OK. As you probably know I am never a fan of blowing it all up and rather value teams that can fine-tune their way through rebuilding process.
Suns have given my point some value after the All-Star break - without any trades they just started to fare much better then in the first half of the season.
That said I can see a very doable trade that would take us even deeper into the playoffs without having to trade Nash. We would give up some youth - but hey, that would give us a pretty young starter.
So more or less we give up 3 role players (one rookie, one inconsistant big man with some value and one athletic wing with an IQ of bottled soda) for one of top 10 PF's in the league. I tried annd really can't come up with 10 better, more complete players playing this position - Milsap is playing on an average team that until recently was better than us and still managed to have PER of 23.2 - that's better than Gortat or Steve!!!
We give up our promising youth (sarcasm font - I really don't see any of these guys ever being a legitimate starter for a contender) for a guy who is only 27 (and performs very well in a rather stagnant offence with most points coming of post ups and mid range jumpers).
How this helps us get better?
Isn't it obvious? Do we really have that much ground to cover to get into the mix?
We still have enough cap space to chase another FA - preferably Nic Batum.
How does a starting 5 of Nash/Dudley/Batum/Milsap/Gortat sound? We could even rotate Hill in and out of the starting lineup depending on the need for a stopper in any particular game.
A bench of Frye (playing PF/C at times) with Redd and Chilldress doesn't look half bad especially if we can add a decent PG backup.
Do you think this team would be able to get deep into the playoffs? Should FO push for a final day trade? It doesn't destroy our flexibility and gives us a decent chance of a title run - I mean I can't see how Dallas is any better than that team we would assemble.