When the Suns traded for Reggie Bullock, many took it as a sign they were giving up on Archie Goodwin.
But indications are Phoenix is in no rush to dump Goodwin.
The Phoenix Suns have made clear to Archie Goodwin and the NBA that the franchise has the second-year guard as a cornerstone of its future, shutting down interested suitors, league sources told RealGM.
Whenever contacted with interest from major- and minor- market teams, the Suns have shown no willingness to move Goodwin, promising that he’s a major part of their talent core.
“Archie doesn’t want out of Phoenix,” Goodwin’s agent, Charles Briscoe, told RealGM on Wednesday. “His words have been twisted in a recent article. We’re willing to wait for Archie’s opportunity. Any player in the NBA wants to play immediately, but we understand that Phoenix is in a playoff push. If we have to wait for next year, we’re OK with that. We know he will get his opportunity, and he’ll be ready.”
I don’t think trading for Bullock had anything to do directly with Goodwin, another young wing. The Clippers were just trying to dump Goodwin so they could acquire Doc Rivers’ son, Austin Rivers. If you can get Goodwin for free (or Shavlik Randolph), you do it and figure out the particulars later.
There’s no guarantee Bullock pans out. For that matter, the same is true of Goodwin. Neither player, each a late first-round pick in 2013, has had much opportunity yet in the NBA, but both have shown promise.
By having both on their roster, the Suns have essentially doubled their chances of someone emerging as a rotation player. Until one does or proves he won’t develop, Goodwin is probably safe.
Bullock provides competition for Goodwin, but not a ticket out of town – at least not yet.