Apr 12, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic (1) and Dallas Mavericks guard Jose Calderon (8) during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Mavericks defeated the Suns 101-98. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

NBA trade rumors: Kings wanted Suns' Goran Dragic for pick


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.

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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.

Tags: Nba Draft Rumors

  • DBreezy

    I think the most interesting part isn’t that the Suns hung up, but the target which continues an early offseason theme of the team not necessarily been sold on their backcourt pairing long term for whatever reason(probably $$$).

    • Adam

      I agree. I think its clear at this point that the backcourt is at the very least not considered “untouchable”…you could say they are even being shopped.

      Maybe the Suns have decided they are only going to commit to one of them long term..and if that’s the case, then of course they have to try and get something in return. I prefer Dragic, but maybe they are sold on Bledsoe (plus him being a RFA probably makes him harder to trade right now).

      If were trading Goran, I think I would want more back than just the #8 pick. I would take Thomas, Williams and the #8 for Dragic and 18.

      • DBreezy

        Yes change seems to be afoot, just a matter of when.

        • coachj

          i think it is more that other teams really want Dragic and think the Suns backcourt wont work. I think the Suns think it will and I seriously doubt either gets traded.

          • DBreezy

            Traded today? I doubt it seriously, but over the next 1-2 years it seems more and more likely.

      • Alex

        williams sucks. we’d be doing them a favor

  • 4everis2long

    What a move by the Rockets to lose a huge salary and pick up a 1st round pick from the Pelicans.

  • Hawki

    Coro’s latest Mock has the Suns taking Hood at 14 & LaVine at 18…passing up James Young not once, but twice…he has Young going to Chicago at 19.
    ..
    I keep telling Coro to not put so much wine in the Marinara Sauce but old habits die hard.

    • coachj

      Young is going to be sitting in that green room a while from what I have heard…

  • Hawki

    I know the chances of getting LeBron are next to nothing….but I hope it happens if for no other reason than to see the faces of the clowns at ESPN who think the only cities in the NBA are New York, Chicago & Los Angeles.

  • Voqar

    I’d like a million dollars. I can make up crackheaded stuff too, just like the Kings. Dragic for a draft pick…please.