Entice (at least) One Star through Free Agency
Step Four is easily the most difficult step: SIGN A STAR FREE AGENT AND FILL OUT THE ROSTER INTELLIGENTLY.
Free agency is probably the last stage of the building of a superteam in Phoenix, and yet can be the most important aspect of the build as well.
If Robert Sarver keeps his players happy, then he won’t be forced to make rushed trades.
If he doesn’t have to make any rushed trades, then management will have a decided advantage that they haven’t had in a long time in that they won’t be making as many poor trades (even a broken clock is correct twice a day).
If he doesn’t make any rushed and bad trades, then the Suns will more easily be able to build a solid roster that will be enticing to free agents to join.
If the roster is enticing to free agents (and through solid drafting Phoenix has the cap space to actually sign good free agents), then any aspects of the roster that need filling in can be, by eager and willing players who want to not only come to a winner, but be a part of the final pieces necessary to build Devin Booker’s dream superteam.
As many exciting names as there might be available in free agency this summer, who knows who those players might actually get to unrestricted free agency.
And if Phoenix is ready to go after a solid free agent or two this offseason, who is going to listen? Will players like Kemba Walker, Kevin Durant, or Kristaps Porzingis even look at a max contract if offered?
If not this offseason, then will sufficient enough growth occur this coming year to entice free agents next offseason?
In the end, if the Suns are going to be a true superteam, they will have to sign at least one star free agent, the likes of which the franchise hasn’t seen since Steve Nash – and even then, when Nash said in his introductory press conference that he believed Phoenix was a playoff team, most fans and media alike brushed those comments off as press conference fodder and not founded in any sort of tangible reality.
Fortunately, if Phoenix is unable to sign a star free agent for any reason, there is still a chance that they can build a superteam. However, they then will really have had to have nailed the draft and stolen a good-to-great player in trade as well.