Suns inquiring around the league about point guards
According to ESPN’s Chad Ford the Suns are apparently in the market for a point guard. Why when they have arguably one of the best back court duos in the league today? That’s a question Chad and other GM’s are scratching their heads and wondering as well. As a guest of Bickley and Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Monday, Ford said that’s led to some intriguing conversations around the league.
“Who knows what to read into it, but they’ve been calling around asking teams about point guards. The only two things that you can read into that is either one, they’re going to explore trading Dragic, or two, they’re anxious about paying Bledsoe that much money despite the fact that he had a terrific season this year for Phoenix and they’re looking for other options now. A lot of intrigue going on with Phoenix. There’s been a lot of general managers calling me and saying why is Phoenix looking for point guards.”
Perhaps the contract situations for both stars is something that concerns the Suns management? But it has been said by the front office that they want to keep their back court together especially after the way they excelled on the court together this past season.
Goran Dragic is 28 and just entering his prime after he had the best season of his career when he averaged 20.3 points, 5.9 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game. He was named to the All-NBA Third Team and also won the NBA’s Most Improved Player after nearly leading the team to the playoffs for the first time since 2010.
Eric Bledsoe is only 24 and started his first season as a full-time starter and averaged 17.7 points, 5.5 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game. Injuries held him out of 39 games allowing him to only play in just 43 games. That possibly prevented him from breaking out even further and proving he deserves a maximum-level contract, in which he may still get one in despite of the fact.
Therefore it’s no secret that Bledsoe is due for a big payday this offseason and Dragic will be due the same in a year or two. One thing is clear that they make a formidable “one-two” punch and it would be a shame to break them up. If they are able to acquire another star player to play in the front court they would be a force to be reckoned with not just in the West but the entire league.
It could also be genius GM Ryan McDonough just doing his due diligence in evaluating the potential trade market for his two best players in the event he could walk away with a package too sweet to turn down. Only time will tell and with the draft just one day away and free agency five days after, let the games begin.
Phoenix Sports-Kings Contributor, Manuel Childs