NBA Trade Rumors: Deadline looms, Suns options shrink

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In years past, the Phoenix Suns were actively involved in many rumors as they took offers for their star players. This year, the Suns are possible buyers but the market is thin and the team seems to very stingy when it comes to giving up assets to get talent.

When the biggest names in the trade market are marginal stars making big dollars you'd expect the rumors to be both curious and contradictory. We've heard all about Josh Smith and before him Rudy Gay but now as the deadline gets closer it feels like the reality for Suns fan anxious for action is dwindling to a few minor moves unless you think the rumors involving Gortat to the OKC Thunder are worth anything.

Here's a report from ESPN repeating what the Arizona Republic said Tuesday about the Suns lack of interest in Josh Smith.

Atlanta Hawks unliklely to deal Josh Smith to Phoenix Suns - Sources - ESPN

The Phoenix Suns appear to be out of the Josh Smith sweepstakes. According to sources, a potential deal to send Smith from the Atlanta Hawks to the Suns prior to Thursday's 3 p.m. ET trade deadline, is unlikely.

The report goes on to talk about the Suns activity around moving Sebastian Telfair and Jermaine O'Neal. No surprise there. So basically, nothing new to see here.

Links:

- Phoenix Suns trade rumors: Clearing cap space and grabbing at Josh Smith - SBNation.com
The Suns would like to make a splash, and they're definitely active in making calls this trade season. But it will be difficult for them to pull off anything substantial with so few valuable pieces to trade and with the competition to acquire their wanted targets so great.

- Trade Rumors from around the NBA

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