20 October 2020

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Trades That Will Make The Phoenix Suns a Real Threat in The NBA

For almost a decade now, The Phoenix Suns have been nothing but a mediocre team in the NBA. Although they have recently been very promising, it still seems as if they are missing that one piece of the puzzle to turn them into an elite team, or even a title contender. The Suns have massively improved since their 2018/19 campaign. During that season they only won 19 games all season long, and now with over 30 games left to play, the Suns are 20-30 and are fighting for the 8th seed in the Western Conference.

With the NBA trade deadline rapidly approaching, The Phoenix Suns should be looking for a blockbuster trade to help them make a playoff push this season and make them an elite team next season. Here are some trades that The Phoenix Suns should be looking to make before February 6th.

Kevin Love

All season long, Kevin Love has been reportedly unhappy with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Many teams around the league have shown interest in Love, but the Cavaliers have no intention on trading him, but if the right trade is put together, Kevin Love could be in another team’s jersey come February 6th. With the Cavs looking to rebuild, trading Love might be a good decision, and the Suns have a young core that could help the Cavaliers in their complete rebuild. Love is averaging 17.8 points a game, 9.8 rebounds, and 3 assists. Love could help the power forward problem that Phoenix is going through and could be crucial alongside Booker and Ayton if the Suns do make a playoff push. Of course though, this means the Suns will be giving up some great young assets. The Suns would give up Ty Jerome, Aron Baynes and Cameron Johnson for Kevin Love. This trade seems fair to me, Baynes is a great NBA veteran that has proved himself all season long and has been putting up great numbers that definitely increases his trade value and as for rookies Cam Johnson and Ty Jerome, they are both young and have a lot of potential which can be crucial to the Cavs if they do decide to start completely rebuilding.

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Karl Anthony-Towns

Karl Anthony-Towns has proved to be one of the best centers in the NBA today. He is a superstar in all aspects of the game and could be a complete game changer for the Phoenix Suns. KAT has shown his discontent with the Timberwolves and it is evident that he is trying to leave Minnesota as soon as he can. Karl Anthony-Towns is currently averaging 26.9 points a game, 10.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists, which are all star numbers. If the Suns want Towns, they would unfortunately have to give up their young star, Deandre Ayton, as well as a first round pick for Ayton has not proved himself in the NBA like Towns has, so this should be a ‘no brainer’ for the Suns staff. Towns’ relationship off the court with Suns star, Devin Booker can also be a huge factor in this potential trade. Their chemistry would show on the court as well, and if KAT goes to Phoenix, that could increase the popularity of the Phoenix Suns and it could be a preferred destination for free agents since KAT and Booker are both young superstars that could lead a team to a title, so this trade should be something the Suns are thinking about pursuing.

D’Angelo Russell

Former NBA All-Star and Golden State Warriors Guard, D’Angelo Russell has been in quite a bit of trade rumors recently. It seems evident that the Warriors front office are trying to get a deal for the 23 year old after only signing with them 7 months prior to these rumors, and many teams are in the race for ‘D-Lo’, including the Phoenix Suns. Keeping Devin Booker in Phoenix should be a main priority for James Jones and Monty Williams considering Booker is their franchise player. D’Angelo Russell may give the Suns reassurance that Booker is dedicated to the city and the team. Booker and Russell have great chemistry off the court and it has been said by both players that they want to share the court together night in and night out for the same team and this could be the moment for these players to achieve that goal. With Booker having a career season averaging 27.2 points a game, 6.4 assists and 4.1 rebounds and Russell putting up near all-star numbers of 23.3 points a game, 6.3 assists, and 3.7 rebounds, this duo could finally make Phoenix basketball what it was years ago, but to achieve this trade, The Suns would have to give up some valuable assets.

The Phoenix Suns would have to give up Cameron Johnson, Dario Saric, Tyler Johnson and a first round pick for D’Angelo Russell. This offer might be bold as it does look like the Suns aren’t giving up anything worth D’Angelo Russell, but Cameron Johnson has been a very promising shooter that could easily blend in with the style of play of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, Tyler Johnson is an expiring contract which will give the warriors some cap space to work with, and Dario Saric could be crucial off the bench as the warriors do not have much depth in the power forward position, and as for the first round pick, it will be a guaranteed lottery pick and it will give the warriors two first round lottery picks which will be crucial to them next season with the return of Steph and Klay.

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