5. Danuel House
The Suns traded for a starting-caliber 3-and-D wing in Royce O’Neale, but contenders cannot have too much depth. Josh Okogie has struggled to hit shots, and Phoenix needs an eighth man for their playoff rotation. David Roddy will get a crack, but the Suns may have to fill that role via the buyout market.
House was traded to the Pistons on deadline day, so the 76ers could open up a roster spot. The 6’6 wing has struggled to nail down a consistent role, and Philly had little use for him after acquiring Buddy Hield. The 30-year-old does not fit on a rebuilding team in Detroit. Expect him to be bought out and free to sign with any franchise.
House is a career 35.9 percent 3-point shooter capable of defending multiple positions. He is far from the best or steadiest option, but the 30-year-old has four years of playoff experience with three different teams. Could he find a fit in Phoenix and be an impactful contributor in a 20-minute per-game role? House has all the tools but needs to put it together.
The Phoenix Suns could go in a different direction. Their focus has been improving on the wing, but one of the best shooters in NBA history figures to be available.