Last week during one of the NBA’s slowest periods for trades and signings, it was reported by ArizonaSports.com’s John Gambadoro that the Phoenix Suns were in the market for a star-caliber point guard, and had enquired about the likes of Damian Lillard, Kemba Walker, and Terry Rozier to pair with Devin Booker and DeAndre Ayton.
Suns have definitely been trying to trade for a front tier point guard – Lillard, Walker, Rozier – but to no avail. 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.
— John Gambadoro (@Gambo987) August 31, 2018
Obviously, given the assets that the Suns have to offer for an All-Star talent in a trade, the report was nothing more than a rumor at the time, and according to Jordan Greer of Sporting News, even if the reports were legitimate, there’s no chance Phoenix could’ve acquired Lillard.
Damian Lillard: No. Nope. Definitely not. Lillard is in the prime of his career and the unquestioned face of the franchise. The Trail Blazers have Lillard for three more years under his current contract, and it’s not as though they’ve just entered a massive rebuild. This doesn’t make sense for Portland.
Even if you exclude Lillard, Greer thinks that both Walker and Rozier were also unrealistic targets for the Suns’ front office.