2. The Phoenix Suns lowered their ceiling
After pulling off the move for Bradley Beal during the offseason, there was an argument to be made that the Phoenix Suns were going to enter the season with the best top 4 players of any other team in the league. That’s no longer the case. And after making this deal, it does feel as if the Suns lowered their ceiling heading into the season.
In fairness, the Suns lowered their ceiling in hopes of raising their floor. That’s what, theoretically, added depth will do for Phoenix. However, that’s far from a guarantee. Looking at the return, I’m not sure there’s any one piece that sticks out. Sure, the headliner is Nurkic, but there remain some very real questions about not only his durability but about whether he can still be a consistently effective player at this point in his career.
There’s no question this is a huge gamble for Phoenix. This is a deal where they emerged less talented. I don’t think you can argue that they’re a more talented team today than they were yesterday. The hope is that the depth that they added makes up for the loss of talent at the top.
I’m not sure it does, though.