After finishing the season with the worst record in the league at 21-61, the Phoenix Suns secured this year's number one pick at the draft lottery earlier this week.
The Suns will now have an opportunity to add a talented young prospect to boost their team in an effort to be more competitive in the Western Conference.
They're expected to select either DeAndre Ayton or Luka Doncic with the top pick. They are the two biggest prospects in the draft and it'll be a tough choice to select between them.
According to general manager Ryan McDonough, however, they possibly may not have to.
Speaking to ESPN at the NBA Draft Combine, he said that they could be open to trading the number one pick, but only for the right deal.
McDonough stated that they haven't ruled out the possibility of relinquishing their place at the top of the draft board if they were offered a proven veteran in return.
"We're certainly open to that. We'll consider it," McDonough said. "Obviously, we'll have more information closer to the draft than we do today, after we go through the workout process and the interview process and we get the medical physicals. So we're open to that.
"I think if you look around the NBA, as far as the veteran players, there are probably a few players we'd consider trading the pick for, not ... just pick for player number one. So it'll be a busy month for us."
If Phoenix chooses to keep its pick, it will be the first time in franchise history that they'll choose first.
"I've been in the league 15 or 16 years now," McDonough said. "I've never been with a franchise that's had the number one pick. So it's a big responsibility, but especially in this draft with the talent at the top that we look forward to."
The decision won't be easy for the Suns as they have familiarity with the two top prospects.
Big man Ayton played his college basketball down the road for the Arizona Wildcats while new head coach Igor Kokoskov coached Real Madrid prodigy Doncic as he led Slovenia to their first European Championship triumph last summer.
"It is difficult," McDonough said. "And I think people are jumping to conclusions, as far as there's only one or two guys in the mix for us. There are more than that ... there are a handful of guys."
The franchise has a great opportunity to add one of the two hugely talented players alongside young star Devin Booker, which would give them an exciting core to build on. It'll be an interesting couple of weeks ahead for Phoenix.
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