This Pistons-Suns Trade Is Centered Around Kelly Olynyk To Phoenix

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The Phoenix Suns surprised a lot of people when they made a run to the 2021 NBA Finals. They defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets, and Los Angeles Clippers before facing off with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Things started great as the Suns got off to a 2-0 lead. Unfortunately, Game 2 was the last game they would win, as the Bucks rattled off four straight and took home the Larry O’Brien Trophy.

Coming into the offseason, the Suns had some key free agents, and they retained virtually all of them. Torrey Craig was the only player to receive minutes in the NBA Finals who will not be back. Chris Paul, Cameron Payne, and Frank Kaminsky were all re-signed.

JaVale McGee and Elfrid Payton were signed in free agency to shore up the end of the bench. Landry Shamet was acquired in a trade with the Brooklyn Nets to add some more shooting to the backcourt.

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The one thing that the Suns are truly missing heading into the 2021-22 season is a versatile big man to replace Dario Saric. Saric injured his knee in the NBA Finals and is likely going to miss the entire 2021-22 season recovering.

He was a vital part of the team’s second unit and will be missed. Phoenix could look around the league for a trade to replace him, and Kelly Olynyk could be a match. What would a trade between the Phoenix Suns and Detroit Pistons look like? Let’s take a look at this hypothetical deal.

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