Suns trade rumors: Jordan Hill is a man of interest

Pau Gasol and Zach Randolph seem far from realistic acquisitions for the Phoenix Suns because of two different reasons, but Ryan McDonough and crew seem set on exploring trades to upgrade the frontcourt.

According to multiple reports, the Suns have interest in Los Angeles Lakers forward Jordan Hill. If they’re truly serious, they’ll have to fend off the Dallas Mavericks and Brooklyn Nets, the latter of whom have been pushing hard for the big man’s services.

Update (3 p.m. MST): Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports the Suns and Lakers are no longer talking about Hill, and it appears the Cleveland Cavaliers have emerged as suitors that will challenege the Nets, according to ESPN.

To trade for Hill, the Nets will obviously have to take on a huge tax bill considering they’re far past the luxury tax threshold already, but it seems deep-pocketed owner Mikhail Prokhorov has no worries about how much money is needed.

Sporting News’ Sean Deveney reports that a deal between Brooklyn and Los Angeles is moving along quite well, so the Suns would have to act fast. Either way, it’s clear they’re not standing pat despite any more significant trade options might have become less realistic.

David Aldridge reports that the hot rumor regarding Pau Gasol is quickly “dying on the vine” but Phoenix remains active in looking for help elsewhere.

While the Lakers probably are seeking financial benefits from such a deal, any team wanting Hill could get him at a reasonable price. That said, the Suns, as you might have guessed, have options in terms of assets.

Hill is on an expiring contract worth $3.5 million this season, and the Suns likely have the most flexibility to acquire him. They’re both under the salary cap and could theoretically remain under the cap by taking on Hill’s contract without trading away any current player.

A trade of, say, Marcus Morris and Slava Kravtsov would work financially, but Los Angeles could also be eyeing picks. Phoenix would then have to ask itself what’s worth breaking up the core of the bench unit, or the value of its picks — late first-rounders are probably pushing it.

The Suns obviously could use Hill, who is an elite offensive rebounder and a more battle-tested defender than second-year center Miles Plumlee. Hill, who is 6-foot-10 and 235 pounds, brings more size than the other rumored option, Brandon Bass.

  • sunsn7

    Smovas – a descendant of the late, great Bucky heh heh

  • Smovich

    Ahh, Bucky. Not sure who is a more annoying…xcascadex or him. You kind of had the whole Bucky thing going earlier this year with the complaining about Suns not tanking. You were quite the Debbie Downer. It’s nice to see you come around. Even though you almost jinxed it tonight.

  • sunsn7

    Hey Slobodan? PJ Tucker had 10 pts 11 reb 6 ast 3 stls..

    Without him on this squad….

  • Smovich

    Slobo really only dislikes Frye on this team. I’ve never heard him talk poorly about Tucker.

  • EBJM

    Now that was funny Smovas!

  • sunsn7

    Lol well tell him too

  • Smovich

    Maybe you think Slobodan is me? It’s actually EBJM. If you can read Slovenian and know that he was trying to get to Slovenia and meet up with Rude, whose real name is Miran, you’d understand.

  • Smovich

    Hopefully you’ll stick around, EBJM…under any name.

  • EBJM

    I LOVE Tucker! In fact, I think he is a poverty-stricken man’s Charles Barkley!

    I think Hornacek should go with Bledsoe, Dragic Green, Tucker and Markieff as the Starters.

    Bring Plumlee, Frye, Marcus, Barbosa and Smith off the bench as the new Killer Bench Unit.

  • sunsn7

    I thumb you down!

  • EBJM

    I’ve been EBJM for so long and most of you know my writing style so it doesn’t work changing names.

  • sunsn7

    (Summons Bucky & xXcascadeXx)

  • EBJM

    Elaborate Suns7, I missed your point, PLEASE.

  • Smovich

    Xcascadex is over at bright side.

    Miran, just a warning. My wife and I are planning a trip to Italy. If we make it, I’m renting a vw and driving to Slovenia to meet you.

  • sunsn7

    Good to see AZC regulars drop in..VOTS just needs to add the avatars and thumbs up/down system, this site will take off.

    Advice is free. Utilize it ;)

  • sunsn7

    EBJM on the bottle wanting to have his nightly dick measuring contest lol.

    You’ll hear more articulate takes from me come the postseason heh heh.


  • EBJM

    Smovich, then I can meet you in Venice!

  • EBJM

    But seriously, I don’t drink. I’ll have an occasional drink ONLY if I’m out with friends.

    I’m a stone-sober asshole, no drinks needed!

  • EBJM

    Hello? Crickets chirping……

  • Smovich

    My trip will probably be in a year or two. Will you still be out there? I seriously need to meet you at some point.

  • Scott

    I’m not sure the Suns would be looking for Hill themselves. They’re probably trying to assist on a multi-team deal, hoping to squeeze out a pick or another young talent.

  • Suns Fan in Portland

    Slovenia is beautiful, and the friendliest nicest people anywhere I’ve ever been…

  • KeZ

    Why do we want Loul Deng? He sucks monkey ass! I´ll take P.J all day over him…

  • Oz

    Do not ever trade for a player who is more concerned about how his hair style looks than the other players. Most players with long hair suck!

  • Oz

    I wouldn’t trade any of the Suns players right now, they play with heart and seem like they all have each others back.

  • Porto Suns

    Boston is offering Rondo. Get Rondo and send him to Min. Min gets a young all star, send Rubio and Okafor to Boston and Frye to Min. We get Love and some extra guy from Boston. Throw in some picks and it might work.

  • http://.... Jeff

    trade a second rounder for jimmer

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