Phoenix Suns: 3 Trades to Move Up in the 2021 NBA Draft

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Phoenix Suns trade Pick No. 29 and Jevon Carter to the Brooklyn Nets for Pick No. 27

A two-pick jump might not seem like a big deal right now, but if star player the Suns like continues to drop, they might want to skip ahead a few teams and pounce on him before someone else does.

Having rebuilt his team almost exclusively on trading for late-round drat picks, Brooklyn Nets GM Sean Marks loves a good trade-back deal. Additionally, the Nets might need more point guard depth if Spencer Dinwiddie leaves as a free-agent this summer, as well as general assistance with their defensive efforts.

Jevon Carter provides both those attributes, and although most fans still appreciated him during his time in Phoenix, Monty Williams kept him glued to the bench last postseason. Carter only played during “garbage time” sequences, averaging an insignificant 3.1 minutes per game.

This certainly makes it seem like the Suns hold no plans to feature Carter extensively as they attempt to repeat as Western Conference champions next season, making him a loose end worth cutting off.

If the right circumstances come into play, this trade helps out both teams. The Suns and Nets also both reside in opposite conferences, making the trade highly unlikely to come back and bite Phoenix even with both teams as strong title contenders for the upcoming season.