With DeAndre Ayton, Kelly Oubre Jr., and Devin Booker, the Suns certainly have a talented young core. But are they enough for the Suns to reach their ultimate goal?
Submerged in a conference loaded with talent, Phoenix has struggled to keep their head above the water for the past couple of years. This season, while in the midst of their most promising performance, the same questions continue to linger about the direction and potential of the team.
And, as losers in six of their last seven games, it seems the Suns are headed the wrong way again after an initial hot start.
Frank Urbina of HoopsHype seemed to suggest that Phoenix could look to the trade market for help, pointing out one player in particular that may draw their interest: LaMarcus Aldridge.
A third Western Conference club was also brought up as a potential destination for Aldridge. The Phoenix Suns, losers in six of their last seven games after a surprisingly strong start to the season, were mentioned by a Western Conference executive, though he questioned if they had the salaries to match San Antonio on such a deal.
As pointed out in the article, Aldridge would make for a valuable addition for Phoenix.
If the two sides could figure out the financials, Aldridge would be a completely logical target for a Phoenix team so desperate to turn the corner, since he’s a veteran All-Star who can play the position where they are probably the weakest: power forward. You could do a whole lot worse than a starting frontcourt of Aldridge and either Aron Baynes or Deandre Ayton when he returns from suspension. Remember, the Suns nearly signed Aldridge back in 2015. The big man has said he was “very close” to joining Phoenix, but he ultimately chose San Antonio.
Interestingly enough, the Suns were big players for Aldridge in 2015 free agency, and almost signed him before he chose the Spurs. At 34-years-old, he’s not the player he would have been back then, but he’d still be an upgrade over who they currently have in Saric, Baynes, and Fran Kaminsky.
Aldridge is averaging 18.9 points and 6.7 rebounds on 51% shooting this season. His offensive skillset would be a nice pairing alongside Booker and Ayton.
Among Aldridge’s other suitors include the Kings, Nuggets, and Trail Blazers.