Phoenix Suns 2018 offseason plans Part 3: Free Agency

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MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 30: Jabari Parker #12 of the Milwaukee Bucks shoots a three pointer during the third quarter against the Phoenix Suns during the third quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at BMO Harris Bradley Center on March 30, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images) /
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Point Guard

With Brandon Knight coming back, the Suns have a potential starting point guard waiting to fill that gaping hole without having to give anything up. They have options for backup point guard on the roster already as well with Tyler Ulis and Shaquille Harrison, plus options in the draft with Luka Doncic, Trey Young, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and Collin Sexton. Therefore adding depth in FA is unlikely and very possibly will not be a focus at all as McDonough looks to improve other positions.

Shooting Guard

Phoenix is obviously set at the starting shooting guard spot with Devin Booker, and unless he is moved, at backup with Troy Daniels as well. I think that is a very good combination and likely means that McDonough will focus his free agency money on other areas. Should Daniels be traded then there is a chance that a cheap free agent will be acquired to help fill out depth on the bench, but I couldn’t imagine anything major.

Small Forward

It is unlikely that McDonough focuses free agency money on small forward since he already has two very good ones in T.J. Warren and Josh Jackson. Then, the greatest chance for upgrading the position is through trade and the potential acquisition of Kawhi Leonard, leaving very little chance of spending much money here as well.

Power Forward

This is the first spot that Phoenix might spend some money to improve since there are three very good, young power forwards in restricted free agency that might be had if enough is thrown at them. This of course then pushes both Marquese Chriss and Dragan Bender to the bench, however there is a chance that at least one of them is traded at some point this offseason as it is so improving the power forward position through free agency is an absolute possibility.

Next: Phoenix Suns 2018 Offeseason Plans Part 2: Trades

Center

Center is of course the other position that might need to be addressed in free agency, although not quite to the degree that power forward may. Not only might the Suns re-sign Alex Len, but there is the possibility that of all the bigger named restricted free agents, that Clint Capela might be the most available. DeMarcus Cousins, Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel, and Jusuf Nurkic are all also possibilities, although each at a much lesser degree of possibility than Capela.