1. Rockets improve as Suns create some space
Houston wants to jump from rebuilding to contending this summer, and they have a mountain of cap space to work with. Fans have heard the James Harden rumors, but the Rockets will still have room beyond that to make moves. Could they take on Ayton’s contract as an upgrade at the five?
The Rockets have a talented young center in Alperen Sengun, but will he fit in Ime Udoka’s system? The new head coach will be preaching defense, and Sengun struggles mightily on that end of the floor. Could Houston look to get the best out of Ayton as a better fit?
The Suns’ would further harm their defense, but they get a skilled young center, a draft pick to acquire another rotation piece, and space to maneuver. It allows Phoenix to use their mid-level exception to sign a few role players in free agency. This trade creates just enough room to let them round out their roster around Kevin Durant, Devin Booker, and Bradley Beal.
Will the Phoenix Suns trade Deandre Ayton this summer? Can they get enough depth in return to be serious title contenders? The Suns are certainly all-in, so stay tuned to see how it all shakes out in what promises to be a wild summer in the Valley of the Sun.