Detroit and Phoenix are discussing a deal centered on guard Luke Kennard, league sources tell ESPN. Suns' first-round pick is in play. Kennard has missed 22 straight games with bilateral knee tendinitis.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 4, 2020
Kennard, who was drafted No. 12 overall in the 2017 NBA Draft, fits the Suns’ identity very well. Not only does Kennard check the high-IQ box, but also a sharpshooter who adds playmaking ability. So far this season, Kennard has averaged 15.8 points and 4.1 assists while shooting 39.9 percent on three-pointers.
Wojnarowski noted the Suns’ first-round pick could be involved, which shouldn’t come as a surprise for someone like Kennard. Outside of rookie wing Sekou Doumboya, Detroit has no other young building blocks except the former Duke Blue Devil.
Here’s another update from Woj on more pieces.
Possible package gaining traction for Kennard, per sources: Jevon Carter, Elie Okobo and a first-round pick. Suns imagine Kennard as a 30 minute-plus per game floor spacer to complement Devin Booker, Kelly Oubre, Jr., and Ricky Rubio. https://t.co/1iw2iqPmq2— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 4, 2020
Looks like Elie Okobo, Jevon Carter and a (certainly protected) first round pick.
Stay tuned to Bright Side Of The Sun as we’ll keep you updated on the Kennard negotiations. With Phoenix heading into Detroit right now, is this Suns GM James Jones’ opportunity to close the deal in front of Pistons management?
It’s officially trade season, so buckle up Suns fans. The trade deadline is less than three days away, on Thursday at 1pm AZ time.