A report came out this morning on ESPN that explains the tricky situation with the Suns’ trade situation as the NBA trade deadline nears. In the piece by ESPN Senior Writer Brian Windhorst, it’s said that Suns ex-owner Robert Sarver still holds power when it comes to trade talks in regard to the Suns. Sarver is currently suspended while also selling the team to now-Suns owner Mat Ishbia last month.
As @WindhorstESPN notes here, Robert Sarver still has to give the Suns personal sign-off on any deal for a player with a salary that is more than the current "average player salary," multiple league sources tell ESPN: https://t.co/L7DRYThg1s
— Baxter Holmes (@Baxter) January 3, 2023
In the tweet above, it is said that in the article, Sarver still has to give up personal sign off’s on any potential deal for a player with a salary that is more than the current player they have. Over the last month, there have been many rumors and reports of the Suns being in discussions with teams in regard to veteran Jae Crowder. There have been speculations of three-team trade deals like the one that could’ve sent Jae Crowder to the Washington Wizards in exchange for Rui Hachimura and other players.
With the trade never falling through and with a lot of time being used not trading Crowder away, a lot of fans are speculating whether Sarver having the power to make these moves has anything to do with why the Suns have yet to trade Jae Crowder to any team. When it comes to trades, finances are always at the top root of discussions and with the Suns wanting someone to help the team win now, there is going to come a player that might be on an expiring contract that cost a lot of money. Inserts Sarver who has the power to decline such offers as well as he sees fit no matter if he can’t communicate with people in the office or not.
With the Suns injured at sitting 8th seed in the Western Conference at 8-0, the time is ticking for the Suns to make a move to better the team going into the Summer and into the playoffs. And with the trade deadline ending next month on February 9th, the time to act is now.