Best and worst landing spots for Durant, Irving and Mitchell from a Phoenix Suns’ perspective

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The NBA’s Western Conference already appears a tough challenge next season, but the Phoenix Suns could face further competition depending on the remainder of the offseason.

There’s a number of players who could join new teams in the next two months before the 2022-23 season tips off, headlined by Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant. The two-time Finals MVP has remained steadfast in his trade request, with the intrigue now surrounding whether he’d sit out training camp should he not be moved beforehand.

With some big name players still potentially on the move over the off-season, which landing spots would have the least and most impact on the Phoenix Suns?

Depending on what happens with Durant, his teammate, Kyrie Irving, is another major player who could be on the move. There was reported tension between the Nets and Irving as they were unable to agree on a contract extension, before the 30-year-old eventually opted in to his player option for the upcoming season.

Then there’s Donovan Mitchell, the Utah Jazz’ All-Star guard who most believe is a lock to be moved at some point in the next six months. The Jazz are moving towards a full blown rebuild, having been major players in the offseason already.

Phoenix Suns, Devin Booker
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After parting ways with head coach Quin Snyder, the Jazz traded their three-time Defensive Player of the Year, Rudy Gobert, for a massive haul of picks from the Minnesota Timberwolves. Ironically, that trade could be the roadblock to deals for the aforementioned three players.

Gobert’s a defensive phenom but one with severely limited offensive ability and a huge contract. The haul Utah got for him has considerably altered the perceived value of star players, to the point where general manager’s can turn around, point to the trade, and simply state that an opposing team’s offer isn’t enough.

Nevertheless, these are three difference-making players that will impact the Suns and other teams’ title chances. Therefore, if they are to be moved, what are the best and worst case scenarios for Phoenix?