The Suns made a big splash over the weekend, dealing away their top scorer and giving up on the Hedo Turkoglu experiment. Opinions about the trade that sent Jason Richardson, Turkoglu and Earl Clark to the Magic haven’t been unanimous, but everyone, of course, has an opinion to share. So as the Suns await the arrival of Vince Carter, Marcin Gortat and Mickael Pietrus, here’s a look at what people are saying across the Internet about the blockbuster trade…
- In The Arizona Republic, Paul Coro has reactions from a few Suns players about how their new teammates will fit on Planet Orange plus some thoughts from Steve Nash on the potential for him to be traded from Phoenix as well.
- Kevin Baumer at Business Insider thinks the Suns-Magic deal may have knocked the Suns out of playoff contention and into rebuilding mode, but also says the Suns “would be foolish to trade” Nash: “The Suns would be dumb not to listen to offers for Nash, but unless they’re blown away, dealing Nash is the wrong move. He is beloved by Suns’ fans and since they’ve just seen the team make a move clearly based on money and not winning, Phoenix would risk infuriating many of its fans by trading Nash.”
- Rob Mahoney writes on the New York Times blog “Off the Dribble” that the Suns will be best served embracing Gortat and giving him significant minutes: “Adding Gortat makes sense on just about every level. He hedges several of the Suns’ weaknesses on his own and provides depth at a position in which the team is a bit shallow.”
- The Suns’ trade seems to have sparked more discussion about whether or not Nash will be traded next and on CBS Sports, Royce Young suggests that an exit from Phoenix would likely come on Nash’s terms if it happens at all: “At 36, he’s probably not thrilled about the prospect of playing point guard on a rebuilding team. He is the draw for the Suns and any time you have Nash, you’re not that far off from being good. But if he wants a change or isn’t on board with the direction, it might not matter what Sarver says or thinks. Nash will almost surely get his way.
- On the TrueHoop Network mothership blog, Eddy Rivera of MagicBasketball.net shares his concerns about the trade from Orlando’s standpoint: “Van Gundy has a lot of work to do to assimilate Arenas, Turkoglu, and Richardson into Orlando’s schemes collectively. Then there’s the issue of figuring out whether or not the Magic sacrificed too much defense with these trades. The next couple of months should be real interesting.”
- Rivera also took a look at Turkoglu and Richardson on MagicBasketball.net: “Richardson was excellent in the postseason and even though he returned to earth against the Los Angeles Lakers, it’s instances like his game-tying three-pointer in Game 5 with 3.5 seconds left, before Ron Artest made a game-winning shot for the Lakers, that show he shines when the lights are at their brightest.”
- On FoxSportsArizona.com, Brad Steinke writes that he loves the trade and says he had a feeling something was going on last week while he interviewed Suns GM Lance Blanks for an upcoming show: “During our chat, I had the sense something was up with the Suns/Blanks. He was constantly checking his cell phone, texting feverishly and seeming a bit distracted. Now it all makes sense — he was full on in swashbuckling trade mode. I have no doubt he was in the middle of making this mega-move take place.”
- Cory Williams of SB Nation Arizona may not have turned his calendar since 2006 because he’s calling Vince Carter “Half man, half amazing.” He gives the trade an enthusiastic “boo-yah!” and says Vinsanity is coming to Phoenix: “Steve Nash is going to push Vince Carter to be great again. Carter’s still relatively young (at 33, he has several years of productive basketball left) and has never won anything in his entire career. Can Nash and Carter bring back the funk to Phoenix?”
- Arizona Republic columnist Dan Bickley says the Suns finally cut their losses in the Turkoglu experiment and take steps to prepare for the future: “It’s an unspoken concession that the team should’ve swallowed hard after losing Stoudemire, stockpiling salary cap space for the future. It allows former agent Lon Babby to cut his losses with Turkoglu, an obvious mistake that threatened the credibility of the team’s new architect. It will give the Suns more financial flexibility coming out of an impending lockout.”