Phoenix Suns deadline week: 3 best moves

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Phoenix Suns deadline list item 1: Find balance and do something

It would be a nice boost of freshness (sounds like a deodorant commercial) for James Jones to shake things up a little. “If you’re standing still, you’re falling behind” and all that.

So, many Suns backers want to see some effort, action and ingenuity from the GM.

But what about some outside-the-box thinking?

Did you hear the Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves and Portland Trail Blazers are in the hunt for the Orlando Magic’s Aaron Gordon?

Long rumored to be a target of past Suns incarnations, Gordon is looking better and better as the season unfolds. His price is rising to heights that likely are too high for most teams.

Should the Suns be worried about Gordon joining the Nuggets or Blazers, two of Phoenix’s primary rivals in the Western Conference?

The fourth overall pick from the 2014 draft is still only 25 years old, so he’d fit comfortably into the Suns window of contention.

In 22 games this season, Gordon is putting up 14.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. He doesn’t shoot particularly well, though, and carries an $18.1 million contract.

The cost for Phoenix would be prohibitive — think Mikal Bridges/Cam Johnson/Dario Saric/first-round picks — and would call into question whether the team becomes better this season.

Becoming better right now (or just doing nothing) is a must because, let’s face it, Chris Paul is amazing but Father Time is undefeated. There really isn’t an option to take a step back based on the belief a trade will make Phoenix better in the long run.

Reports indicate the Magic want a “young player or players, a draft pick” and matching salary in return, the Denver Post’s Mike Singer reported Friday.

Gordon, just back from an ankle injury, is under contract through 2022.

Making a move at the deadline, any move, would send a message that the Suns are eager for more. But it can’t hurt the team in the short term — or even run that risk.

The move: Whether it’s upgrading a particular position, a trade involving veteran role players or an Aaron Gordon-level big swing, Suns fans always enjoy a good talking point.

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