We are less than 24 hours until the NBA trade deadline! It’s a day that, in the past, we have counted down to, wondering what moves Suns’ brass has in store for us. This year? Well, we don’t know exactly how the Suns will be operating, given their limited assets.
What we do know is that the trade deadline can come at you fast and furious, and if you’re not living on your phone, you might miss something. Information and moves (potentially) could be flying around like stealth bombers over the Super Bowl in Vegas. Quiet. Deadly. Unexpected. Majestic?
Therefore we’re putting everything related to what the Phoenix Suns do in one spot for you, updating as we go along. Will there be numerous moves? Will the Suns remain quiet? We’ll know in a matter of hours.
Continue to come back to Bright Side to see what the Suns have done and a brief synopsis of how it affects the roster. Any moves will be dissected in due time
But until then. This is your one-stop shop for the Suns trade deadline moves!
1:00pm: Deadline is done
That’s all she wrote, folks. The Suns stay with Nassir Little, move off of four contracts, brought in Royce O’Neale and David Roddy, and have two open roster spots for buy out guys.
12:02pm: Shams confirms that Yuta, Goodwin, KBD, and Metu are in the outgoing deal
Phoenix says goodbye to four players, and the debate will begin on how impactful they were. It’s definitely something we’ll be diving into here at Bright Side.
Reunion: Memphis is expected to acquire Yuta Watanabe from Suns as part of this three-team trade, sources said. Suns are sending out three other minimum salaries -- Keita Bates-Diop, Jordan Goodwin, Chimezie Metu -- too. https://t.co/6HHIBOUAHV— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 8, 2024
11:35am: The Suns send out four players
Per Gambo, the Suns are sending out Chimezie Metu, Jordan Goodwin, Yuta Watanabe, and Keita Bates-Diop as a part of the deal. This assists in clearing the room to add players via the buy-out market as well as stacks salaries to make the deal happen.
Suns are sending out Metu, Goodwin, Yuta, KBD— John Gambadoro (@Gambo987) February 8, 2024
11:18am: The Suns aren’t done!
The Memphis Grizzlies have entered the chat and the Suns use a pick swap as a part of a three-way deal to acquire David Roddy. Roddy, a 6’4” power forward, is averaging 8.4 points and 4.2 rebounds in 23.2 minutes this season.
Memphis is sending David Roddy to the Suns for a pick swap as part of a three-way with Phoenix and Brooklyn, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Suns pick up O'Neale and Roddy for their postseason rotation.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 8, 2024
More specifics need to be fine-tuned around this trade as the money, at least to me at this moment, does not add up. Roddy makes $2.7 million and has a club option next year, whereas Royce O’Neale is making $9.5 million.
No specifics yet on who the Suns sent out, but Shams says the Suns have opened up two roster slots.
Phoenix now has two roster spots open to pursue additions on the buyout market.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 8, 2024
11:13am: Suns acquire Royce O’Neale
We have lift-off!
The Suns have been linked to O’Neale for about a week now, and they finally made their move. Yes, Phoenix added the three-and-D wing for some second rounders.
10:57am: The Pistons waive Joe Harris
Well, that is interesting. Detroit is making plenty of moves, and I’m not sure if any are making them stronger. The Pistons waive Joe Harris, a career 43.6% three-point shooter.
Before you get excited at the prospect of adding the sharpshooter, you need to be reminded that, due to the Suns being a second apron team, they cannot sign anyone who was been waived who was making more than the league average of $12.2 million.
Harris, who will be an unrestricted free agent after this season, was making $19.9 million.
9:39am: I’m bored. It’s quiet.
A little too quiet, perhaps? The Knicks are out there fleecing the Pistons. The 76ers are getting stronger. The Suns won’t have to face Kelly Olynyk tonight because he just got shopped to the Raptors.
And the Suns are...quiet.
7:47am: Miles Bridges will remain in Charlotte
We have spent the past two weeks pondering whether or not the Phoenix Suns would acquire Miles Bridges as his name has been connected to the organization as a potential trade target. Bridges has responded by having back-to-back 40-point games for the Hornets.
All rumors were put to rest as ESPN’s Brian Windhorst told us that he will remain with the Hornets for the remainder of the season, taking his chances as an unrestricted free agent when the off-season commences. The Hornets hold his Bird Rights, which means they can pay him more than any other organization could next season.
We can put that one to rest.
Miles Bridges has decided he won’t approve any trades and he will remain with the Charlotte Hornets the rest of the season, agent Rich Paul tells ESPN.— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) February 8, 2024
Bridges will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and the Hornets will retain his Bird Rights.
We will continue to provide updates throughout the day as trades that affect the Suns occur or rumored players that they’ve been connected to come off the board.