Goran Dragic, Eric Bledsoe, Isaiah Thomas, Tyler Ennis...crowded point guard position right? Throw in Ish Smith and Archie Goodwin, the Phoenix Suns currently have six point guards on the roster.
Phoenix agreed to a sign and trade with the Sacramento Kings to acquire Isaiah Thomas and sign him to a four-year $28 million dollar contract yesterday. Sacramento receives a $7 million dollar trade exception and rights to Alex Oriaakhi, the 57th pick in the 2013 draft.
Who's on the Block?
Now some are interchangable between point and shooting guard, but it's still a lot in a crowded backcourt. Especially when you have Gerald Green coming off a career year, and this being a contract year for him.
Seems like something has to give. It doesn't make much sense to carry that many talented guards on one team. The trade wizards from a year ago might be up to something again in the near future.
Busy Transaction Year
Just last year, Phoenix traded away Jared Dudley to the Clippers for Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler, (who was later traded to Milwaukee for Smith), then sent off Luis Scola to the Pacers for Miles Plumlee, Gerald Green and this year's first round pick of Indiana's. Followed by that, they shipped off Marcin Gortat, Shannon Brown, Kendall Marshall and Malcolm Lee to the Wizards for Emeka Okafor's expiring contract and Washington's first rounder this year. That move basically labeled them "tankers" for the season.
When you take all that into effect, they basically gave up Dudley, Scola, and Gortat, for Bledsoe, Green, Plumlee, Smith, Ennis and Bogdan Bogdanovich, the last of the first round picks they'll likely stash overseas for two years. Not to mention plenty of cap flexibilty in unloading over an estimated in $20 million off the salary cap in the 2014-2015 season.
This helped them re-sign a key part of last year's rotation, P.J. Tucker, the lock down defender and straight hustle man of the team. They missed out on Chandler Frye, who bounced to the Magic, but I don't blame Phoenix as Orlando is paying him $8 million per year when the Suns have twin brothers that have a similar skill set to him.
As far as where the Suns go from here, there have been rumors of Dragic's name in a trade offer with the Indiana Pacers. Adding Roy Hibbert would seem to be a win-win for both teams as the Pacers would get the true point guard they desperately need and the Suns would get the true quality center that can bang down low they need.
There's a possibility someone throws an unreal amount of money at restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe that the Suns would be unwilling to match. The Suns front office has stated they will match any offer for Bledsoe. There's also a strong possibility that the Suns decline Ish Smith's $985,000 team option for next season, which at that price, seems more of a trade asset.
Then again, the guards are all assets to bundle in a trade as well. Kevin Love is still to be had, and a quality big men is something that can help put the Suns in the playoffs next year. With not much left on the free agent market as far as bigs, you would think the Suns will have a trade in place at some point in the near future.