Steve Kerr's rapid fire decision to send Shaq on his way to the Cavs started what looked like a trade filled summer season for the Suns. Little did we know that the hot days and warm nights weren't going to be nearly so exciting. Now I don't mean to rain on Kerr's re-signing duo of Grant Hill and Steve Nash - they were impressive last year as the Suns unsuccessfully struggled to capture a play-off berth and adding an extended contract for Ama're Stoudemire to that list would be a crucial step forward as the Suns look toward 2009-10.
But for those junkies hooked on NBA trades, Kerr has hinted that he wants to offer Sasha Pavlovic some closure - exactly what that means remains unclear. An acquisition from the Cavs/Shaq deal, the 25-year old Pavlovic has averaged 5.8 points per game during his career. And now he's listed on the Suns payroll for $4.9 million in the 2009-10 season - a fairly steep price that would make Sasha the eighth highest paid Suns player out of what is currently a twelve man roster.
It is hard to imagine those numbers working - especially when the Suns top brass are putting their bottom line under an extremely bright spotlight. Instead, a guard like Von Wafer may be the way to go both in terms of production and finance. Having racked-up an average of 9.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per game for the Houston Rockets last year, Wafer has shown some decent point production and his average of 19.4 minutes in 63 games makes clear that he can put in the time on the court. But most enticing might be his meager price tag - Wafer was paid less than $800,000 for the 2008-09 season.
Dropping Sasha and bringing in Wafer could save Phoenix millions($) and open some real options on the court. He's a volatile guy but Von Wafer could be the spark plug we need.