6:32pm: Phoenix is believed to be looking for at least one first-round pick for Plumlee, and agent Mark Bartelstein is working together with the team to find a trade partner, Stein writes in a full story. That’d be quite a high return for a player who’s slipping out of his team’s rotation, but the two first-round draft picks that the Nuggets acquired for Timofey Mozgov appears to have inflated the market for big men.
6:24pm: The Suns are actively shopping Miles Plumlee, a league source tells Marc Stein of ESPN.com (Twitter link). Stein doesn’t provide any indication that Phoenix has found a team interested in acquiring Plumlee, but it’s fair to infer there would be a club who wouldn’t mind acquiring the third-year big man out of Duke who’s making just $3,279,174 combined over this season and the next one.
Plumlee has appeared in each of the Suns’ games this year after playing in all but two last season. He’s put in an impressive 56.2% of the shots he’s taken this year, but his 13.2 PER ranks below the league average. Already 26 years old, Plumlee is not brimming with superstar upside, but he’s definitely capable of providing solid minutes off the bench for a contender in need of a backup big man.
The former 26th overall pick has seen his playing time cut in his last three games, averaging just 7.4 minutes per night over that trio of contests. His seemingly decreased role in Phoenix’s rotation appears to be an ominous sign when juxtaposed with Stein’s report, as the club has given the recently acquired Brandan Wright a greater amount of burn just as Plumlee’s minutes have dipped.