The Phoenix Suns appear ready to reshape their roster by acquiring Josh Childress and Hedo Turkoglu, according to The Arizona Republic‘s Paul Coro.
Multiple sources have reported that the Childress deal is done. The Suns will send Atlanta a 2012 second-rounder and sign Childress to a contract in the neighborhood of five years, $34 million.
The Suns would then deal Leandro Barbosa to Hedo Turkoglu, who has four years and $44 million left on his deal. The Suns could absorb those contracts thanks to the $12.5 million they have left from Amare Stoudemire’s trade exception.
Turkoglu is represented by Lon Babby, an agent who could be the Suns’ next GM, and Childress was represented by Babby earlier in his career. It’s too early to say if that’s the impetus behind those moves, but if so the hiring would pay off quite early.
This deal would completely reshape how we think about the Suns’ future. Both players would work beautifully with Nash and would keep the Suns among the better teams in the Western Conference, acquisitions made possible only because of the Stoudemire trade exception.
This would leave the Suns with a glut at the wing with Jason Richardson, Childress, Turkoglu, Grant Hill, Jared Dudley and Earl Clark. If the Suns were then able to trade Richardson for a big with a low post game the Suns would have a very deep, balanced and talented squad.
I’ll have more thoughts on this as it becomes official, but this has to be seen as a positive because the Suns as constituted at the beginning of the day today were not contenders. This is certainly a step in the right direction, acquiring two quality players for a guy falling to the outskirts of the rotation with the trade exception.
Without question the Suns have improved with a pair of moves that should set up another fun season.