Option 3: Aaron Gordon
My personal favorite for the Suns, is former Arizona Wildcat star Aaron Gordon.
Of course the Suns have two young power forwards, but why not upgrade in every statistical category with a forward who almost is statistically better in every category.
Defensively, Gordon earned 2.0 win shares, which is already a positive towards our team.
Offensively, Gordon’s 17.6 points per game is a huge improvement over Chriss and Bender and is at a minimum, consistent. Suns fans know it can be frustrating watch these two put up their share of 4-8 point games before they throw in one good 16 point game.
Overall, Gordon improved in almost every category from the year before: Points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, 3-point percentage and minutes.
Imagine, if he continues this trend and either next year or the year after becomes a consistent 20pt/9rb per game kind of player? That is someone you don’t mind giving a max contract to. Especially at his age.
The only issue is, the Magic have the cap space to sign him and, lets be honest, won’t attract a really important free agent to take up said space.
He will have his contract matched.
But on the slight chance the Magic don’t view him as a max player, the Suns should pounce on the opportunity.