The Phoenix Suns have worked out a wide range of players, but they’ve yet to dabble much with lottery talents. Michigan State guard Gary Harris was perhaps the one sure-fire projected lottery pick that’s visited Phoenix, but soon enough he’ll be joined in that category by Michigan Wolverines guard Nik Stauskas.
Stauskas is currently projected by Draft Express to go ninth overall to the Charlotte Hornets. His visit to Phoenix will not only be significant because he is one of few lottery picks who will bother visiting — it also could tip his agent’s hand at where Staukas wants to land.
Stauskas working out for only 4 teams: Hornets, Celtics, Lakers and Suns. This was his 1st workout.
— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) June 11, 2014
The Michigan guard is only visiting Los Angeles (6th pick), Boston (7th pick), Charlotte (9th pick) and Phoenix (14th pick). He’ll skip the Sacramento Kings and their eighth pick, as they are rumored to be open to moving their first-round pick.
So take Stauskas’ workout selectiveness in one of a few ways.
Either the Suns could be interested in moving up to the eighth spot or the guard’s agent is worried Stauskas could slip to 14th. With so many talented forwards and wings in the 2014 NBA Draft, it’s possible Phoenix could nab Stauskas just by hanging tight. Even if wings such as James Young, Rodney Hood and others are available, the Suns might still have a chance to fill in the perimeter with their 18th pick. The Michigan guard might easily be their best option if he’s still on the board.
Stauskas being limited in his draft workouts despite being a late-lottery pick says a bit about the talent in the draft. He’s trying to control where he lands and though his agent might have a strategy in mind that we can’t see on the surface, it wouldn’t be surprising if the Suns wanted Stauskas.