It’s that time of season as the trade deadline is quickly approaching. The Phoenix Suns may not make a big deal but they should shop a few players, including Troy Daniels.
The Phoenix Suns are struggling this season, to put it nicely, and the trade deadline is less than a week away. Even if the team decides not to make a big splash, there a few players that they should at least shop to see what they could get in return. One of those players is Troy Daniels.
I really like Troy but there are a lot of wing players ahead of him on the depth chart. Also, the other guys are able to play and defend multiple positions while Daniels is just a shooting guard and not much of a defender. But, boy can he shoot.
Every good team needs good shooters, especially in the clutch when the game is on the line. Sadly, Phoenix doesn’t get to experience those situations too often and a player like Troy is being wasted here. A playoff team or championship contender would truly appreciate what he brings to the table.
As much as it pains me to say, as I love him as a player, the franchise needs to send him some where he will be of more use that will possibly offer something of value in return. He will be a free agent this summer and will likely pack his bags for another city any way. Also, with him being on such a cheap contract, it’s easier to deal him.
Back to his shooting, he’s nailing 1.4 threes per game at a 39.2% clip. That is just shy of his career average of 1.8 triples on 40.3% accuracy. He isn’t getting many minutes on a consistent basis (about 13 minutes per game in only half of the Suns games this season) in purple and orange, but that would surely change on a playoff team that needs more shooting as he fills that need to the tee.
He’s only had one good stretch of playing time this season and he showed what he’s capable of being during that period. From November 30th to December 11th, he played in all 7 games and averaged 11.1 points in 22.1 minutes per game, making 2.9 long bombs at a fiery 44.4% clip.
There are a lot of teams that would love to add that to their depth chart as they prepare for the post season and Phoenix should see what they would be willing to part with in order to get their hands on him. A young team needs improvement and the Suns should shop around to see what asset they could add to their box.
There have been rumors of teams being interested in Wayne Ellington (double the salary this season and therefore possibly harder to acquire) for the same reason. Why wouldn’t another team make an offer for Daniels? The Suns should listen, pull a trigger and get something before they lose him for nothing.