As the NBA trade deadline approaches, the Phoenix Suns still hold the top record in the NBA. Like any contender, the team could use a piece or two to add more depth into the supporting cast around Devin Booker and Chris Paul in an effort to return to the NBA Finals.
The Suns are a very complete team without much for glaring holes. However, they can be strategic to add a particular piece at the NBA trade deadline to better position themselves as a matchup against potential threats they will face in the playoffs.
The Golden State Warriors, when healthy, will be a tough matchup for any team in the playoffs. Klay Thompson is back and it’s difficult to imagine Stephen Curry’s slump lasting too long. The Eastern Conference has potential championship threats that will be tough matchups to handle, too. Making a move could help the Suns as a result.
One of the options the Suns do have is to pursue a trade involving the contract of Dario Saric. While he is sidelined for the entirety of the 2021-22 season, his $8.5 million contract is considered a potential mechanism for the Suns to use to match salary in a potential trade. Pairing Jalen Smith’s $4.5 million salary in a deal is another option, too.
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The Suns do not have a war-chest of assets to offer in a potential trade, but they should have enough to add a helpful veteran for depth.
Will the Phoenix Suns make a move at the NBA trade deadline using Dario Saric’s contract? That remains to be seen, but if they do, here are some names to give consideration.