2. Kevin Love
If you have read this blog for any length of time, you have known that Kevin Love is basically by spirit animal.
I have wanted him on the Phoenix Suns since the 2008 draft, and while this is 11 years later (holy crap, it’s been 11 years…), he would still be a perfect fit for this team and franchise.
AND I think it would be possible to acquire him without moving Kelly Oubre – making the Phoenix Suns an instant top-four contender in the Western Conference the second Love steps on the court in purple and orange.
Fully recovered from the injuries that kept him down last season, K-Love is back to his old, stellar play, averaging 17.3 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and shooting 36.4% from beyond the arc.
Having his scoring – in particular his shooting – would be a huge boost to the offense with Saric’s inability to have a big scoring game, while his rebounding would help the defense a ton.
In an attempt to keep Oubre on the roster, the Suns would have to offer some youth in Mikal Bridges while also moving an lottery-protected first round pick (it is supposed to be in the little trade image up-top, but there is a glitch in the code that won’t allow four items to be shown in one trade) with Cleveland in a complete rebuild mode, but there is no doubt that Love makes the Suns Western Conference competitors right away.
New Starting Lineup:
PG – Ricky Rubio
SG – Devin Booker
SF – Kelly Oubre Jr.
PF – Kevin Love
C – Deandre Ayton