Fred VanVleet

Does Fred VanVleet make sense as a trade target or free agency target for the Phoenix Suns?

Welcome to the wonderful time of year where actual basketball conversation takes a backseat to rampant speculation! The Phoenix Suns weren’t immune to it last year as the NBA’s top team, and now sporting a disappointing 21-24 record in an injury-riddled season, they certainly aren’t this year either. The latest spicy name to surface, of course, is Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet. As The Athletic’s Shams Charania wrote on Tuesday, “The Suns and Magic have emerged as potential free-agent suitors for All-Star guard VanVleet, league sources say.” After turning down a four-year, $114 million contract extension from the Raptors before the season began, VanVleet will almost certainly opt out of his $22.8 million player option this summer to test the…