Analyzing 3 Newly Acquired Phoenix Suns in 2022 Offseason

Phoenix Suns, Josh Okogie. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
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A massive chip in the shape of Kevin Durant has lived in the collective consciousness of all Phoenix Suns fans for the past few days. Ever since word broke that the Slim Reaper wanted out, mock trades detailing how Phoenix might acquire him have come by the many.

On the other hand is the (surprisingly?) little to no traction sustained in relation to restricted free agent Deandre Ayton following he and his team’s disappointing playoff exodus a few months ago.

But while James Jones has yet to move his queen in this chess match of an offseason, he’s been sliding rooks, knights, and pawns around quite effectively to gear up the team for the 2022-23 campaign.

In lieu of those looming decisions and transactions, it’s clear that the Suns are tending to their due diligence and addressing the fringes of both the presumed roster and presumed rotation as many free agent signings became official over the past 24 hours.

There’s a feel of exactness and intentionality behind the new players who have been brought in. These new additions look well equipped to function in, and bring added value to Monty Williams’s “0.5” system.

Over the holiday weekend, we found out that the Suns re-signed big man Bismack Biyombo, but lost JaVale McGee to the Dallas Mavericks. However, they did agree to terms with guard Damion Lee hailing from the Golden State Warriors and combo forward Josh Okogie from the Minnesota Timberwolves. They also picked up Jock Landale while helping facilitate the Dejounte Murray trade.

Now with the dust settling from those early moves, here’s what each “new guy” brings to the table.