According to Jordan Schultz from the Huffington Post, Jayson Tatum will be participating in his private workout with the Suns on Saturday. Unlike Malik Monk’s session, the Suns interactions with Tatum will be not available to media.
However, the trend of private workouts that even fly completetly under the radar for top prospects — including the supposed meeting with Jonathan Isaac earier this week in Las Vegas at IMPACT training facilities via ESPN 98.7’s John Gambadoro — is something that will continue to be more prevalent.
Tatum is a prospect, in terms of a Suns fit, that you’re either fully with or against.
While Tatum would provide another unique scoring threat long-term to pair alongside Devin Booker, the fit just doesn’t make much sense on the surface.
The best team fit for Tatum would be to come in and be option A on offense. Phoenix already has 1A and 1B in Booker and Eric Bledsoe, if he stays around after draft night.
His scoring ability is pure, some of the best all-around offense in this class, including elite intangibles from mid-range and in isolation. Another area in his game is his post-up. Whether it’s fading away in Dirk Nowitzki-like fashion or having savvy to get around his defender to the rim, Tatum would give the Suns someone they would feel confident that can get them a bucket from 15 feet and in.
If Tatum is the Suns’ guy, you have to start wondering about the future of T.J. Warren, though. Coming into a contract year, you would have to think there would some tension but motivation for him from the front office. Prove you can stick around and compete with Tatum, but Warren could see greener pastures and bolt once he sees the writing on the wall. It’s an interesting predicament that will play out if they draft Tatum, because he plays much of the same game Warren does for their offense.
So far, Jarrett Allen, Monk, and Tatum will have had private workouts with the Suns. De’Aaron Fox, who was rumored to have been coming but was never confirmed, hasn’t scheduled a workout as of yet that’s been reported. Fox will have a workout on Tuesday with the Los Angeles Lakers, while he travels to Philadelphia later that week.
Stay tuned to Bright Side of the Sun for more draft information as it breaks up until they select June 22.
What would you think of a Tatum fit in The Valley, Suns fans?