Who’s ready for the NBA Draft? It’s one of the busiest times of the NBA calendar, and we now have a huge news drop-off from Shams Charania of The Athletic. Charania is reporting the Phoenix Suns have shopped around two wings and their lottery pick.
The Suns have discussed forwards T.J. Warren and Josh Jackson in several separate trade packages, as well as it’s No. 6 pick, league sources said.
With the emergence of Kelly Oubre Jr., plus how much Mikal Bridges is valued, Warren and Jackson were always going to be on the outside looking in for consistent playing time.
Warren made remarkable improvement with his three-point shooting, but his inconsistent defense continued to make him a poor fit alongside Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton. Jackson was the Suns’ No. 4 pick in the 2017 draft, and he’s failed to live up to sky-high expectations placed on him. Former Suns GM Ryan McDonough dubbed Jackson the best fit long-term to thrive with Booker, which likely led to his firing along with other draft-related moves.
It’s very interesting how the No. 6 pick is on the table, too. ESPN’s Jonathan Givony mentioned the pick is available for the ‘right veteran guard’, but who could that be? The most realistic option, though, seems to be clearing out space to chase more free agents. If Phoenix is able to unload Warren and Jackson’s contracts, they would have enough cap space to chase top free agent point guard D’Angelo Russell while also keeping Oubre Jr.’s restricted rights.
This offseason is the first as head honcho for GM James Jones, but it’s an important one where no missteps can be taken. Stay tuned to Bright Side and we’ll continue to keep you updated on the latest rumblings related to Phoenix.