Yesterday, we took a look at seven players from the Eastern Conference that ESPN’s NBA Insiders identified as possibly being traded at some time during the 2016-17 NBA season. Today we look at another seven from the Western Conference.
A pair of Phoenix Suns guards were lucky enough to make the list. Chad Ford writes that Suns fans should expect one of these guards to be dealt by the trade deadline. Ford expects that Phoenix could get a “significant return” for Eric Bledsoe and based on his $12.5 million contract calls Brandon Knight a “steal.” Feel free to jump on that one.
Two other Western Conference guards were included. Bradford Doolittle projects that the Minnesota Timberwolves could get good value for Ricky Rubio when rookie Kris Dunn is ready to take over the starting point guard spot full time. He calls Los Angeles Lakers guard Lou Williams an “explosive bench option” and a “bargain” courtesy of his $7 million contract this year and next.
Rudy Gay, DeMarcus Cousins, and Kenneth Faried are the other guys who may be on the move. Kevin Pelton says that the Denver Nuggets may not need Faried if Juancho Hernangomez is ready to play immediately, and the Sacramento Kings may deal Gay for point guard depth. Tom Haberstroh expects to see Cousins in the playoffs this season, with another team. He points out Boston, Denver, and Oklahoma City as possible destinations.
Could the Suns make a trade with another Western Conference competitor this season? What do you think we could get for Sixth Man of the Year, Brandon Knight? What would you like to see the Suns do to this season? Make the playoffs? Making the playoffs would be cool. But who’s going to be on that playoff squad?