The Phoenix Suns are off to a surprising start this season. Many people expected the Suns to be a bottom-feeder team but so far, they are 11-13 and have a real shot at making the playoffs this season.
The Suns made great decisions this past offseason acquiring Ricky Rubio, Aron Baynes, Cameron Johnson, and Dario Saric to pair alongside Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton. These acquisitions have proven to be essential to this team’s success as they have been able to stay afloat with injuries/suspensions to key players.
Even with the Suns staying afloat, their performance has taken a hit due to inactivity from their key players. With that being said, the Suns should look to make trades not only as insurance but also to strengthen their chances of making the playoffs. Here are 5 players that the Suns should look to trade for.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have recently made Love available in trade discussions and the Suns should be interested. Kevin Love has had a good year so far, posting averages of 16.4 points and 10.8 rebounds per game on 44% shooting from the field. Love was making headlines recently as he has “requested a trade” from Cleveland. The reason for this is that Love wants to win but, the Cavs are currently in a rebuild and it will possibly take them nearly half a decade to get back into contention.
A potential Love trade would be Love in exchange for Mikal Bridges and Tyler Johnson. For the Suns, Love would be the deal power forward alongside Deandre Ayton and an upgrade over Dario Saric.
Kevin Love is a winner and can bring a championship mindset to the team. Not to mention, a Love-Ayton backcourt would be excellent at rebounding and scoring. Also, Love’s three-point shooting can open up the offense and he can serve as an excellent 2nd option to Devin Booker.
For the Cavs, Mikal Bridges adds a 3-D player to your roster and someone who can be a vital part of the rebuild. You would also be getting off of Kevin’s contract and a potential backup point guard in Tyler Johnson.
With Aldridge having two years left on his deal and nearing 35, it would be a good idea for the Spurs to move on from him. After starting the season off 3-0, the Spurs looked like a team that was destined to make the playoffs once again.
Since this start, they have gone 6-15 and are currently the 12th seed in the West. It looks as if playoffs are out of reach for this team and this has been due in part to poor play from the players. It seems as if Gregg Popovich’s 22-year streak of making the playoffs will come to an end this season. With this, the Spurs should look to trade their best players in DeMar DeRozan and Aldridge.
A potential trade would be L.A. for Tyler Johnson and Mikal Bridges.
For the Suns, L.A. can provide the team with shooting and scoring. He would also add a veteran presence and alleviate offensive presence from Booker.
For the Spurs, this trade would begin the long-awaited rebuild. Having Bridges alongside Dejounte Murray and Derrick White gives you a potential point guard, shooting guard, and small forward of the future.
The Toronto Raptors have not lost a step since the departure of Kawhi Leonard and are looking like a team poised to make a deep playoff run. A potential Serge trade would be an aggressive one for the future and one that many may question. Serge Ibaka has taken a huge leap backward this season as he is shooting nearly 10% worse from the field than he did last year.
Overall, his numbers are down across the board and as he is hitting the back end of his career, this production drop-off is worrisome. If the Suns plan on trading for him, now would be the time.
A potential trade would be Serge Ibaka in exchange for Tyler Johnson, Jalen Lecque, and a future 2nd round pick. For the Suns, Ibaka and Ayton would form a defensive frontcourt that would put fear into opponents. Not only would Serge improve their defense, but he is also someone who can space the floor and is a good playmaker for his position.
For the Raptors, this trade allows you to get something in return for Serge as he will hit the open market this upcoming offseason. Also, the emergence of Chris Boucher makes Ibaka expendable. With the exquisite development staff that the Raptors have, Lecque could potentially turn into the point guard of the future for them.
With Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson set to hit the open market, it may be time for the Pistons to consider a rebuild. The Pistons have been content with mediocrity for too long and it is time for a change. The Pistons are currently 10-15 and only 1.5 games out of the 8th seed but, a rebuild must happen.
The Pistons aren’t a team that is expected to make a deep playoff run, even with All-stars Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond. A potential Blake Griffin trade would be Cameron Johnson and Tyler Johnson as well as other pieces for salary matching purposes in exchange for Griffin.
For the Pistons, this trade allows you to rebuild and gives you young talent to build around.
For the Suns, Blake would be an amazing 2nd option alongside Booker and would form a great frontcourt alongside Ayton. He also brings a veteran presence and is someone who knows how to win.
With this recent skid, it may be time for the Wolves to go in a different direction and punt the season. Covington has been an excellent player since arriving in Minnesota with his elite defense and shooting. Injury issues have kept him sidelined for most of his time there but, when he is on the floor, his presence has been felt. The Wolves are currently on a 7-game losing streak and have fallen to the 10th seed in the West.
Punting the season may seem like an idiotic decision but, it is a decision that they may have to make. A potential trade would be Robert Covington and cap fillers for Tyler Johnson, Jalen Lecque, and a 2020 top-10/lottery protected first-round pick.
For the Wolves, this trade gives you a point guard with loads of potential in Lecque as well as a potential mid-first-round pick in a guard-heavy class.
For the Suns, Covington would be the perfect 3-D player to add to the roster. He would improve the team’s defense and shooting as well as be a great co-teammate to Devin Booker.