The start of the 2016-17 Phoenix Suns season is just three short weeks away. But it’s never too early to start thinking roster upgrades.
ESPN’s NBA Insiders identified seven players from the Eastern Conference that could be with new teams sometime this season.
Included on ESPN’s list are guards Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls and Mario Hezonja of the Orlando Magic. Tom Haberstroh cites Butler’s hunger for “immediate success,” and Chicago’s willingness to move important pieces as they did with Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, as trade factors. Jeremias Engelmann writes that Hezonja may want out of Orlando after offseason moves have comprised the likelihood he lands in the Magic starting lineup.
A pair of Philadelphia 76ers centers may be on the move. Philadelphia trade possibilities were everywhere during the offseason. Chad Ford writes that early success from Jahlil Okafor may make it easier to get a deal done, while Bradford Doolittle identifies Houston and Boston as potential landing spots for Nerlens Noel.
Kevin Love predictably makes the ESPN list. You can probably expect his name to be mentioned in trade talks for the rest of his career. Kevin Pelton writes that Greg Monroe is not part of the Milwaukee Bucks future and likely only has value as a reserve.
Perhaps the most interesting name of the list is Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown, the number three overall pick in this summer’s NBA Draft. Trade happy Boston may be prepared to offer an attractive package for a marquee player. Engelmann writes that if a player the caliber of DeMarcus Cousins or Anthony Davis is on the trading block, the Celtics would likely be ready to part ways with young talent.
What do you think Suns fans? Would you like to see any of these players in a Phoenix jersey this season?