The Phoenix Suns haven’t got off to the start of the season they were expecting when they drafted Deandre Ayton and appointing Igor Kokoškov as their head coach, currently sitting at a 4 and 16 record and showing no signs of improvement.
Prior to the start of the season, Devin Booker stated that he was tired of missing the playoffs and that he was going to do whatever it takes to lead the Suns to the postseason this year, something that obviously hasn’t happened so far.
Moreover, it looks like Booker is completely wasting his talents on a mediocre team that’s nowhere near contention, and that’s why he’s already let everybody know that he’s not pleased with the roster they have nowadays.
So, apparently, Booker wants to build a super-team of his own at the desert, something that ’s not going to happen unless they land a top-tier point guard. And even, though it’s not going to be an easy task, we’re going to let you know exactly how they can achieve it in no time.
5. Terry Rozier – The Sleeper
Terry Rozier is unhappy in Boston and everybody knows that. The young guard wants to be a starter and he’s not likely to stay put beyond this season with the team anyway, so they might as well make the most of him while they still can.
Rozier and Booker could be a deadly backcourt combo and entertain Suns fans for years to come, and the Celtics could send him with a 2nd round pick to get TJ Warren, who would provide a huge boost at the power forward spot for Boston.
4. Goran Dragic – Serbian, Slovenian Connection
Goran Dragic has already had a nice stint with the Phoenix Suns, but according to several reports, he didn’t leave the team in good terms. Even so, he wouldn’t pass on the chance to play for the coach of Slovenia’s national team, the guy that truly knows how to bring the best out of his game.
The Miami Heat want to rebuild and just don’t have enough assets to do so, and the Suns have enough young pieces with great upside to pull the trigger right away. So, in order to get Dragic back, they could send TJ Warren and Josh Jackson to South Florida.
3. Mike Conley – Floor General
Mike Conley is arguably the best fit at point guard this team could have, mostly because of his top-tier defense and hustle, and the fact that he’s one of the few pass-first kind of point guards still left in the league, an unselfish leader that could really take Booker and Ayton’s game to a whole new level.
Also, the Grizzlies aren’t unlikely to be able to maintain their good run of the start of the season, and with Gasol set to be a free agent, they need to start planning ahead for the future. In order to get Conley, the Suns would have to send TJ Warren, Josh Jackson and Trevor Ariza away, although they would have to wait until February, and Conley’s huge contract will be an issue.
2. John Wall – Risky, But Worthy
John Wall is one of the best players in the league when focused and locked in, and if you want him to stop partying him so much, send him to a town like Phoenix. Moreover, even though he’s risky and volatile due to his bad temper, he could be really worth the gamble as an All-Star presence in the locker room.
Wall is a great pick and roll player that could really help Deandre Ayton thrive, let alone the fact that his drives would open up a lot of space for Devin Booker. To get him, they’d have to send away TJ Warren, Josh Jackson, Mikal Bridges and a 2nd rounder, but they’d have to pay Wall around 170.9 million dollars over the next 4 years.
1. Kemba Walker – Unreal, But Still Possible
Kemba Walker is balling his heart out right now. He’s at the pinnacle of his career and is currently leading the Hornets on yet another playoff run that’s likely to fail. Still, Michael Jordan wants to keep him and surround him with more talent, but unless he commits to staying put, not trading him is a huge gamble.
For that matter, the Hornets should really consider trading him before he just walks away for free, and a big three of Kembar – Booker – Ayton would be really fun to watch, at least offensive wise. In order to get the UConn product, the Suns would have to send the Hornets TJ Warren, Josh Jackson, and a future 1st and 2nd round picks.