Ladies and gentleman of Planet Orange, welcome to draft week 2009.
By the end of this work week, the Phoenix Suns may be a completely different team, or they may just have a couple extra bodies to fight for playing time off the bench.
Steve Nash won’t be traded this week and likely won’t ever be traded the way Steve Kerr has made Nash a priority to the extent he flew across the country real quick last week just to keep his point guard abreast of the current situation (that’s why God created Skype, right?)
A Shaquille O’Neal trade won’t necessarily have to be made this week, as it’s doubtful the Suns would get any picks anyway in such a deal. However, the Suns might like to know how much a priority it should be to get a big out of the draft.
Suns exec David Griffin has gone on the record saying Phoenix will take the best player available regardless of position, but selecting a young big will be that much more urgent if there’s no Shaqtus to take up space down low.
Out of Phoenix’s Big Three possibly on the block, Amare Stoudemire’s future should be most affected by what does or does not go down this week.
Kind of like how we knew Anquan Boldin wouldn’t be traded once the first round of the NFL Draft passed, an Amare deal would be that much more difficult to complete without draft picks to throw around.
I still maintain my stance that the Suns should not and will not trade Amare because I just don’t see any way that that right deal is there, but many of the potential STAT deals we’ve talked about on this site have involved a high lottery pick.
It would be a good deal tougher for the Suns to get close to commensurate value for Amare without adding huge long-term salaries that they’re not going to add after the relatively cheap, potentially high-end talent that the draft presents ceases to be an option in such a trade.
We all saw how Boston went from being a franchise dreaming of Oden or Durant to an organization that dealt a lottery pick for Ray Allen and finally to a championship contender with the addition of KG two short drafts ago.
This is the time of year when you can trade a high-priced veteran for the promise of a high draft pick, just in case the Suns want to go that route with Amare.
Judging by the way that absolutely ridiculous Amare-Jefferson rumor caught fire last week, we’ll be sure to hear a ton of stupid rumors, most of which probably don’t even contain a whiff of truth. (Not that they aren’t fun to talk about just the same.)
If I had to guess, there will be a lot of smoke but no fire around the Suns this week. I see them looking into a number of possibilities and then ultimately standing pat and selecting a player who should make them better next year with their core intact.
As for the rest of the offseason, come on, we all know they’re going to trade somebody.
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