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

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Phoenix Suns, David Duke Jr.
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Phoenix Suns Early Free Agent Targets: David Duke Jr.

He never made it onto Brooklyn’s full-roster, but David Duke Jr. started seven games for a Nets team with championship aspirations all throughout last year. The Providence product ended up averaging only 4.7 points per game but showed promise especially as a potential 3-and-D plug with enough athleticism and burst to switch one through five.

At just 22 years old, Duke Jr. remains a project piece though, hence why Phoenix can likely afford him on a minimum deal. But while doing that, they still acquire a guy who shined brighter than most on the G-League stage, carries all the gifts needed to excel as a two-way player, and some experience running and gunning beside star players.

He checks almost every box you want for a “low risk high reward” player and even if the Suns want to only offer him a two-way deal, he already seems like a more exciting prospect to try and develop than anyone since Cameron Johnson.

Especially if the Suns do not re-sign Aaron Holiday this summer, Duke Jr. needs to be on their radar as a foundational, and even fun replacement being a combo guard. His aforementioned athleticism might even allow him to field some minutes at small forward as well. The sky is the limit for this electric force.

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While Brooklyn might try want to add him back this summer, they also might need to turn their attention elsewhere as they try to break down and fully reconstruct a roster around Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving which came up well short of expectations this past season.