5-on-5: Analyzing the Suns’ 2014 free agency so far

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Apr 2, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Channing Frye (8) is defended by Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) during the third quarter at US Airways Center. The Clippers won 112-108. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

Apr 2, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Channing Frye (8) is defended by Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) during the third quarter at US Airways Center. The Clippers won 112-108. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports


We rounded up the Valley of the Suns crew to hit on what the Phoenix Suns have done during this free agency period. And yes, we have mixed feelings about the Isaiah Thomas sign-and-trade.

Fill in the blank: The Suns’ sign-and-trade deal for Isaiah Thomas was ____. Why?

Ryan Weisert: Fiscally prudent. Thomas is a great asset at a great price. He provides depth at a vital position, especially with the very real possibility that Eric Bledsoe will not be a Sun next season. He should have a real role on this team, and I only see his value going up as a trade asset while he wears a Phoenix uniform.

Dave Dulberg: Head-scratching. There’s plenty to like about Thomas from an offensive perspective but more so as an Eddie House-type sixth man. But the somewhat pricey acquisition of the 5-foot-9 point guard comes with more question marks than answers. Is the Eric Bledsoe-Goran Dragic backcourt over as we know it? Is Ryan McDonough up to something? Are the Suns at all concerned about thwarting the development of Archie Goodwin and Tyler Ennis? Needless to say, there’s confusion in Phoenix that didn’t exist 48 hours ago.

Eric Saar: Genius. Despite Phoenix having a crowded backcourt, the acquisition of Thomas was genius. Phoenix was able to get a quality point guard for decent money and didn’t have to give up anything substantial. The Suns now easily have the best, fastest and best defensive guard lineup in the league. Even though it’s a lot of money to pay to a backup, it seems as this trade was more about roster depth and talent acquisition.

Scott Chasen: Adding Isaiah Thomas for less than $7 million a year is an absolute steal, especially considering that the only player the Suns had to give up was Alex Oriakhi. This trade is intriguing because it allows the Suns the flexibility to move Bledsoe or Dragic as part of a package for Kevin Love or another star, but the trade could also be for the sole purpose of adding Thomas to sure up the Suns’ backcourt.

Jeff Sanders: Interesting. The Suns have the power to do anything they want, even more so than before. I say that because now McDonough could include Dragic or Bledsoe in a package for Kevin Love without having much of a drop off at the guard spot. I am not sure if that is the Suns next move, but I fell there is another moving coming that relates to the Thomas signing.

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  • Horny’s Harem

    We may trade for Love but Dragic and Bled will not be involved. Trade for IT2 was a complete steal. Good luck teams trying to keep up with us. 5SOL, anyone? Now just keep acquiring good players who are good teammates as well and don’t sign overpriced guys such as Deng, Ariza, Stephenson, Gasol, and we’ll be all right.

    • 4everis2long

      Ariza has a deal with Houston and Gasol with the Bulls. I definitely agree we do not need Deng or Stephenson.

      • DBreezy

        Marc Stein reporting that Suns are trying to work their way into Deng talks this evening. I suspect it has to do with his apparent willingness to take a 2 year deal.

    • DBreezy

      Good luck trying to get a seat at the Kevin Love table without putting Dragic or Bled in the deal. Minny is holding out for Klay Thompson or Andrew Wiggins, so it’s unreasonable to think that anything other than Bled or Goran has a chance of piquing their interest.

  • AZJohn

    At this point I trust McDonough but I really hope we don’t lose Dragic or Archie Goodwin.
    I’ve been following his league for a long time IMO Goodwin will be a star and Goran is one already.
    Bledsoe is good ;he reminds me of S. Marbury. Strong to the rim , but a little loose with his ball control . I don’t think he’s worth a huge Max contract though.
    I will also add that I , for one, appreciate the job that Ish Smith did for Suns last season. I hope he gets a job somehere

  • Voqar

    I’m a bit concerned since the suns haven’t accomplished much thus far. Bummer to see Frye go even if he’s woefully inconsistent but grats to him on winning the overpayed player lotto. I’m not impressed with the IT signing – it’s not a position we needed help at unless we’re losing one of our studs.

    I hope there’s more to come because thus far…what free agency so far? Adding a backup PG on a team loaded with guards is “eh”

    I like Goodwin too and would like to see him get to play more which seems unlikely at this point.

    I know the Suns need to upgrade SOMEWHERE but Ish did a great job last season and looks like there’s no room for him now.