Phoenix Suns 5 Initial Free Agent Targets Nobody is Talking About Enough

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Phoenix Suns, Amir Coffey
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Phoenix Suns Early Free Agent Targets: Amir Coffey

With Kawhi Leonard and Paul George unable to play during most of last year, most turned their attention away from the Los Angeles Clippers. However, those that did missed out on a tremendous story and talent in Amir Coffey.

After going undrafted three years ago, Coffey signed a series of two-way deals with Los Angeles, frequently bouncing back and forth between the NBA and the G-League. But with LA’s abundant injuries this past season, some extra minutes trickled down to him which he used to his advantage.

The Clippers converted Coffey’s deal to a standard one in late March, just prior to the team’s playoff push. He responded a few days later with a then career-high 32-point performance to knock off the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks.

He also finished that game with seven assists, four steals, while shooting 62.5 percent from the field. A few days later he went on to drop 35 points against the Oklahoma City Thunder thanks to a 7-10 shooting night from deep.

The sample size is small for Coffey, but he ended up averaging 9.0 points per game for the season on .453/.378/.863 shooting splits. His ceiling as a two-way player remains exceptionally high at just 25 years old as well.

Putting up enough money that discourages the Clippers from re-signing him will be tough for Phoenix, as Coffey is only a restricted free agent, but LA is not exactly in cap heaven themselves with only a projected $8 million more in space compared to Phoenix. We also know not how they plan to reconstruct their roster this summer now with championship expectations returning in accordance with a fully healthy Leonard.

If Coffey slips through LA’s fingers, James Jones needs to pounce on this stud with enough potential to even take over Landry Shamet’s spot as Devin Booker’s primary backup.