver as part of the Arron Afflalo deal.
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Ever since he was drafted fifth overall in 2012 draft, it has been a whirlwind for Robinson. The former Kansas Jayhawk has been on four different rosters in only three NBA seasons. He’ll soon be on a fifth team.
Robinson’s numbers have been pretty much the same on every stop he’s been on. So far in his career, the 23-year-old is averaging 4.6 points and 4.4 rebounds in 172 games.
The Suns could be the front-runners for Robinson because of the close relationship he has with the Morris brothers. The three played with one another for two seasons at Kansas and are still said to be close with T-Rob having #teamfoe on his Twitter account.
Adding Robinson to this roster seems like a no-doubter to me.
He’s in the final year of his rookie contract, so you don’t have a long-term financial commitment with him and he’s not making a whole lot of money (about $1.2 million the rest of the year). The Suns have more than enough money to afford him.
Being in the last year of his rookie contract, Robinson will be hungry to have a big final couple months to his season in order to get more guaranteed money during the summer when he becomes a free agent.
Add that to the fact that the Suns could use the depth, Phoenix should strongly consider adding Robinson as soon as possible.