3 Buyout Players Not Named Goran Dragic to Replace Suns’ Chris Paul

Phoenix Suns, Chris Paul. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
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The Phoenix Suns beat the Brooklyn Nets on the hardwood both times this year, but lost to them in the Goran Dragic sweepstakes, as the journeyman guard recently chose to reunite with Steve Nash in the Big Apple despite countless Phoenix fans calling on him to return to the desert.

With this Woj bomb detonating around the same time we found out that Chris Paul will be sidelined for six to eight weeks with a wrist injury, the past few hours have been disappointing for both nostalgic Suns fans hoping to see reunion, and those just wanting to the team to continue its winning ways.

Without Paul and Dragic off the table, Phoenix’s hold on the West undoubtedly feels jeopardized. They only added Aaron Holiday a few weeks ago, and despite his solid play thus far, one cannot expect him to carry Paul’s load through April. Elfrid Payton resembles a negative almost every time out on the floor, and Cameron Payne finds himself still laboring with his own wrist injury.

Make no mistake about it, Phoenix’s once dominant backcourt now looks frighteningly thin, and although the Suns were long thought to be the last team needing help past the All-Star break, that notion no longer feels accurate.

But with the trade deadline having come and gone, such circumstances might prompt General Manager James Jones to browse around in the buyout market with an increased sense of urgency, looking for another pluggable piece at point guard.

To stay afloat, while also moving on from The Dragon for one final time, the Suns might want to take another look at these three point guards who are likely to have their deals dissolved over the next few days.