The Phoenix Suns have made no roster-altering trades this summer, but all is not lost. While many teams saw themselves wheel and deal players to bolster rosters, the Suns have kept one of their most prized assets intact — draft picks.
ESPN’s Bobby Marks reports that Phoenix remains one of the remaining teams with control of its picks through the 2030 NBA Draft.
Phoenix clearly won’t make use of all the picks. The Suns are still in win-now mode with players such as Chris Paul entering the last phase of his career. As such, some of those picks will be used in meaningful trades.
One such talked-about deal includes obtaining Utah Jazz forward Bojan Bogdanovic. Given the Jazz’s impressive haul of picks so far, Utah will certainly want a similar recoup from Phoenix. Of course, Bogdanovic is no Donovan Mitchell or Rudy Gobert, but the overall sentiment remains the same. Jazz executive Danny Ainge has pivoted Utah into a rebuild, and picks remain a priority for the club.
There are other possible deals to be had in the trade market as well. Certain players remain on the trade block despite making it through the hectic part of the offseason. Phoenix could also hold off on talks until the trade deadline. There’s a bit of skepticism around the league still in DeAndre Ayton’s future with Phoenix, despite his extension.
Also, the Suns could opt to play hard ball come draft night. Many teams will be eager to move up in the draft, which could bring about sporadic deals in Phoenix’s favor. It’s possible that Suns general manager James Jones has already weighed out each scenario as well.
In any case, Suns fans shouldn’t hang their heads on a lackluster summer. Draft picks could prove favorable for Phoenix in the near future.