In their nearly 50 years as a franchise in the National Basketball Association, the Phoenix Suns have participated in a wide variety of trades (approximately 110 as of the 2016-17 season).
These trades have ranged from the small and innocuous – like a 1969 deal when Phoenix acquired a third-round pick for the rights to Eugene Tormohlen; the large and complex – like the four-way 15 player deal that was for a time the largest trade in NBA history; to the franchise altering – like in 1993 when the Suns traded Jeff Hornacek, Tim Perry, and Andrew Lang for Charles Barkley.
Most often completed trades have been transactions that have adjusted the roster here or there. Moves whose purpose has been to acquire draft picks, the rights to picks, or have been to clear salary to either make way for an extension or room for free agents.
On occasion, however, a trade has gone well – really well – for the Phoenix Suns and they have either made out like bandits, or luck smiled upon them when either the player(s) acquired far exceeded expectations or the player(s) traded suddenly collapsed into obscurity.
This is a list of those trades. This is a list of the best of the best.