Monday we knew with the 2016-17 season just two days away, the Phoenix Suns would need to trim their roster to 15. How that was done however, was very unexpected.
While possible moves centered around releasing Derrick Jones Jr. or John Jenkins, the Suns have instead elected to part ways with 22 year old guard Archie Goodwin. Surprising to many, this move was kicked around by the BSOTS staff.
With players like R.J. Hunter and Tyler Ennis being cut today with guar deals, could Archie Goodwin be cut? Maybe, but likely not.— Dave King (@DaveKingNBA) October 24, 2016
The reason I float Archie is he's prob 6th in 3-man guard rotation and most likely to grumble about mins in locker room.— Dave King (@DaveKingNBA) October 24, 2016
There will be no grumbling. Phoenix selected Goodwin out of Kentucky with the 29th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. Last season was the most productive of his three years in Phoenix. Goodwin averaged 8.9 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 2.1 assists in 19.5 minutes.
While Goodwin was plagued with inconsistent play during his stay in Phoenix, it is unlikely that the explosive, young guard will be unemployed for very long. For the Suns the focus turns to Wednesday’s season opener. Phoenix hosts the Sacramento Kings, tip off is scheduled for 7pm PT.