hello guys, my name is Holeman1 and I was born and raised in the Valley of the Sun and has been a loyal fan for the Arizona Cardinals and the Phoenix suns for all my life, I think that it is amazing how far we have come to being one of the lowest ranked team to being a Playoff snub, the same thing happened to the Cardinals also... either way the Suns have a very good 2014-2015 outlook, as being one of the youngest and least paid team in the league, we have a lot of room to expand, and I definitely think if we pull of a amazing offseason we could be serious contenders, so I decided to create something I would like to see us do this offseason which is loaded with very high-upside players.
Pre-Mock Offseason Depth Chart:
PF: Channing Frye, Markieff Morris
Phoenix's Free agents:
Eric Bledsoe, PG/SG (Restricted) [we resign to a 4 year, 30M$ deal)
P.J. Tucker, SF (Restricted) [we resign to a 3 year, 5M$ deal]
Channing Frye, PF (Player Option) [picks up player option, is cut]
Emeka Okafor, C [not resigned]
Eric Bledsoe and P.J. Tucker were both big parts of our dream run last year, and both deserved a deal that was a step up from last year. Bledsoe receives a long term contract from us to keep the Slash Bros together for as long as possible, and as long as both him and Dragic are as consistent as they were last year, we could easily have a top-5 backcourt which we should build around. Tucker obviously was not as big of a playmaker as Bledsoe was but he showed up to the party in unexpected fashion, he got dirty in the paint whenever Plumlee or Frye did not and was a big part of our locker room, and because of that he deserves a deal that is a step up from last year so we can retain his all-around skillset, however he has the looks as a solid backup than a starter, so he should be upgraded. Frye is a very tricky guy, coming back from a enlarged heart has certainly brought extra storyline and emotion to our team, however he was not the most consistent guy around and takes up a lot of cap space, while he does bring alot to the team and has a 'space guy' ability to him, he could be a liability in free agency, especially when working out deals with big stars this free agency. Okafor we should let walk, and while I played with the idea in my head of resigning him, I don't think it should happen.
Free Agent Signings:
Rudy Gay, SF, Sacramento (3 year, 55M$ deal, 5M$ guaranteed): Gay has been a very good but unstable player, he has the potential the become a all-star but lets his relationships with a team's front office get in the way, and because of that he seems like a unpopular guy that has been traveling from team to team, however he is a perfect fit for us. with our stable locker-room and a player's coach, he should feel like he is at home, and with the Slash Bros being the centerpiece of our team, he should not have as much stress put on him as when he was in Toronto or Sacramento, even if he still finds a way to mess up his time with us, he is only guaranteed 5 million, and if he shows up to the party and becomes a difference maker in our offense he would receive big-time money.
Ed Davis, PF, Memphis (1 year, 500k deal): Davis is a former lottery pick that has failed to live up to expectations, after he was drafted he went to the D-league then returned to the league and still failed to find even a backup role, with this 1 year "prove it" deal we will give him one last chance, even if it does not work out as planned it is a low-risk deal.
1st round, 14th overall: Adreian Payne, PF, Michigan State: obviously losing Frye is bigger than it seems, not only do we need a extra starting-caliber PF, but we need one that can be a 'space-guy' and Payne is both.
1st round, 18th overall: Kyle Anderson, SG/SF, UCLA: this guy has a forward's body but plays like a guard, some question how he will translate heading into the NBA, but if we could get it sorted out then it would be a good pickup.
1st round, 26 overall (from Indiana): Glen Robinson III, SF, Michigan: with Gay, we probably wont need Robinson to do anything special as a rookie, but we could keep him around as a failsafe, he is very good playmaker.
2nd round, 44th overall: Mitch McGary, C, Michigan: if it was not for the constant injuries this guy gets, he would be a 1st round pick, but because he does, he falls down here. McGary has a good, aggressive upside that we need to get in our frontcourt.
Dionte Christmas would have to be cut if my mock offseason would work out to preserve cap space, sry Cristmas.
also, if Len does not step up, then there is a chance we could cut him as well.
Post Draft Depth Chart:
PG: Goran Dragic, Ish Smith
SG: Eric Bledsoe, Gerald Green, Archie Goodwin, Kyle Anderson
SF: Rudy Gay, P.J. Tucker, Marcus Morris, Glen Robinson III
PF: Markieff Morris, Adreian Payne, Ed Davis
C: Miles Plumlee, Alex Len, Mitch McGary
^ obviously not all of the players would make the final roster, but what it will filter out to is a very well-rounded team.
thank you guys for taking the time to read this, yes, I am a rookie at this and I don't know a whole lot about how the trades worked so I kind of avoided that topic, tell me what you think!