With the NBA Finals now set, all the Phoenix Suns can do is lie in wait and plot their next assault on the Larry O’Brien trophy. The manner of their six game series defeat to the Denver Nuggets continuing to look more bearable when you consider just how good the Nuggets look heading into the finals.
They are the best team in the league, while the Miami Heat have defied the odds with a ragtag bunch of players all postseason. The Suns would do well to take a page out of the now famous book of the Heat, and try and convert some second round draft picks or undrafted players into key rotation pieces in future.
That is not the only way the Suns can look to improve ahead of next season, and in actual fact there are three players who are part of the finals who the team should look at acquiring this summer.
None of them are superstars, and two of them likely won’t see any court time at all during the showpiece event. Unless they are playing some garbage time minutes. But that is the position the Suns find themselves in right now. With four players making over $30 million next season (for now at least), the organization are going to have to get cute with how they improve their roster.
Thankfully for the team, some of their own players got better during the course of the year, meaning they can either step into a bigger role next season, or perhaps be used in trades with teams like the Nuggets and Heat to make their roster better. Just because roster flexibility is tough right now, it doesn’t mean the front office can’t get creative in how they improve.
Which is why the following three players should be considered in the context of where the Suns are at right now. Their depth issues are obvious, and they have several backup positions that need to be filled urgently. Think about these players not as the guys who will have the ball in their hands next May, but rather who could competently play 20 minutes in Charlotte in December.