According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Phoenix Suns completed a four-player trade with the Houston Rockets recently which saw them acquire Ryan Anderson and De'Anthony Melton in exchange for Marquese Chriss and Brandon Knight.
The decision to offload Knight means the Suns have left themselves short in the point guard position.
They are left with Shaquille Harrison and rookie Elie Okobo as their only floor generals.
But Woj reported that they're keen to pursue another trade to acquire a starting-calibre player.
Pursuing a star name
It's now been revealed that Phoenix has made ambitious attempts to land some star players to fill that void.
John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 reports that the Suns have "definitely been trying to trade for a front-tier point guard" and have failed in attempts to secure deals for Damian Lillard, Kemba Walker or Terry Rozier.
"Situation at point guard now is not ideal and Phoenix will have to make a trade but Milwaukee pick that they own is not that valuable," Gambadoro said.
It's strange for the franchise to leave themselves in this predicament with training camp set to get underway at the end of this month.
They'll be scrambling around for a trade in the coming weeks and will leave themselves with little leverage to work with due to their desperation.
Taking extra responsibility
If they're unable to land a seasoned guard, ball-handling responsibilities will fall on Devin Booker who will have to shoulder more of a burden offensively.
He's certainly capable of doing it but it'll mean his usage rate and time spent on the ball will be extremely high.
In 54 appearances last season, the 21-year-old averaged a career-high 4.7 assists per game while logging a 31.7 percent usage rate.
It now looks like a bizarre decision for the Suns to have allowed Booker's close friend Tyler Ulis to depart as he could've been a decent option to have.
But their talented shooting guard - who signed a $158 million extension this summer - will certainly accept any challenge that comes his way and lead the team.
If new head coach Igor Kokoskov taps into his playmaking abilities, he could potentially turn into his version of James Harden, who has embraced that role brilliantly under Mike D'Antoni in Houston.
But it'll be interesting to see if Phoenix will be able to pull off another trade before the start of the 2018-19 campaign and find an upgrade at the point.
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