According to an ESPN report Wednesday morning, the Suns’ pursuit of a starting point guard could weave itself into the ongoing discussions between Miami and Minnesota regarding superstar forward Jimmy Butler.
As Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted Wednesday, if Goran Dragic were to head to the Timberwolves in a potential Butler deal, it would leave one of Jeff Teague or Tyus Jones out of the mix in the Wolves’ point guard rotation.
Wojnarowski called Jones “another PG on Phoenix’s radar,” which aligns with previous reports and makes sense, as Jones is 22 and aligns more closely with the Suns’ timeline.
Teague, on the other hand, is already 30 and has a big, $19 million player option for the 2019-20 season he would be smart to ignore. It’s unlikely he opts to re-enter free agency next summer, which would leave Phoenix with hardly any cap space if they were to acquire him.
The New York Times’ Marc Stein reignited the rumor mill early Wednesday when he reported that Butler and his agent informed Minnesota that Miami was the disgruntled star’s preferred trade destination. The Heat lack the cap space to absorb Butler outright, but between Dragic, Hassan Whiteside and Josh Richardson, possess the player contracts to make a deal work along with proven young talent.
It seems the Suns stand to gain from these discussions more than we originally thought, after the team entered training camp this week in Flagstaff without a proven point guard on the roster.