Grade the Trade: Suns add Bucks All-Star in Ayton deal
This is risky territory for the Suns, who would be getting rid of the only center on their roster who is anywhere close to elite. Their depth chart after Ayton right now consists of Drew Eubanks (competent backup and nothing else), Chimezie Metu (a lot left to prove in the league) and Bol Bol (is he even a center?).
Clearly the big man rotation would suffer, but adding Holiday actually restores a type of order as well. The Suns currently don’t have a true point guard since trading Chris Paul for Bradley Beal. Ironically Paul was the only floor general good enough to turn average centers into real assets, just like he did with Bismack Biyombo in the past.
But if Holiday was added to the mix, he and Beal could share a backcourt, allowing Booker to ditch the “Point Booker” role he is currently going to have to embrace. He could then become a flamethrower offensively, while Durant could man the four. That would leave the five as a mash of cobbled up pieces, but when you have those four players, does it really matter?
Big men generally become available during the season, and the Suns would be elite defensively in the backcourt, while Durant and Booker can get there themselves for stretches when required. They want out of the Ayton business anyway by the looks of things, and Holiday would represent the opposite to the big man.
A complete professional who you never have to worry if he is giving his all on the court, as well as being an exemplary member of the community off of it. As already mentioned, Wainright hurts their depth a small bit, but Eric Gordon, Yuta Watanbe, Josh Okogie and Keita Bates-Diop would all remain. The fit isn’t perfect – but unless the Suns get a center in return – it never will be.