2 trade deadline moves that would boost Suns, 1 they must avoid

As the NBA trade deadline nears, Phoenix should have a few goals in mind while being cognizant to avoid certain missteps as well.

Devin Booker, Bradley Beal, Phoenix Suns
Devin Booker, Bradley Beal, Phoenix Suns / Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
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Avoid: Trading for a starting point guard

One big discussion surrounding the Suns this season and even leading up to the season has been about point guard play. Phoenix has been going without a traditional point guard in the starting lineup, and much was made of it during their prolonged stretch of inconsistency to begin the year.

With Devin Booker assuming primary ball handler duties, the "point Booker" experiment was born. As he has gradually settled into the role and begun to thrive, the team has built more and more consistency. Listening to the outside noise and making a move for a point guard would have the potential to throw off everything the Suns have built so far this season.

We have seen time and again in this league how much consistency matters. After getting Kevin Durant at the deadline last year, Phoenix still needed time to acclimate to having him on their roster. Another recent example is Rudy Gobert, who did not have so much of an immediate impact on the Minnesota Timberwolves, but has helped transform them into a top-tier contender in his second year with the team.

An argument could be made that the Suns could stand to trade for a backup point guard if the price is right. But making a move for a lead ball handler to replace Booker in the starting lineup would not be an advisable move.