With the Phoenix Suns standing at 13-29 exactly one month before the February 18th trade deadline, after committing a combined $122 million in guaranteed contracts to free agents Brandon Knight and Tyson Chandler over the summer, logic would dictate that the Suns would fall under the 'sellers' category as the trade season picks up steam.
Pity for GM Ryan McDonough, the rumor mill has been uncharacteristically quiet across the NBA this season, possibly because more teams than usual -- contenders and rebuilders alike -- are more or less comfortable with what they have. Underachievers like Houston and Milwaukee are either too talented or too young to tear anything down and start over, and those in playoff position seem to be pretty locked in with their current rosters.
The Suns' long-awaited opportunity to pounce on a disgruntled star player feels light years away at this point, with no signs of significant turbulence appearing among the elite. In the meantime, the Suns have turned the practice of disgruntling their own players into a science, saturating the very market of which they were hoping to take advantage.
Of course, not everything finds its way into the media -- Knight wasn't included in many, if any, deadline rumors before being traded a year ago -- and the chances are excellent that if a significant trade does occur for Phoenix, it won't be anything that we anticipated.
But will the Suns be buying, or selling?
If McDonough's recent interview with Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe is any indication, they haven't made up their minds yet.
- Minnesota received Troy Daniels, cash, and a pair of second-rounders for Corey Brewer
- Utah received Grant Jerret, Kendrick Perkins, Tibor Pleiss and OKC's protected 2017 first-rounder for Enes Kanter
- Denver received Will Barton, Victor Claver, Thomas Robinson and a protected 2016 first-rounder for Arron Afflalo (this ended up being a steal for the Nuggets due to Barton's emergence, but that wasn't the case at the time)
- New York received a pair of second-round picks for Pablo Prigioni
On the Horizon
- Tuesday, January 19 vs Indiana
- Thursday, January 21 vs San Antonio
- Saturday, January 23 vs Atlanta