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.