This summer was disappointing for many Phoenix Suns fans, but in 2019 the Suns could bring in a star. These are some players to keep an eye on.
The Suns signing of Trevor Ariza certainly won’t make anyone’s list of top free agency signings. But this could be the last summer the team will have to settle for a one year overpay.
Next offseason, the Suns will have the cap space and potentially the draw to hand out a max contract to a top free agent option. And it’s perfect timing to have that kind of cap room, with a long list of NBA All-Stars potentially hitting the market.
Bleacher Report compiled a list of the top ten potential free agents next summer, and here’s what they came up with:
- Kevin Durant
- Kawhi Leonard
- Karl-Anthony Towns
- Kyrie Irving
- Kristaps Porzingis
- Klay Thompson
- Jimmy Butler
- Kemba Walker
- Khris Middleton
- Al Horford
So which of these guys are realistic targets for the Suns, and who should they have the most interest in?
Durant would be a great fit on pretty much any team, but it’s hard to envision him coming to Phoenix. He’d immediately make the Suns a top three team in the West, but staying in Golden State or going to Boston or Philadelphia would all put him in a situation where he’d be a big time favorite to make the NBA Finals. That wouldn’t be the case with a young Suns team.
Al Horford would be an optimal fit at power forward for the Suns, but he’s 32 and isn’t good enough to make the Suns contenders on his own. They should focus more on players in their 20’s.