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Locked On Suns Thursday: Sorting through a bizarre draft night for the Suns

Phoenix had a busy draft day wheeling and dealing.

On today’s episode live from Talking Stick Resort Arena, we recapped the Phoenix Suns’ 2019 draft haul. It was totally unexpected featuring three trades and them somehow having less cap space afterwards.

First, the Suns traded T.J. Warren plus the No. 32 pick to Indiana for cash considerations. Why did Phoenix have to attach their second-round pick to offload Warren’s remaining salary? The Pacers ended up trading this pick for three additional second-round picks later on.

Next, Phoenix pulled off an absolute stunner. Before the draft even started, Phoenix traded No. 6 to Minnesota for Dario Saric and No. 11 overall. Saric will be the Suns’ starting power forward next season, but little did they know both Jarrett Culver and Coby White would’ve been available in their original position. Phoenix selected Culver for the Timberwolves, but the Suns selected ... Cam Johnson? Arizona Sports’ Kellan Olson quickly stopped by to give his thoughts on the Johnson selection, too.

Finally, the Suns’ final move of the 2019 NBA Draft featured them trading the 2020 Bucks pick via the Eric Bledsoe trade to Boston for the rights to Ty Jerome and Aron Baynes. Why did the Suns do this, and what does this mean for names like Elie Okobo, De’Anthony Melton and Richaun Holmes?

Fireworks were indeed delivered by the Suns, but how does it look immediately afterwards?

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