If there is one area where the Phoenix Suns could do with some extra help this season, it is with their point guard rotation. The Devin Booker as the lead guard experiment has certainly worked, although it has not been reflected in the first round of All-Star fan voting that was recently released.
Great and all as Booker is - when the Suns get to the postseason and need him to revert back to being one of the best scorers in the league primarily - all they have in reserve in Jordan Goodwin. Who has also been fine in his role so far this season, but if he is the your seventh man off the bench, there is only so far you are going to go.
Which is why the Suns need to push all their chips into the center of the table, and trade for Tyus Jones of the Washington Wizards.
If you are unfamiliar with Jones, he has been arguably the best backup floor general in the entire league going back to his four years with the Memphis Grizzlies. Behind Ja Morant, Jones ran the second unit in Memphis incredibly well, and despite his shorter stature, was leaned on heavily by that organization when he played there.
Jones was traded to the Washington Wizards during the offseason, and has so far started every game he has played for that team this season. They're clearly going nowhere, but Jones has posted career highs in points, assists and 3-point shooting percentage. Yet as a starter, he's not quite as impactful as when he is helping to take apart second units.
The Wizards should be sellers at the trade deadline, which is why it is no surprise even Kyle Kuzma is apparently available at the right price at this point. Jones is in the final year of a two-year, $29 million contract before hitting unrestricted free agency, which in theory would make him a rental for any team that traded for him.
This shouldn't deter the Suns though, who need to do anything they can to turn this season around. Even if it means moving a valuable role player, which it most certainly would if they wanted to make the salaries match and land somebody in Jones who they could absolutely play once the postseason begins. Here is how a potential trade would look between the two.
Losing Grayson Allen would be a blow for the Suns, but the arrival of Jones could work twofold. If Booker remains as the starting point guard, Eric Gordon could slide into the fifth starter role alongside Booker, Bradley Beal, Kevin Durant and Jusuf Nurkic. Allen has been the better of the two this season, but Gordon is shooting 40.9 percent from deep and is the better defender.
At 35-years-old he runs the risk of being injured when it really matters, whereas Allen is seven years his junior and has been an excellent fifth starter so far this season. But in an intriguing twist, Jones could be on the court in crunch time running the show, allowing Booker to go back to being an elite scorer, with Beal, Durant and Nurkic flanking them.
This would still allow Jones to run the second unit for three-and-a-half quarters, before joining the starters to close out opponents in a lineup that head coach Frank Vogel could turn into one of the best in the league. They likely would not be able to bring Jones back after the season - but the same may yet be true of Allen - which is another reason to try and make this trade happen.
Jones is sure to get paid next year, and while Allen likely won't get offered as much, he is still probably going to command more money than the Suns can afford after a strong showing so far this season. But is there any reason why the Wizards would want to move on from a player in Jones who has real trade value?
With so much money currently committed to Kuzma and Jordan Poole, they may not want to ink Jones to a long-term deal this summer. So they could get off of making that decision, and get Allen back in return. A sharpshooter who also has trade value, and who can be brought back for a smaller number than Jones.
Adding Nassir Little sweetens the deal, as he is under contract for years to come and at only 23-years-old can grow with the Wizards as they look to put a competent roster together in future. It's not a first round pick, but it is unclear if Jones could command one of them from elsewhere anyway. This is a move the Suns have to seriously pursue if they want to balance their roster and save their season.