Trade rumors keep swirling around the Phoenix Suns, but in order for the team to land a blockbuster deal, they will need to give up a key asset. Someone like Mikal Bridges.
As the Phoenix Suns begin to navigate the waters of the 2020 Trade Season, big names come across our feeds daily. Danilo Gallinari. Aaron Gordon. Julius Randle. KAT. Kevin Love (please God, no). No matter who the Suns are linked to, one thing is true: If you want to get something, you must give something. And that something may be Mikal Bridges.
Allow me to begin by stating what the majority of Suns fans know to be true: Mikal Bridges is fantastic. Heck, he’s beyond fantastic. He’s darn near un-tradable.
But he is tradable.
I know…the thought of it sparks rage in the hearts of fans. He’s our guy. The Phoenix Suns are a team on the bubble, however, and may explore all options in order to get this team out of the world of mediocrity.
Think of your fantasy team. You aren’t giving up your 1st or 2nd best player for the other team’s 8th and next year’s first round pick. You laugh at the offer and quickly counter with the most outrageous offer you can fathom. The same goes in the Association.
Although Tyler Johnson’s expiring $19.25 million contract allows monies to make sense for big names, no one wants him. He’ll be traded to make the trade work most likely, but opposing teams want more. Much more. They want picks. And they want some of our (not so hidden) gems.
Mikal Bridges is one of those gems. He may the asset that unlocks a major deal. Do I want him to go? No. But if a big name is to land in Phoenix, he may have to.