5 Dream trade deadline targets for Suns (and what they'd cost)

The Suns should try to add these players before the Feb. 8 trade deadline.

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3. Nick Richards

The Suns' big-man depth is non-existent. Jusuf Nurkic has been healthy and playing a key role, but nobody has stepped up behind him. There was excitement about signing Drew Eubanks, but he is averaging just 16.1 minutes per game. His role has been inconsistent and the Suns have gotten little from Chimezie Metu and Bol Bol.

Phoenix could add a big man before the deadline, and they are rumored to be interested in Richards. The seven-footer’s playing time continues to increase, and he is averaging 9.6 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks in 25.1 minutes per game this season.

Any team in need of a big man should have interest in Nick Richards, which will drive the price up. The Hornets traded Terry Rozier and are certainly sellers. It would likely take a significant package to get Richards, and maybe more than the Suns can offer.

What would it cost to acquire Richards: 4 2nd-round draft picks plus salary-matching

Landing Nick Richards would be another all-in move for the Phoenix Suns. They have four second-rounders available to trade. The Suns are willing to part with those selections, but is Nick Richards the best available option? Phoenix has to maximize their limited assets and should be searching for a role player with a proven playoff track record.