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Welcome to Part 2 of the Phoenix Suns Trade Deadline primer! In Part 1 on Monday, we covered tons of ambitious, realistic and last-resort trade targets for the Suns to consider ahead of the 2023 NBA Trade Deadline. Trading Jae Crowder is obviously a must, and addressing needs like ball-handling, shot creation and size/rebounding at the 4 would be helpful…

In Part 1 of the 2023 Phoenix Suns trade deadline primer, here are some realistic and ambitious trade targets.

There haven’t been this many Phoenix Suns trade rumors out in the open during James Jones’ tenure since…well, quite possibly ever. The trade buzz reached a fever pitch over the summer with Kevin Durant, but over the last few weeks, name after name has come up in conjunction with the Suns. That’s reassuring news for a fanbase waiting for resolution on the Jae Crowder front. Trading his $10.2 million expiring salary somewhere before the 2023 NBA Trade Deadline on Feb. 9 is a top item on Mat Ishbia’s checklist, and it’s no secret the Suns could use some help in a few key areas: ball-handling in the backcourt, shot creation in general, and rebounding/size at the 4-spot. Trading for a…

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…

If the Phoenix Suns can't land Kevin Durant, here are five potential trades they should pivot toward.

At this point in the offseason, the Phoenix Suns appear to be in a holding pattern, waiting for their chance to land Kevin Durant. Most of the notable free agents are already off the board, and roster spots have filled up quickly. Deandre Ayton finally found resolution after the Suns matched a four-year, $133 million max offer sheet from the...

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If the Phoenix Suns want to land Kevin Durant, here are 10 potential trades they could explore.

General manager James Jones deserves a ton of credit for molding the Phoenix Suns’ roster into a contender in just a few short years, but also for meticulously crafting it with flexibility in mind. The Suns were built to win now, but with armed with young players on the rise, salaries capable of meeting all trade requirements and all of...

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The Phoenix Suns need to make a move before the 2022 NBA Trade Deadline, so here are 10 potential options that make sense.

Despite Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton and Jae Crowder missing chunks of the season, despite the ongoing struggles of Cam Payne and Landry Shamet, despite players and coaches being in and out of the lineup due to injuries and COVID-19 alike…the Phoenix Suns currently own the NBA’s best record. And yet, whether it’s due to a fundamental lack of respect for this team or a simple acknowledgement of its potential roster flaws, it still feels like the Suns should do something at the 2022 NBA Trade Deadline — not because they have to, but because this group is only one or two savvy moves away from bolstering down the playoff rotation and cementing their status as legitimate title favorites. It’s not…

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