He will be cheap
Speaking of cost, he will be extremely cheap. Aside from his monstrous Atlanta Hawks salary, Carmelo is only making the veteran’s minimum of $2.4 million this season, which pro-rated will only be about $2.0 million the rest of the way.
This is very cheap for a player that can come in and easily become the team’s second leading scorer if given the shots – and chances are, he’ll take them.
They too won’t have to give anything up to acquire him other than cash. If the Suns were to attempt to trade for a power forward that can average 15p and 5r a game (obviously nothing special, but for the Suns – as mentioned before – an upgrade) it would cost a pick or two, if not a player somewhere else from near the bottom of the bench.
To be able to grab a player of his caliber though, even if it is a short-term acquisition without any hint of long-term viability, it would still cost more to make such a mover rather than swipe one up off of waivers.