The Suns are still working on the rebuilding process and GM Ryan McDonough knows that Phoenix will need a star player to take them all the way. The club's stockpile of first round picks, he explained in a radio interview recently, can help make that happen.
"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," said the GM
Here's more out of Phoenix…
- Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic (via Twitter) points out that the Suns have an option to waive and stretch the contract of troubled forward Michael Beasley. In that event, the Suns would pay Beasley $9MM over five years rather than two, allowing them to stretch out the cap hit.
- Meanwhile, it's unlikely that the Suns will be able to terminate Beasley's deal thanks to his arrest as it falls under the CBA (Twitter links).
- After a disappointing year in Phoenix that brought sweeping changes, McDonough says that he just hopes to see the team play hard and cohesively as a unit, writes Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld. The 2013/14 season under new coach Jeff Hornacek will be measured more on that than wins and losses, according to the GM.
- Dan Bickley of AZCentral.com asks if Beasley could be the most pathetic player in franchise history. In Bickley's opinion, the Suns can't afford to have him anywhere near this club during their transitional phase.