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Mike Budenholzer, James Jones spotted at NBA draft combine

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New Phoenix Suns coach Mike Budenholzer and general manager James Jones were spotted at the NBA draft combine in Chicago yesterday.

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Phoenix currently has the No. 22 overall pick in this year’s draft.

The Suns will hold an introductory press conference on Friday for Budenholzer, who was officially hired on Saturday to replace Frank Vogel. Vogel was fired a week and a half after the Suns were swept in the first round of p0layoffs by the Minnesota Timberwolves after one season with the team.

The Suns are able to trade this year’s pick and also gain the ability to trade their 2031 first-round pick on day of the first round of the NBA Draft (June 26).

There are a lot of rumors that the Suns might shop both of these picks, especially after this quote from owner Mat Ishbia a couple weeks ago.

“If fans like to look in the future and say, ‘Hey, I really like that 2031 draft pick, because maybe that seventh-grader is gonna be really good and we’re gonna draft them and one day he’s gonna be a player,’ you ain’t going to like the Phoenix Suns,” Ishbia said. “Because we’re gonna say, ‘Draft picks are to get great players.’”

However, even though this draft has been noted as one of the worst in a long time, there could be some good options for the Suns.

Phoenix has a lot of obvious needs, such as a point guard, athletic wing/forward and rim-protecting center. A serviceable point guard might be tough to get this late in the draft, but in recent years, we have seen success of drafting bigs that can make an impact right away (i.e. Dereck Lively, Mark Williams, Walker Kessler) in the middle of the first round, as well as experienced wings (i.e. Christian Braun and Jaime Jacquez Jr.).

Click here to see who some mock drafts have Phoenix taking if the Suns keep this pick.

Who mock drafts have the Suns taking after the lottery

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Brendan Mau is a senior writer covering the Phoenix Suns and more for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on X via @Brendan_Mau


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