The Phoenix Suns continued their predictable offseason on Monday by signing rookie forward Taylor Griffin. The Suns inked their second-round selection in the 2009 NBA Draft (48th overall) to a partially guaranteed one-year deal for $457,588, according to The Arizona Republic.
The 23-year old, 6-foot-7 forward out of Oklahoma averaged 6.2 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 steal in five games for the Summer Suns.
“He fits right in with the kind of people we want in our organization, and he has a chance to develop into a very good player,” Suns GM Steve Kerr said in a release on Suns.com.
Griffin definitely will not come in and crack the rotation, but he figures to stick around for a good chunk of the season with a guarantee that covers most of the year. Although limited offensively, he brings some more youth and athleticism to the Suns’ roster.
When I asked Jared Dudley on Twitter what he thought of Griffin’s game, he answered, “I think he’s pretty good … he works hard and that’s what we need.”
There have been very few surprises for the Suns this offseason. The Shaq trade was expected, the Nash signing seemed imminent from the get-go, Channing Frye certainly wasn’t a shocker, and most everyone believed the Suns would re-sign Grant Hill and keep Amare Stoudemire.
While the Suns’ offseason moves are nowhere near as momentous as those of the Spurs, Mavericks, and Lakers, they continue to put an exciting, competitive team on the floor, while saving money for 2010 and beyond.
If the Suns are not going to be atop the Western Conference anyway, why would they spend $23 million over two years for a guy like Tyson Chandler? As a fan, it is hard to stomach, but sometimes you have to let the good teams win at their peak and make the best of your opportunity when it comes.
Yes, it would be nice to better the roster, but sometimes the future is more important than how a team looks on paper in the present. By signing Griffin, the Suns continue their predictable, inexpensive offseason, but with the Spurs, Lakers, and Mavericks better than ever, it isn’t as bad as it seems.