This offseason, the Phoenix Suns made a move to show that they are going all in, even more all in than before, on winning an NBA Championship and trying to create a potential dynasty. They have never won an NBA championship, so the move only made that much more sense.
The Suns already had Kevin Durant and Devin Booker. Now they add Bradley Beal and Jusuf Nurkic and some other pieces, with the subtraction of Deandre Ayton, and they are looking like they could be a team that is the favorite to win it all.
The Bradley Beal addition was huge. He is going to be that third scorer who can stay on the floor with the bench unit when the other two guys need a break. He is also a guy who can create his own shot and even draw attention to get others’ looks. His presence on the court is going to be extremely valuable.
The Suns know the value he brings. However, one other team that was pursuing him this offseason kind of threw shots at him. They wanted him, and when it didn’t work out and backfired, they tried to make it seem like they were disinterested.
“From what I heard, the Heat looked at that situation and said, ‘We don’t think Bradley Beal, who’s…seven years older than Tyler Herro, is $30 million better than Tyler Herro going forward. We just don’t think the upgrade is worth it.” Zach Lowe of ESPN said recently.
The Heat were going after Beal heavily. Also, the Heat did better with Herro, so how does he really impact your team in terms of winning? They were shooting the ball better and winning games in the playoffs when he broke his hand. I love Herro, and he’s a great player, but he is not better than Beal, and frankly, it isn’t close.
He is younger, but the Suns are trying to win now. Beal is the perfect player for the job. If anything, this should just fire up Beal for this season. Just wait till they play the Heat; Beal could go off for 30.