Regardless of all the potential benefits of trading for Fultz, he is a huge risk and the Phoenix Suns should think carefully before making an offer. With that in mind, this is likely the lowest his trade value will ever be, and the Suns are in no position to play it safe.
While no fan wants to look forward to the NBA draft before the first full month of basketball is over, the team is already in that spot. Trading for Fultz and giving him a year to rehab, develop, and learn the responsibilities of running a team could benefit the development of the young players and Kokoskov’s system.
Even if he impresses, Fultz likely won’t win Phoenix enough games to worsen their draft position substantially. Fultz, Booker, Jackson/Bridges, Ayton, and a top 5 pick who can slide into the power forward position could set the team up perfectly for the future. Adding a player like Zion Williamson, Nassir Little, or Cam Reddish to that core would fully round out the roster. It’s time for the Phoenix Suns to take a risk, and Markelle Fultz may be the right one.