Phoenix Suns: Free-agent options to scout in Western Conference playoffs

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Danilo Gallinari is the best free agent available for the Phoenix Suns

Danilo Gallinari‘s name has been thrown around a lot throughout the years as a possible Suns target, but this offseason might be the most realistic time to land the Italian veteran. He is an unrestricted free agent and even though he just turned 32, is still playing high-quality basketball.

This year for the Thunder, he averaged 18.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game including an impressive 40.5 percent from behind the arc. He is essentially the upgraded savvy veteran version of what Cameron Johnson gives the Phoenix Suns at the 4, which worked out pretty well for them in the bubble.

The problem is that Gallinari is one of the top free agents in this year’s class, so while the Suns will likely have the cap room to sign him, other teams may turn it into a bidding war and outprice the Suns.

BONUS: Nerlens Noel

The Phoenix Suns should have drafted Nerlens Noel in 2013, but they got nervous considering he was coming off an ACL tear and picked Alex Len instead.

Noel has had an up-and-down NBA career thus far, but he is a high-energy, defensive-minded player the Suns may be able to get for relatively cheap and could add some serious rim protection to an already tenacious second-team defense (assuming they keep both Jevon Carter and Cameron Payne).

Noel can’t shoot, but he is active around the glass and put up a respectable 7.4 points per game in limited minutes. Noel would be an upgraded version of Cheick Diallo.