Suns Notes: Trades, Bagley, Coaching

Deandre Ayton is expected to be the selection for the Suns with the No. 1 pick, but Greg Moore of The Arizona Republic believes there’s a case to be made for the team to select Marvin Bagley III either with the top selection or as a result of trading down.

Moore suggests the team could send the No. 1 pick to Atlanta for the No. 3 and Dennis Schroder if Phoenix wants to get creative. In addition to the top choice, the Suns own the 16th, 31st, and 59th overall selections.

Here’s more from the franchise:

  • Suns GM Ryan McDonough recently compared Bagley to four-time All-Star Shawn Marion, Moore relays in the same piece.“We’ve seen a lot of that in our in-person scouting and on film,” McDonough said. “He’s really bouncy.” 
  • The Suns will add Jason Staudt as an assistant coach, John Gambadoro of Arizona’s 98.7 FM reports (Twitter link). Staudt has previously worked in various roles with the Magic, Blazers, and Rockets.
  • Devin Smith will join the Suns as a player development coach, Gambadoro adds in the same tweet.
  • We learned over the weekend that Phoenix won’t consider including the No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft in any attempts to acquire Kawhi Leonard. The 2016/17 MVP candidate reportedly wants to the Spurs to trade him.
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10 thoughts on “Suns Notes: Trades, Bagley, Coaching

  1. DarkGhost

    Suns aren’t trading the pick to Atlanta , it’s already been confirmed they won’t trade the pick for Kawhi then they defiantly aren’t trading it for no 3 and Schroeder

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    • Z-A

      Kawhi won’t sign an extension. And there are reports that he’s not 100% healthy and the Laker’s haven’t even called the Spurs about making a trade.

      Schroder is locked in 3 years 15M/year. They have a point guard on the team right now making that much, Brandon Knight – basically an unknown what he’ll contribute over the next 2 years, maybe nothing – didn’t even play last year.

      If they made that trade… this may be their way of picking Doncic without as much criticism.

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  2. Anyone comparing Bagley to Marion probably shouldn’t have the authority to trade the 1st overall pick.

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  3. Dionis

    Not a bad idea, Dennis is still young and can run the point which is a position of need for Phoenix. I’d rather have Bagley over Ayton, Bagley seems to have more of an edge to him and is better suited for the current NBA game. He’s going to be able to switch on defense and push the ball up the floor against power forwards and centers. Ayton has surreal potential I just think Bagley’s versatility meshes well with Jackson on both ends.

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  4. hiflew

    He’s really bouncy? This is a grown man that said that? Wow.

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  5. antsmith7

    Trade number one to Memphis for Mike Conley and number 4.

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  6. You must be a Grizzly fan I mean Schroeder & #3 is twice as good a package than Conley & #4. Conley is not a good player reminds me a lot of Lowry.
    If they could be certain that Bagley is at #3 that could be an interesting trade with Atlanta, but you have to be certain, that is the problem for me about trading down, you must be 100% sure your target is there, otherwise I wouldn’t mind pick Bagley with #1, who could criticize that or MPJ at #2… they still are good choices & there is no definite reason why certain players have to be in certain places. I am not much of a fan of trading down, I can see why you would trade up, but down…

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    • padam

      Conley, when healthy, is better than Schroeder. Better defender, better PG, higher basketball IQ. Schroeder has a schoolyard approach.

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  7. greg1

    Conley is not that good? Kind of reminds you of Lowry?

    You mean multiple time All-Star Lowry? You mean Conley, the one PG that everyone says they can’t believe he hasn’t been an All-Star yet?

    Come on man, to say Conley isn’t a good player, or that he isn’t better than Dennis is ridiculous. Why are the rebuilding Hawks so willing to deal a 24 year old PG on a reasonable deal if they believe he’s the future?

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