Phoenix Suns general manager, Ryan McDonough has shed some light on the team's trade deadline inaction yesterday claiming that he is building a team for the future.
Speaking on the Colin Cowherd radio show on ESPN, McDonough said:
"If we're gonna trade a first round pick for any player, we wanted to be pretty sure he'd be in Phoenix for a long time. We weren't gonna trade a first round pick for two months of a guy who's gonna be a unrestricted free agent at the end of the season."
Although McDonough claimed that he was not talking about the Lakers directly during the interview, we can assume that he was defending the team against rumors that they were close to trading for Lakers forward, Pau Gasol.
The Lakers were viewed as an ideal trade partner for the Suns as they were in dire need of draft picks to rebuild their team after a disappointing start to the 2013-14 season and a long term injury to Kobe Bryant.
Phoenix could also have used the experience and star power of Gasol joining their team of talented youngsters who have taken the Western Conference by storm.
However, Gasol's contract is due to expire at the end of the season and he would have become a free agent, a situation that McDonough clearly wanted to avoid.
The Suns may still have an opportunity to snap up Gasol in free agency this summer instead but it will be interesting to see if Phoenix can continue to push towards the playoffs without marked improvements to their team.