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Big changes on the horizon?

This season has been a roller coaster for the Suns. After getting off to a 16-7 start, they are now hovering around .500 and are in the play-in picture. While injuries, particularly to Devin Booker, are to blame for their 9-17 skid since, they probably also overachieved a bit early on considering they were missing Chris PaulCam Johnson, and Jae Crowder.

Despite cries for the Suns to blow it up, they are well-positioned to be one of the biggest buyers ahead of the trade deadline. They have all of their first-round picks and plenty of large salaries they could put together to match for just about anybody. The Suns may have stabilized things if their recent four-game winning streak means anything, and the return of Booker can help get them back into the playoff picture. With the West wide open, there’s a good case for them to push their chips in and make a big trade.

The sale of the Suns

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The Suns are expected to make a trade. The scale of it is yet to be determined, and the timing of the sale of the Suns may factor into that. According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the ownership change from Robert Sarver to Matt Ishbia complicates big trades. Any trade involving players earning more than the $10.8 million average salary would require Sarver’s approval.

According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Suns are open to increasing payroll and trading a first-round pick by this year’s deadline. Both reports can be true, but Charania’s reporting may suggest that all decision-makers for the Suns could be in lockstep to operate beyond the limitations mentioned by Windhorst.

That may be the case with today’s recent reporting. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the sale of the Suns is expected to be finalized prior to the trade deadline, allowing Ishbia to oversee the team’s moves. This would be huge because it could keep Phoenix in the mix for some of the best available players.

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Potential trade options

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One of Phoenix’s biggest needs to address ahead of the trade deadline is their backcourt rotation. As mentioned in HoopsHype’s…


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Publish date : 2023-01-25 19:16:26

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