By now, it’s pretty obvious that the Phoenix Suns are willing to trade any of their first round picks. The 14th and 18th selections could be part of a blockbuster deal or give Phoenix the ability to move up in the lottery in the 2014 NBA Draft, but that leaves the 27th overall choice standing on its own.
What’s its value? To the Suns, perhaps not much — at least not this season.
Rather than add a rookie salary to the books despite having few minutes to doll out, the Suns could trade the 27th selection. Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated is hearing whispers that Phoenix is looking to trade the 27th pick for a future first-round pick, an option that Ryan McDonough was open about following the season.
Even if the Suns turn their first two choices into a single draft pick, it’s likely there won’t be room on the roster for a player drafted at the end of the first round. Alex Len and Archie Goodwin figure to assume similar roles to last season, or bigger ones. Assuming Phoenix keeps even one of Eric Bledsoe, P.J. Tucker and Channing Frye — all of their futures are in flux this summer to varying degrees — playing time for any rookie will be scarce.
Of course, everything is fluid.
Aside from one star-studded day on Monday, a week of draftee workouts has largely given the Suns a peek at players projected to be picked in the second round and late first round.
A draft-and-stash prospect might be an option, as Mannix notes. Or if a player McDonough and his team perceives to have lottery talent falls, there is the option the Suns could come away with a steal.