Phoenix Suns: 3 Trades We Want to See Before 2021-22 Season Starts

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Phoenix Suns Preseason Trades: Jalen Smith, Dario Saric, and a 2022 Second Round Pick (Top 20 Protected) for Marvin Bagley

Even though Marvin Bagley averaged 14.1 points and 7.4 rebounds last year, the Sacramento Kings seem fixated on moving him. The Kings tried to send him packing several different times last year, so watch for them to do so again leading up to this season.

Bagley might feel like a disappointment when comparing his production to all the hype he carried into the draft, but he still remains a solid player and potential bruiser for the Suns off the bench.

Phoenix’s most glaring need right now is depth at the power forward spot, hence why Young remains their number one trade target. But Bagley plays that position too, and still carries the athletic traits to do so effectively.

With one more year on his contract, the Suns likely let Bagley walk after the season due to their already inflated cap, but playing for a championship caliber team and for a new contract at the same time might reinvigorate him—only making the trade that much better for Phoenix.

Also like the Spurs, the Kings embody a team unlikely to challenge for a playoff spot right now, which makes Saric and Smith solid finds for them to take on and develop. Like the deal that split up the Philadelphia 76ers and Nerlens Noel, who was another decent power forward just taken a few picks too high, this trade gives both sides something they want.