Here's what I think.
Rather than throw a bunch of crazy statistics at you....you see, we have a situation. We have the 2nd most cap space ($17.2 M) of any team in the league. This basically means we can get anybody that would listen.
Here's the things we can't do:
1) We can't get Dwight Howard.
2) We can't get Deron Williams.
3) We can't get Kobe Bryant (but if you remember, he was actually interested about seven years ago. Imagine what would have happened there.)
4) We can't get any superstars that are playing for a winning team. They're staying.
No franchise pieces on losing teams either, like a John Wall or an Anthony Davis.
But with that much cap room, if Lance Blanks/Lon Babby pulled the trigger, we could do something very good. We could build a team. The thing that I would say is, Phoenix has an identity. We utilize pass-first great-shooting PG's and SG's, forwards who can do it all and a sort of defensive center that can run the floor. Our great players have been people like Kevin Johnson, Steve Nash, Amar'e Stoudemire, Dan Majerle, Shawn Martion, Chuck, and more. All our teams have essentially been of similar rotation distributions. Shaq didn't work. We never were a Hakeem/Ewing/Wilt kind of team. We love our point guards, we love our shooting guards, we love our forwards, and they're usually undersized.
5) If we want to trade, we have assets to trade. We have young people, we have old people, we have medium sized contracts and we can take on space in a trade. If we do want to trade Kendall Marshall we can even do that. He could be a great backup PG, or he could a great first string PG. Nobody knows. Roy Williams said he's the best passer Roy has ever had. That's encouraging. He had Ty Lawson and Ray Felton.
7) It would be highly ironic if Steve Nash, who we picked up in free agency, left the same year we brought his former replacement, Goran Dragic, back to Phoenix. The same thing all over again. Goran has proved he can play over there, he proved he can play here, he proved he can play. He could be our guy. I'm sure there would be some reasonability there.
The thing about Steve is that we had two young promising forwards in '04 and we had room for him. We gave him more money than anyone else.
I'm not going to suggest who I think we should bring here. It's up to Lance and Lon. We have a bench. We can offer money. We can offer shooting room. We can put a young core together. We already have some very bright young players. If Steve Nash leaves we're going to be farther up in the lottery.
Let's face it....no matter what we do, we're not going to be in the playoffs next year unless we create a true coup. We are not going to win a championship next year. But we know who works and who doesn't in Phoenix, with someone like Gentry as our coach, running the system we run. Eric Gordon sounds like he would be a great addition. Kyle Lowry could be really interesting; when he was the starter in Houston he was one of the most intriguing point guards I've ever seen. There are a BUNCH of young draft picks out there that aren't getting a chance.
Whatever we do we could be all right. We could be more than all right. The moral of this interesting point in our history is that, while being one of the most winning franchises in the NBA, right now we're rebuilding. Now that we have cap room, we can do something with it. There's nothing wrong with rebuilding. It could lead to a stronger franchise than ever. I believe anything is possible. If Eric Gordon wants a max deal and he's still meeting with Phoenix, this finally means that Phoenix is ready, unlike in previous years, to break open its check book.
This is where the fun begins. Right here, right now.