If there’s one thing we know from the conflicting reports that have emerged over the past few days, it’s that the Phoenix Suns are being active in looking for ways to improve the roster in advance of Thursday’s Feb. 19 trade deadline.
It’s no secret that the team feels it’s guard-heavy at the moment, which theoretically makes Goran Dragic or Isaiah Thomas the odd man out in terms of being included in any deals this week.
Dragic will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, and unless the Suns are willing to go all the way by offering him a max offer to re-sign, it would make sense to field offers now and get something in return. But while the trade rumors continue to fly, the latest update has Phoenix willing to commit to Dragic, with other players more likely to be gone before the deadline passes.
Sources: Suns want to keep and re-sign Dragic, but to even consider a deal, they would minimally want player w/ All-Star potential and pick.
If the Suns make a move before deadline, it is far more likely to include Isaiah Thomas and/or Gerald Green, league sources tell Yahoo.
Thomas has a contract that’s easier to swallow than a new one for Dragic would cost; after this season, Thomas is owed just under $7 million per year for the next three.
And, with Dragic’s impending free agency, no one is likely to give up all that Phoenix is asking just to get him for the remainder of this season, with no future guarantee that he’ll re-sign in his new destination.
The Suns are currently holding down the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, but just barely. The Thunder are just a half-game back in the standings, and the Pelicans are right there too, just a game behind OKC.
Phoenix has a brutal stretch to end the season, with games at Atlanta, at Dallas, at New Orleans, at San Antonio and vs. the Clippers to close things out. The team likely knows it needs to get better if it wants to avoid ending a second consecutive season with a narrow postseason miss, so expect the club (and Dragic, and Thomas) to continue to come up in trade rumors until the deadline has passed.