Phoenix Suns Seeking Trade Deadline Help; Top Weakness To Fix

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The Phoenix Suns are the only team in the NBA to still have a single-digit number of losses as they hold a 39-9 record through 48 games. The team is still seeking more as they have their sights set on making an NBA Finals run but pulling off a win this go around.

It’s not easy to identify needs for a team that has the best record in the NBA. With a starting backcourt of Chris Paul and Devin Booker with Mikal Bridges on the wing, and Deandre Ayton in the middle. the foundation is already set. Adding another piece around those names perhaps could be the path.

According to Marc Stein on The Stein Line, the Suns have discussed pursuing another shooter to add to their bench unit given the underachieving results Landry Shamet has achieved after his new contract.

Despite indications this week from Suns general manager James Jones that he is prepared to stand pat with West-leading Phoenix holding the league’s best record at 38-9, there are rumbles emanating from the desert that the reigning Western Conference champions have discussed pursuing another shooter for the bench with Landry Shamet shooting 37% from the floor in his first season as a Sun.

The Suns are producing 1.014 points per possession (13th) on spot-up possessions as a team this season. The main complementary talents that are converting at a high clip are Cameron Johnson and Jae Crowder. Aside from the main stars, there isn’t much that is clicking.

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The assets the Suns have to use at their disposal are a bit limited but perhaps using Jalen Smith, who is expected to be traded ahead of the deadline. Phoenix opted to decline his final-year team-option—a rare choice for a lottery pick—worsening his potential trade value.

Some of the names that our own Brett Siegel has identified as some options the Suns could target include Ben McLemore, Kenrich Williams, and Justin Holiday, all of which are solid complementary talents on reasonable contracts to acquire in a trade.

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With Jae Crowder spending a lot of time at the four and Cam Johnson having that be his primary position, it seems as though Ben McLemore or Justin Holiday would be cleaner fits to pursue as opposed to Kenrich Williams in that regard. Bryn Forbes was the first sharpshooter off the market but there will be other options.

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