NBA Trade Deadline – what will the Phoenix Suns do by February 9?

With the NBA Trade Deadline approaching, the leaders of the 30 franchises are busy making the necessary transfers before the fateful date of February 9. Of course, each team’s situation is different, and it is precisely for this reason that we want make special deadline paper by franchise. Presenting issues, issues to watch, intentions in the transfer market… we explain it all to you. On the menu today, the Phoenix Suns.


Dominating at the beginning of the season, Phoenix quickly fell in the standings after that. At the end of November, the Suns had a record of 15 wins for 6 losses and a first place in the West, before the injuries came to Cactus: Devin Booker, Cameron Johnson, Deandre Ayton and Chris Paul all went through the infirmary of this season. Only Mikal Bridges survived this butchery that plagues the Valley of the Sun.

Today is the 7th of their conference, the Suns have a chance to make a difference: the core of the finalist team in 2021 is still there, and before the injury, Booker was producing a statistical season worthy of an MVP. Phoenix is ​​positioning itself as a potential trade deadline buyer with several names already mentioned in rumors to overcome injury problems.

Another important factor to consider is the change in ownership. As we know, Robert Sarver sold the Suns to Mat Ishbia, who can officially control the franchise before the transfer deadline on February 9. What influences the choices of Phoenix management at the deadline? Can.


When you think of the players leaving for Arizona, Jae Crowder immediately entered my mind. The winger who was drafted in 2012 refused to play for the Suns this year and requested his transfer before training camp even started in September. American journalist Marc Stein confirmed the possibility of a trade in 3 to recover Rui Hachimura which will include the Bucks and Wizards. Eventually the talks broke down and the Japanese fled to Los Angeles. Therefore, Phoenix will need to look for another trade in the coming week, especially since Crowder is out of contract at the end of the current season. In other words, there is a need for urgency. According to the latest information, the Suns have given the Bucks and Jae permission to talk together.

Other rumored players: Landry Shamet, which may also be out. The Suns guard has had a fair season thus far, with 9 points per game off the bench and 38% 3-point success. Finally, Dario Saric also one of the names to watch.


A lot of names have been floating around lately, but two players are at the forefront of the rumors.

The point guard of the Raptors Fred VanVleet. In theory, the trade makes a lot of sense for both teams: Phoenix is ​​looking for a leader capable of relieving Booker. Also, Chris Paul’s age (37) is starting to become a factor to watch, as the window of opportunity to win a championship may close as CP3’s bones bury themselves in the Arizona sand. . VanVleet is running this season at 19 points per game, accompanied by 6.5 caviar. For Toronto, which doesn’t appear to be playing much, this will avoid the risk of losing FVV without consideration next summer, when he becomes a free agent.

Another idea is to come and strengthen the wings, who have been injured a lot this season. This is where‘OG Anunoby intervene: good defender and third scorer on the Raptors (17 points per game), OG may be in the process of leaving Toronto. The idea for Phoenix would be a major five with Anunoby replacing Cameron Johnson, the latter relegated to the bench as the sixth man like last season. A more original vision, in the view of a Chris Paul less important than before, is to move the guards one row back. Booker leads the way, with the trio of Mikal Bridges, Cam Johnson and OG Anunoby by his side.

Among the other fires swirling in Arizona, we have D’Angelo Russellof Jalen McDaniels or even Eric Gordon. Names to keep in the back of your mind.


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