Feb 18, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Rodney Hood (5) shoots over Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets forward Quinton Stephens (12) in the second half at Hank McCamish Pavilion. Duke won 68-51. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft rumors: Suns have options to move up lottery order

Which mid-lottery players the Suns might covet has been kept a secret. Word of Nik Stauskas visiting with Phoenix wasn’t followed with a public workout, but that’s been about all the noise.

If the Suns don’t think a player they like might fall to them, they will have options to choose from in terms of moving up the draft. While general manager Ryan McDonough was skeptical about the team’s ability to jump into the top-10, ESPN’s Chad Ford said in a Wednesday draft chat that the Suns did discuss trading into the No. 8 spot.

The Sacramento Kings reportedly have three trade options in place. While the teams on the other end aren’t known, ESPN’s Andy Katz reported the Kings are asking for multiple draft picks and one veteran in return for the pick. Phoenix has all of that, but it might be too much going the other way to pull the trigger. That said, based on speculation of order, it wouldn’t be surprising for all of Aaron Gordon, Doug McDermott Payton and Stauskas to be available there. Perhaps the Suns will be tempted.

The Denver Nuggets are also reportedly shopping the No. 11 pick, reports Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski. Any of the wings Phoenix worked out, plus Payton and LaVine, could be options there.

Suns remain high on Rodney Hood?

Rumors before Draft-Day Eve put Rodney Hood and James Young in contention to be selected with one of the Phoenix Suns’ first-round draft picks. That hasn’t been silenced, and the Charlotte Observer’s Rick Bonnell reports that Hood visited the Suns a second time.

Hood initially took part in the Phoenix workout that had all the big names, where he was joined by Young, Zach LaVine, Gary Harris, Clint Capela and Johnny O’Bryant. Ford said in his draft chat that he’s hearing that Phoenix is targeting Hood, LaVine, T.J. Warren and Elfrid Payton with the 14th and 18th picks.

  • Adam

    I think moving up makes the most sense if you are targeting what you really won’t be able to get at #14….a PF. If the Suns are looking at Randle, Gordon, Vonleh…then you will have to move up to even have a chance at one of them.

    If you are targeting a wing or PG…I think there are enough options to stay at #14 and #18 and get what you need.

    • http://www.valleyofthesuns.com Kevin Zimmerman

      I agree. I think a very good player could fall to 14 (or in Elfrid’s case, if the Suns really do like him that much, it wouldn’t really be falling at all). Kings are asking a lot for another squad to move up. Suns might not need to.

  • DBreezy

    If the Suns are looking at #8, it seems likely that Green is on the table in the deal. I don’t see the Suns moving Goran for the 8th in a deal and with Frye opting out I doubt they’re in a hurry to move Kieff. It would probably take a blockbuster for them to move last year’s first rounders, so what else of value could be interesting to the Kings besides Green? They want some more vets and they were a poor outside shooting squad last season? If the right PF (not Gordon) is there at 8, that’s probably a deal I could live with as long as the Suns keep one of their other picks to nab an additional wing.

    • 4everis2long

      DB I definitely agree on not taking Gordon if the Suns secure the #8 pick. I do not know if I can sleep tonight with USA playing Germany in the am and the draft at 4pm. Yeah I agree Green would likely be included in a deal to get #8 and I would have no problem with that if we can get Randle or Vonleh. However I am not crazy about moving up just to get a wing unless they are really high on someone. I have heard McDermot has looked really good in workouts as has Payton.

      • DBreezy


        Practically speaking with Frye opting out, I’m sure McDermott has become more interesting to McD, especially since as a senior he may be ready to contribute something next season. I’m sure they’re mulling a lot of things as the Mavs

        • 4everis2long

          If the something big is Monroe or LBJ, I am ok with that. However absent those circumstances I prefer the steady rebuild with making the playoffs next season which will give us credibility next summer with the free agents.