This 2012 off-season will be one that Suns fan will remember for a long time, it’s also an off-season where the Suns made more moves than they’ve made in years. The Suns during this off-season signed 4 new players, traded away arguably the greatest Sun of all-time Steve Nash, traded Robin Lopez and resigned Shannon Brown. Talk about a busy off-season.
With all these moves the Suns have quickly positioned themselves to succeed in the future, after all they do own 6 first round picks within the next 3 years. Are the Suns done making moves though?
A rumor floated around yesterday on ESPN that the Orlando Magic could possibly make a move for Sebastian Telfair; a deal that would make sense for the Suns since he’s their 3rd string point guard. Another rumor came around today that the Utah Jazz were apparently hot after Ryan Anderson before Orlando traded him to the Hornets and attempted to make deal with the Magic that would involve Paul Milsap. The Jazz has great front court depth with Al Jefferson, Enes Kanter, Derrick Favors and Paul Milsap; all of them are quality players.
Utah seemed to be interested in a big to stretch to floor and outside of Ryan Anderson, Channing Frye is the only other guy who would fit that bill. It’d make sense right now for the Suns to deal Frye because at this point he’d probably have to play behind Luis Scola and Markieff Morris at the power forward position. Here’s a look at the Suns team depth chart right now:
Point Guard: Goran Dragic – Kendall Marshall – Sebastian Telfair
Shooting Guard: Jared Dudley – Shannon Brown – Jerome Dyson
Small Forward: Michael Beasley – Wesley Johnson – P.J Tucker
Power Forward: Luis Scola – Markieff Morris – Channing Frye
Center: Marcin Gortat – Jermaine O’Neal
Dyson and Tucker aren’t expected to play too many minutes and Dyson might not even be on the team by the time the season starts. So that leaves Channing Frye and Sebastian Telfair the odd guys out. Both of whom are quality players and I don’t think they’d want to be 3rd string insurance policies in case the first two guys get injured. With Telfair on the last year of his deal and playing limited playing time, trading him would be wise; same goes for Frye but he has a longer deal.
There are still a few free agents out there that the Suns could pursue, guys like Andray Blatche, Terrence Williams, maybe even a couple of guys that were on the Suns summer league roster guys like Charles Garcia and Marcus Landry. It’d be interesting to see what goes on the rest of this off-season, one thing is for sure though; the Suns aren’t finished making moves yet.