Phil Jackson once said that in order for a team to be a true contender, they must reach 40 regular season wins before they get to 20 losses. As of February 9th, the Phoenix Suns have the best record in the NBA at 44-10.
The Suns actually managed to get 40 wins before 10 losses, and are on pace to become the 14th team in NBA history to win 67 or more games in a season.
All that being said, contending teams tend to avoid trades at the deadline because making a bad trade is often worse than no trade at all. And when you are playing so well, how much do you really have to gain?
Not much. But for a team like the Suns who have an almost identical roster to last season's finals team, they might want to look into an upgrade if it becomes available. With the deadline being less than a day away, let's look at some potential Phoenix Suns trade options.
The one that appears the most likely is the Suns getting their hands on rangy forward Thad Young from the Spurs. He is a hot commodity for contenders due to his frame and defensive versatility. Currently the Suns employ Jae Crowder and Cam Johnson as their main power forwards but neither of them has the combination of size and athleticism that Young has.
Due to the rebuilding nature of the Spurs, I think that the Suns could simply match salaries and throw in a second round pick or two and get the deal done.
Saric and Shamet for Thad and Eubanks, Tre Jones or Keita Bates-Diop would all work financially and makes sense for both sides.
The Spurs could use those second round picks for their future while the Suns can actually give Young a real role on a good team.
The next trade I think the Suns could benefit from is acquiring a more defensive minded guard to come off the bench. Cam Payne is a good sixth man but he doesn't provide anything on the defensive end while Landry Shamet doesn't provide anything on either end.
Enter, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope of the Washington Wizards. With Bradley Beal set to be out for the year, the Wizards should be looking to get whatever they can for their veteran players, while the Suns can never have too many three and D wings like KCP.
I think Pope is worth a little bit more than Young so the Suns would probably have to throw in either Jalen Smith (if the Wizards like him) or a first round pick along with Saric's contract in order to pry KCP from the capital.
I think if they did pull this off though that the Suns would finally have another player besides Mikal Bridges who can take on the assignment of guarding those elite small guards like Trae Young and Ja Morant.
Ultimately, the Suns will probably not make any major moves at the deadline but it is always worth exploring your options.