So the newest, hottest rumor (or maybe I’ll use rumour, like I’m European or a guy who owns a hair salon) in SunsLand is STAT to Miami for, well, pretty much anybody and everybody on the Heat’s roster. And according to Adrian Wojnarowski’s league source (in this article), ”Nobody is pushing harder on this than Riley.” Now, I’m not going to get too much into analyzing this one; Seth at BSOTS does a pretty nice job of that here. But here’s what I will say: all of the talk on this trade is about how much it would benefit the Heat…but I don’t know that I see a whole lot of benefit for the Suns. Well, let me amend that. If the trade is for, say, Jermaine O’Neal’s Expiring Contract and the Suns push JRich into the deal, then it will benefit Sarver. But not the Suns. Can you say Salary Dump?
The Heat have some interesting young players, to be sure. But Dorell Wright? Please. Not only are his per-game stats a big pile of nothing, his rate stats show him to be, at best, a league-average player. Michael Beasley? Now Beasley I like. But I just don’t know. I think he could be amazing. But…something tells me that there would be some lack of coherence between him and Nash. I’m not one of those who wants to hate on B-Easy for his “issues.” But I don’t know.
Bottom line, the best the Suns could do in this deal is cap relief. They’re not going to get a talent upgrade (like they would with the Iggy-Speights combo discussed yesterday), and do they really want to trade another one of their top players to Miami for a broken-down guy named O’Neal? I mean, hey, maybe the Suns’ famed training staff could get J.O’Neal back to a high level. But the Suns are playing so well right now that Jermaine certainly is not an appropriate add to this crew.
So yeah…if you ask me, it’s Philly or nothing.