Report: Suns trading for No. 24 pick (Ty Jerome), Aron Baynes from Celtics

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Suns general manager James Jones said he’s prioritizing players in their prime over prospects. I figured that meant deemphasizing the draft and focusing on free agency.

Instead, Phoenix is finding veterans in the draft.

After shockingly choosing fifth-year senior Cameron Johnson with the No. 11 pick, the Suns traded back in the first round to get savvy Virginia guard Ty Jerome.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Shams Charania of The Athletic:

That Bucks pick is top-seven-protected in 2020 and unprotected in 2021. Milwaukee will likely push that pick into the late 20s with another strong season, but there is theoretical upside with those light protections.

The Celtics get that pick and unload Aron Baynes, as desired. Boston can now open about $26 million in cap space if renouncing everyone besides Terry Rozier. Renounce Rozier, and that climbs to about $34 million.

That spending power could help the Celtics retool after Kyrie Irving and Al Horford leave.

The Suns get Jerome, whom I like even more than Johnson.