NBA trade speculation surrounding the Phoenix Suns and Kevin Durant has been whirling since the Brooklyn Nets star reportedly asked to be traded.
But Durant isn’t the only person linked to the Suns in recent trade talks.
Several NBA players from other teams have been linked to Phoenix, with Jae Crowder, Dario Saric, Landry Shamet and other Suns players rumored to be potential trade chips for Phoenix’s NBA team.
Could the Suns turn to one of those trades if a trade for Durant doesn’t materialize?
Follow our updates as NBA trade speculation continues.
Launderer’s report: Jae Crowder and Dario Saric trade candidates for the Suns
Jake Fischer writes: “The next deal Cameron Johnson orders could exceed $15 million in average annual value, featuring a further tightening of the Suns’ salary cap after Phoenix matched the four-year $133 million offer sheet. by Indiana’s Deandre Ayton. Accounting for the Suns has become quite expensive, and league staff still rank Jae Crowder and Dario Saric as trade candidates entering this season to clear the necessary wiggle room on Phoenix’s books.”
Hoops habit: 3-team trade would land Terry Rozier on Phoenix Suns
Jack Simone describes a trade in which Phoenix gets Terry Rozier and Kelly Oubre Jr. from the Charlotte Hornets, the New York Knicks getting Jae Crowder, Landry Shamet, Damion Lee, a second-round pick from the Suns and a few second-round picks from the Hornets, which would receive Cameron Johnson, Cam Reddish and Derrick Rose as part of the deal.
He writes: “Let’s start with the Suns in this trade. They would send three pieces in rotation, but they would also get an upgrade in two areas, which would be great. Rozier would come in and be one of the best sixth men in the NBA , while Oubre Jr. would add to an elite bench (or start as a striker alongside Mikal Bridges). they might be more open to trading him more than most realize.Losing Crowder isn’t a big deal at this point in his career, and trading Shamet would sting a bit, but for the return, it’s worth it.
Launderer’s report: Suns should trade Bojan Bogdanovic from Utah
Andy Bailey suggests Phoenix send Jae Crowder, Landry Shamet and a 2023 first-round pick to Utah for Bogdanovic.
He writes, “With his height (6’7″) and career three-point percentage of 39.2, Bogdanovic seems like a natural candidate for the Phoenix Suns. Between Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton, they leaned into positionless basketball, and another dedicated floor spacer that fits that mold would open up some extra space on CP3 and Devin Booker’s records. They would lose some strength and defense without Jae Crowder, but there’s no doubt that Bogdanovic is raising the offensive ceiling. And in the line-ups with Mikal Bridges and Cameron Johnson, there’s probably enough switching opportunity to mitigate Bogdanovic’s weaknesses at the other end.”
notbaanalysis.net: Suns should trade for Utah Jazz goaltender Jordan Clarkson
James Piercey suggests a deal where Phoenix gives up Dario Saric, Landry Shamet and a 2023 first-round pick for Clarkson.
He writes: “OK, so Jordan Clarkson is a sixth man. Exactly the type of player the Suns need. Last year the depth of guard on this team was relatively weak. Cam Payne is a solid player , but he shouldn’t be the third-best guard by an NBA contender. On the other hand, that’s exactly Clarkson’s wheelhouse. He’s perfectly suited to carry the second unit when Chris Paul and Devin Booker have need rest and can co-exist with them for short periods as well. Combined, the three would give the Suns, arguably, the best guard rotation in the NBA. Building their depth takes on new importance as Paul ages. At 37 years, he will be delighted to have a more competent backup in 2022-23 This may not be the blockbuster some Suns fans are hoping for.At the same time, the acquisition of Clarkson could be the decision that will put them at the peak next season elder.
nbaanalysis.net: 3 trade suitors to watch for Suns’ Jae Crowder
Kenneth Teape writes: “Crowder is on an expiring deal and with an extension for Cam Johnson on the horizon, the Suns could be looking to squeeze all the value they can from the grizzled veteran. Although he may have lost a stage last season, he can still be a useful part of a rotation. The Marquette product is a multi-position defender and capable 3-point shooter. He would bring toughness, experience and leadership to n’ any dressing room he’s in. Where could he end up?”
Fanside: Suns should trade for Patrick Beverley, but they won’t
Peter O’Keefe writes: “He’s one of the best perimeter defenders in the league though, harassing opposing point guards every night. Ironically, Beverley would be a great fit for the Suns as a defensive-minded bench player. role is currently wielded by Torrey Craig, but Beverley would provide a much more experienced option with a bigger offensive punch He could theoretically be a Sun, likely for a combination of Craig, Dario Saric and possibly a second-round pick But in reality, there’s a reason it would never happen – his relationship with the Suns and specifically the toxicity between him and Paul.”
nbaanalysis.net: Suns should trade Chris Paul to Nets for Kyrie Irving
James Piercey suggests the Suns ditch Paul and Josh Okogie for Kyrie Irving.
He writes: “Of course, Kyrie Irving is not young by NBA standards. At 30, he has little room left for improvement. That said, Chris Paul is 37. That’s old by NBA standards. Irving could decline in three years, but Paul will likely be retired. Meanwhile, the Phoenix Suns core of Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton and Mikal Bridges are all comfortably on the safe side of 30. They’re a talented core, but they run the risk of burning out after Paul’s decline. This deal allows them to at least extend their lifespan. Granted, they’ll lean on Irving – always a dicey proposition. That said, s “He’s ready to play regular basketball next year, the Suns may not skip a beat. Getting younger while maintaining their success over the past few years is a huge win for this organization.”
Launderer’s report: Suns should trade for Richaun Holmes of Sacramento Kings
Dan Favale asks Phoenix to drop Jae Crowder for center.
He wrote: “Crowder is a real loss for the Suns. But he’s on an expiring contract, and they have Cameron Johnson’s next deal to consider. Crowder’s move makes the inclusion of Mikal Bridges in a KD trade even more prohibitive, but, you know, we “I’m talking about Kevin Durant. You will understand this later. Sacramento should have no qualms with this setting. He still needs defensive wings. Crowder will resist assignments that Harrison Barnes and Keegan Murray are less suited to, and he won’t compromise the Kings’ “De’Aaron Fox, Domantas Sabonis and a Metric Crapton of Shooting” model.”
Last word on sports: Suns should trade Eric Gordon from Houston Rockets
Dylan Guest calls on Phoenix to give up Landry Shamet, Dario Saric and a 2025 NBA first-round pick for Gordon.
He writes: “The Suns ultimately fell apart to the Mavericks in the second round of the Western Conference. The most apparent hole for the Suns in this series was their lack of a solid ball handler and scorer off the bench. Chris Paul is got into the funks and struggled with foul issues, so if he and Devin Booker were on the floor, the Suns could barely score Gordon is a great player to fill that void, and he also has a lot of playoff experience under his belt. Houston gets Saric expiring contract “They are focused on developing more young players, so Saric is unlikely to get a major role. Shamet, however, can earn a role as a shooter and defender off the bench. Otherwise, it will end up being a solid trade chip. Finally, the Rockets get a potential first-round pick in exchange for one of their seasoned veterans.”
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