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Potential Sun Targets (Small Forwards)

Hi Brightsiders, I was thinking about possible targets our Suns could go after, by deadline or the off-season.

Target 1: Gordon Hayward

Gordon Hayward Full Highlights 2014.01.07 vs Thunder - 37 Pts, 11 Rebs, 7 Assists (via Dawk Ins)


Hayward is a restricted free agent at the end of the season. He has shown he is a very solid offensive and defensive player. Hayward has been having a terrific season. He may be having struggle with the three ball, but the month of January for Hayward has been incredible:

STATS

GP MPG FGM-FGA FG% 3PM-3PA 3P% FTM-FTA FT% RPG APG BLKPG STLPG PFPG TOPG PPG
2013-14 Regular Season 39 36.1 6.1-14.6 .419 1.3-3.8 .327 3.8-4.6 .833 5.4 4.9 0.7 1.4 2.1 2.6 17.3

Those are fairly nice stats,and in January he has taken his game to another level, shooting 24.8 pts per game and increased his shooting percentage to above 0.500. He is a very versatile player and can play the 2 and 3. If the suns decide to acquire him he would be more fitted at the three.

Target 2: Harrison Barnes

Harrison Barnes Full Highlights 2013.11.29 at Thunder - 26 Pts, 4 Assists. (via Dawk Ins)

Harrison Barnes is in his second season at the Golden State Warriors. I thought Barnes is a suitable option as he is young and would provide us with sustainable success for the future and present. In last years play-offs Barnes was simply insane and was a large part of the Warriors play-off run.

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2013 Golden State 12 12 38.4 .444 .365 .857 6.4 1.3 .6 .4 16.1
Career 12 12 38.4 .444 .365 .857 6.4 1.3 .6 .4 16.1

Averaging that is astonishing for rookie to perform like that against quality opponents in the play-offs. However he hasn't contributed as much as last season due to signing of Andre Iguodala. Iggy has a 4 year contract, which should mean Barnes may not be required and could be a nice acquisition to the squad.

Target 3: Luol Deng

2014.01.15 - Luol Deng Full Highlights at Trail Blazers - 25 Pts (via GD's Latest Highlights)

Luol Deng a veteran two way player that we rarely see, and I tend to think of a rich mans PJ Tucker. Deng has a fluent offensive game and hustle type defensive game.

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2004–05 Chicago 61 45 27.3 .434 .265 .741 5.3 2.2 .8 .4 11.7
2005–06 Chicago 78 56 33.4 .463 .269 .750 6.6 1.9 .9 .6 14.3
2006–07 Chicago 82 82 37.5 .517 .143 .777 7.1 2.5 1.2 .6 18.8
2007–08 Chicago 63 59 33.8 .479 .364 .770 6.3 2.5 .9 .5 17.0
2008–09 Chicago 49 46 34.0 .448 .400 .796 6.0 1.9 1.2 .5 14.1
2009–10 Chicago 70 69 37.9 .466 .386 .764 7.3 2.0 .9 .9 17.6
2010–11 Chicago 82 82 39.1 .460 .345 .750 5.8 2.8 1.0 .6 17.4
2011–12 Chicago 54 54 39.2 .412 .367 .770 6.5 2.9 1.0 .7 15.3
2012–13 Chicago 75 75 38.7 .426 .322 .816 6.3 3.0 1.1 .4 16.5
2013–14 Chicago 23 23 37.4 .452 .274 .815 6.9 3.7 1.0 .2 19.0
Career 637 591 35.9 .460 .331 .773 6.4 2.5 1.0 .6 16.1
All-Star 2 0 11.5 .333 .200 1.000 1.0 1.0 .0 .0 5.0

Deng shows the quality he could bring to this team and could potentially be pivotal roll in next seasons play-offs.

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