The Phoenix Suns didn’t sign anyone for Disney, but they should have added Gerald Green to help with scoring off the bench.
One of the biggest problems for the Phoenix Suns this season has been their bench play, and with the injury to Kelly Oubre Jr, singing former fan favorite Gerald Green would have been a great way to improve this.
The transaction window has now passed, and the only player the Suns picked up was Cameron Payton. This was a huge opportunity missed.
While Green may not be as good as he was during the Suns’ exciting 48-win 2013-2014 season, he is still a very talented player and would be a great fit for Phoenix. Green is a hyper-athletic small forward who can also play the 2-guard (which the Suns desperately need off the bench) and is a good shooter from outside, which is exactly what the Suns have been looking for.
Gerald Green would have been an upgrade to the Phoenix Suns bench.
Running Elie Okobo and Jevon Carter as the backup combo-guards has not been very fun to watch, and if Phoenix had a chance to upgrade by signing a veteran like Green, they should have. During his last two seasons in Houston, Green averaged 10.3 points, and 2.8 rebounds, on 40/36/84 shooting splits, all the while only starting in two out of 114 games.
Adding around an extra 10 points per game off the bench would have been huge for a team fighting for a playoff spot, and adding in his energy and hustle with his overall skill, making this a very attractive move for the Suns.
With Tyler Johnson’s struggles this year, the Suns haven’t had a backup to Devin Booker since Troy Daniels left. Daniels was a sniper who could get hot in a hurry from 3, which was great for when Booker needed a rest, and Green can do even more with better efficiency. If Booker was to sit out a game, I would have felt comfortable with Green stepping into the starting role as well, rather than trying to force players into positions they’re not comfortable playing.
Green would have made a great addition to this squad, and James Jones and Robert Sarver should have definitely had a meeting with the nine-fingered assassin before Disney.
Instead, it looks like they may just focus on developing their younger talent.