After flying out to Los Angeles and visiting Jayson Tatum on Saturday, the Suns stayed busy with draft prospects as they flew in Jonathan Isaac Sunday evening. After wining and dining with the front office, Issac once again was all-eyes for personnel at Talking Stick Resort Arena Monday morning.
According to ESPN 98.7’s John Gambadoro from the Burns & Gambo show, the Suns had already visited with Isaac in Las Vegas so this would be the first time that a prospect has had multiple private workouts and or meetings with them since the workout circuit actually began.
Prior to Monday, Phoenix had private workouts with Jarrett Allen and Malik Monk. Monk, who’s projected to go anywhere from 5-10 come June 22, explained to the media when he was in town that he had a two-day visit in Phoenix, so it makes sense that Isaac would do the same.
As far as prospects with the best fit in the Suns’ system, Isaac is right up near the top. His length and fluidity make him a prime candidate to continue the modern mold of forwards who can protect the rim and be über versatile. Also, on offense, the former Seminole will be able to slide into a role where he wouldn’t have to rush his offensive development. With scorers like Devin Booker, Eric Bledsoe and TJ Warren already in the fold, Isaac would be able to provide the Suns something not currently on the roster.
Pairing Isaac along two young bigs in Marquese Chriss and Dragan Bender, they would all be able to play off their own strengths while having the lateral speed to switch on and off multiple defenders 3-5. Out of the other two wings projected in the top ten, Tatum and Josh Jackson, Isaac far and away is the best overall fit to mesh alongside Chriss and Bender who’s strengths (high motor, athleticism - Chriss, passing ability - Bender) would play right into his, too.
It will be customary to see players in consideration at No. 4 go through this process, but if you did not think Isaac was already an immediate contender there, the second private session with management certainly shows his value.
Stay tuned to Bright Side Of The Sun for more updates on this development.
Breaking News: Jonathan Isaac is currently in Phoenix for a private workout. He flew in last night and had dinner with personnel as well.— Evan Sidery (@esidery) June 12, 2017
Much like Malik Monk, Isaac will have had a two-day visit with Suns personnel. They previously had gotten a look at him at IMPACT in Vegas.— Evan Sidery (@esidery) June 12, 2017