The Phoenix Suns haven’t been shy about their willingness to move up in the 2014 NBA Draft, but general manager Ryan McDonough has also been adamant he won’t make a trade “for the sake of it.” Trading Goran Dragic for the sake of moving into No. 8 pick — that’s just six spots for you non-mathematical savants out there — apparently was asked of Phoenix by the Sacramento Kings, according to ESPN’s Andy Katz.
The target if the Suns had pulled off the one-sided deal: Michigan guard Nik Stauskas.
So this means the Suns probably aren’t one of the three teams that apparently could move into the eighth spot for two picks and a veteran player. If the report is accurate, the Suns probably hung up the phone quite quickly. While Stauskas is arguably a top-10 player, it’s quite likely he sits outside the top-eight, which could include, say, Aaron Gordon. Phoenix could potentially nab Stauskas closer to the 10 or 11 range, and Denver is reportedly taking calls about their No. 11 spot.
Who knows? Stauskas could fall into Phoenix’s lap at 14 with just one or two surprises beforehand.
This may not mean a lot for the Suns, but it does hint toward just how much top-1o picks are valued this year. McDonough has been skeptical about the team’s ability to jump more than a few spots.
The other potential learning point of this supposed trade proposal: the Kings and their new management are off their rockers, which makes sense considering they had some sort of thought about adding Pistons forward Josh Smith to a core of Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins.
There has also been one questionably-legitimate report about the Kings offering Isaiah Thomas and the eighth pick to Phoenix for Eric Bledsoe, which could be true if a more legitimate reporter such as Andy Katz is mentioning an even more lop-sided deal.
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