Why The Phoenix Suns Do The Deal
In Phoenix, the question isn’t “who’s playing the wing?”. The question is “which quality wing is sitting?”.
In all likelihood, that’s why they’re rumored to be shopping Crowder. After all, they’ve got one of the best 3-and-D wings in the NBA in Mikal Bridges, not to mention Cam Johnson and Torrey Craig. Between that group and Crowder, there may be too many cooks in the kitchen.
By contrast, the Suns could use more playmaking. In particular, they could use a player whose suited to run the second unit. LeVert certainly fits that description. Realistically, it may be the best role for him.
After all, LeVert is a very talented player, but he’s not perfect. His tendency to look for his own shot, paired with bouts of inefficiency, have made him a questionable fit alongside starters at times.
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On the other hand, he’d be well-suited as a sixth man: LeVert could do his own thing, and it would actually match his job description.
By that logic, acquiring him sounds like an action worth taking from the Suns’ point of view.