According to a report by Sam Amico, of FOX sports Ohio, the Phoenix Suns would be willing to listen to offers and participate in multi-player deals before the trade deadline:
“They have zero untouchables, and word is, they plan to see what they might be able to get for the likes of forwards Jared Dudley and Michael Beasley, and even center Marcin Gortat.”
After letting go of Steve Nash in the offseason, the Phoenix Suns pursued Eric Gordon, who did sign an offer sheet with the team. The New Orleans Hornets, however, decided to match the offer sheet, leaving the Suns out in the cold and without a new face to the franchise.
Suns did sign some decent players in Luis Scola, Goran Dragic and Michael Beasley, but without a clear leader, the team is stuck with a disappointing 12-23 record, leaving the fans wondering what comes next.
It would definitely make sense for Phoenix to mix things up, as the team currently lacks a solid core or any kind of identity. Phoenix should not hesitate moving any of the team’s current players, if that would mean taking a step towards relevance.
The Suns hoped that Michael Beasley would finally break through this season, but instead, he is having the worst season of his career, averaging 9.6 points per game (5 points under his career average). He has moved from being the go-to guy of the team to coming off the bench in limited minutes. It is hard seeing the Suns getting much for Beasley alone, but he could still serve as a decent trading piece in case a team wants to take the gamble on the 2nd overall pick of the 2008 NBA draft.
Jared Dudley and Marcin Gortat are both attractive trading pieces. Dudley is earning a reasonable $4.25M per year until the end of 2015/16, while Gortat will be owed around $7.7M next season, after which his contract expires.
With more and more trade rumors being thrown around the league, we could very well see the Suns being willing participants in potential multi-player deals.
Stay tuned to KJG as we continue to track the trade rumors.
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