Suns GM Ryan McDonough recently appeared on KTAR 620 AM in Phoenix to discuss his team's offseason moves, including last weekend's trade that sent Luis Scola to the Pacers (hat tip to Steve Kyler of HoopsWorld). Speaking to Dave Burns and John Gambadoro, McDonough provided a few interesting quotes relating to the Scola deal and the possibility of further trades down the road. Here are some highlights:
On one way the team could take advantage of its stash of future first-round picks:
"When teams have maybe a disgruntled superstar, what are they looking for in return? Well, they're looking for picks, that's what they want. None of those guys are available right now, but as you know, some of the time you don't always see that coming. You look at the Deron Williams situation or something like that, and these things just kind of happen out of the blue. I think we're well-positioned to strike if and when the next disgruntled superstar becomes available."
On whether the Suns have made or received trade calls for Kendall Marshall:
"I'm not going to go into that with specific guys on the roster. I guess generally… I've talked about all of them. All of the guys on the roster have been discussed. I think we as a franchise, you have to consider offers for all of them. Obviously there are varying interest levels and the guys are at varying ages with different contracts, but we have to consider all opportunities. Now that being said, we're really happy with our salary cap position going forward, we're very happy with our draft pick position, and we think we also upgraded the talent on the roster."
"I think we'll be able to get something out of both of them. I was down in Orlando Summer League at the beginning of the month, and Miles Plumlee, playing for the Pacers' Summer League team, looked very good for the second year in a row. He's a good rebounder, he's always been a very good rebounder per minute, even going back to his days at Duke…. I like Miles. His character, rebounding, and athleticism, I think will fit right in here."
"We drafted him with the Celtics in the summer of 2005…. Gerald has always had the athleticism and the scoring ability and the talent. He just needed to mature, which he has. I think going to Russia was a humbling experience for him, and then coming back the hard way in the D-League…. I think both [Plumlee and Green] will play significant roles for us next year."