Potential Upside in Jusuf Nurkic
While Nurkic had a challenging season last year, partly due to a calf injury, there’s reason to believe he could bounce back.
Nurkic’s potential as a better offensive fit for the Suns should not be overlooked. His screening abilities could complement the Suns’ existing offensive schemes, and if he returns to form defensively, he could be a valuable asset.
The Unknown Factors: Nasir Little and Keon Johnson
Nasir Little and Keon Johnson are somewhat of an enigma. Little showed promise in Portland but has yet to prove himself as a rotation player on a contending team.
Johnson, on the other hand, is a young talent with potential upside. Their development could be a crucial factor in determining the success of this trade.
The James Jones (Front Office) factor
It’s worth noting that Suns’ General Manager James Jones has a track record of making unconventional decisions that turn out to be successful.
While the trade has been criticized by some as a mismanagement of assets, Jones’ past successes suggest that there might be more to this trade than meets the eye.