The Phoenix Suns are still in the hunt for a playoff spot. Here are three players that could help them get there, without breaking the bank.
The last time the Suns made the playoffs was in 2010–one decade ago. For ten years, Suns fans have hoped for a return to relativity, for the opportunity to root for meaningful games. For ten years they’ve hoped against hope.
Back in the 2013-14 season, they came close with that Dragic/Bledsoe/Frye led team. Suddenly, the future looked bright. But the front office drank their own Kool-Aid and doubled down on their dual point guard line-up, signing Isiah Thomas and letting Channing Frye go in free agency.
Somehow they thought two plus one minus one equaled six . . . or something like that. Whatever it was, they were thinking they got the math wrong and by the trade deadline next year, Dragic and Thomas were gone. Eventually, Bledsoe was traded in 2017 for Greg Monroe and a couple of draft picks.
Two plus one minus one equals none.
This year they have another shot at the playoffs. At this point, that’s all Suns fans are really asking for. But they’ll need some help and the Goodfellas (D’Angelo Danté Russell and Karl-Anthony Towns Jr.) aren’t likely walking through the door any time soon—probably ever.
So with the trade deadline approaching, and the Suns in serious need of a stronger bench, here are three gettable players that should help: