Suns Looking To Trade Picks In 2014 Draft


VIDEO: Suns GM Ryan McDonough fields fans’ questions

HANG TIME WEST – The Suns, obviously encouraged by a promising start and with several attractive assets at their disposal, are making it known around the league they are open to trading one or more picks in the loaded 2014 draft if they can get an established star capable of making an impact now, NBA.com has learned.

The move to capitalize on the enviable flexibility of probably having two choices in June and as many as four, along with the potential of about $20 million in cap space in the summer, comes with Phoenix at 12-9 and far exceeding most preseason projections. Adding a proven player in exchange for the uncertainty of the draft, even one as stacked as 2014, could greatly accelerate the rebuilding and firmly establish the Suns as a playoff regular again.

The aggressive front office of owner Robert Sarver, president of basketball operations Lon Babby and general manager Ryan McDonough, has not even put the Suns’ own pick, the only one with a chance to deliver a selection at the top of the lottery, off limits. They will obviously ask for protections in negotiations if that choice is in play and may even insist on it, but whether Phoenix can get them in the end will undoubtedly depend on the names involved from the other side.

“I think one of the things that’s important for people to realize is that we may not draft four players even if we have four picks,” McDonough told NBA.com. “Our preference would probably be to maybe package a few of them. We’re obviously all looking for stars and we feel like we can put together a package as good, if not better, than any other team in the league if and when a star becomes available. That’s kind of generally what we’ve wanted to do, not only with our draft-pick situation but also with the cap space that we’ve acquired.”

The Suns are in an especially good position to trade picks because they have two rookie first-round selections on the current roster, Alex Len and Archie Goodwin, the possibility of four in 2014 and two more in 2015. Taking all those goes well beyond a youth movement. Even if all four choices cannot be spent in the upcoming draft, they could delay only one year, at which point Phoenix would still have the unwanted riches of four in 2015.

In addition to their own 2014 choice, tracking to the late-teens or early-20s with the season about a quarter old, the Suns have Minnesota’s first-rounder, which is top-13 protected and Washington’s selection protected through 12. Phoenix also has the Indiana pick that is top-14 protected, meaning it will be conveyed this season barring unimaginable developments. Whatever selections are not delivered for June will roll over to 2015 – when the Suns already have their own No. 1 and could get another from the Lakers with the L.A. spot protected through the top five.

33 Comments

  1. Mikey says:

    Arron Afflalo for a 1st Round Pick, thoughts?

  2. James says:

    “If it ain’t broke…”

  3. Jesse says:

    In my hometown people say “If something is working; don’t change it”!!!!!

  4. DTMONEY87 says:

    They should stick it out with the current roster!! They have two great guards building a chemistry with the players around them.. This is a team full of surprises… No one iknew Plumlee could play as well as he has or Green could shoot the three ball like he has or that PJ Tucker was a lockdown defender… In my opinion they key is the Morris twins off the bench tho, they create major match up problems for opposing big men in the half court set with their speed and ability to shoot the mid range jumper… eventually they will have to bring in an established vet but lets grow and build with the team we have right now

  5. Dennis says:

    The only superstar that would make sense is Love. Not sure if Minnesota would want to trade him or that he would want to play in Phoenix. Using the trade checker this would work: Emeka Okafor (Okafor is a must if the Suns want to take on Love’s salary), Markieff Morris, Marcus Morris plus give back Minnesota’s first round pick the Suns own and Washington’s first round pick the Suns own. The trade would give Minnesota two young power forwards to replace Love, salary cap relief because Okafor’s $14 come off the books after this season, Minnesota could tank and get a high pick with their own 1st round pick back and a 13-20 1st round pick from Washington.

    • Dennis says:

      I forgot that Minnesota would have to throw in two wings to make the trade work (they have plenty of wings). I was thinking Alexey Shved and Shabazz Muhammad.

    • Dennis says:

      Suns get:
      Kevin Love
      Shabazz Muhammad
      Alexey Shved

      Minnesota gets:

      Emeka Okafor
      Markieff Morris
      Marcus Morris
      Minnesota’s first round pick
      Washington’s first round pick

      • Dennis is dumb says:

        That is about the dumbest trade proposal i have ever seen lol its like trading kevin durant and a 1st round pick to the kings for travis outlaw jason thompson jimmer and marcus thorthan

  6. stvek says:

    trade up on the draft , 2 for one or even 3 for one ,

  7. (SaidSarcastically) says:

    Go for LeBron!hehe. Jk.

  8. @StokesSuns says:

    The Suns do have a lot of surprising talent and we do now have or questions answered about who the team will be we have a lot of picks and we already are a young team plus you never know how a player from collage will actually do in the NBA I think trading one or two would be nice tho like Ryan said if so it would be for a player in his 20s id be cool with trading Frye and picks for Kevin Love or maybe Z Bo The Suns already have there back court set with Bledsoe and Dragic and will a solid post player and rebounder down low and that can stretch the floor that would help or playoff chances and run

  9. okc2014 says:

    Lots of good ideas! Phoenix still aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

  10. Todd says:

    The suns don’t need anyone. 5 of their 9 losses were because Bledsoe was out in those games. The suns can hang with anyone when healthy.

  11. I don’t think anyone expected the suns to have this start to the season. I thought they would struggle to win 15 games, but they are flying at the moment. If they could add an established star capable of contributing right away, they could be playoff bound, surprisingly.

  12. al24 says:

    I would love to see the Lakers trade Gasol for Asik, and then he and Dwight Coward will be reunited.

  13. James says:

    The suns shouldn’t trade their draft picks. They should trade Dragic for Gasol.

  14. azproball says:

    Couple of trades that can make PHX an Elite in the West

    Trade with Boston
    Suns send – Channing Frye, Indys Pick
    Boston send – Jeff Green

    Trade with ATL
    Suns send – Okafor, Len, Gerald Green, Picks
    Hawks send- Al Horford, L. Williams

    Suns Staring 5 would be
    Bledsoe
    Dragic
    Tucker
    J.Green
    Horford

    Off Bench
    L.Williams
    Goodwin
    Morris Brothers
    Plumlee

  15. jimmy says:

    J smoove baby

  16. Gillsy says:

    Zach would be an interesting prospect. The problem is yes it is a stacked draft which they will have picks in, even if they trade a few. But the problem with a lot of the one and done college players is that they are so hit and miss.

  17. Daniel Prowse says:

    Let it ride Phoenix, long term gain is better than short term flash.

  18. maorinash says:

    Players I think the Suns should go after (doesn’t mean the other teams would give them up, but nice to dream):
    Kevin Love, Blake Griffin, Al Horford.

  19. foobler says:

    Lets get Kevin Garnett!

  20. Rob says:

    get Zach Randolph! he with Plumlee will dominate the paint all night

  21. Cosmo says:

    Only player I’d be interested in would be k love. Other than that I’d prefer we ride the season out with the current roster

    • maorinash says:

      Kevin Love would be perfect for the Suns. A beast of a rebounder, ability to shoot the 3 and he’s still young.

  22. kingofstyyyle says:

    keep dreaming bub

  23. Lake now says:

    trade gasol for top pick lakers!