Forty-five years ago, a Kennedy half-dollar twirled in the air and with it the fate of the Phoenix Suns.

Jerry Colangelo called "heads." The coin showed "tails," and the Milwaukee Bucks won the rights to the 1969 NBA draft's first pick, who would become one of the sport's all-time greats.

This year's draft might lack another Lew Alcindor, now known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, but it is hardly short on talent. As in 1969, this offseason could have a profound impact on the Suns' future, thanks to multiple draft picks and financial flexibility for the free-agent and trade ­markets.

"Having three first-round picks in this draft is really good," ESPN analyst Jay Bilas said. "It not only means you have the chance to get three really good pieces, but it means your phone's going to be ringing with other teams that are interested in getting something that you have and that are willing to give up something for it."

The Suns are hoping to build off a surprisingly ­successful 2013-14 season that saw them narrowly miss the playoffs.

They have picks No. 14, 18 and 27 in the first round and the 20th selection in the ­second. It is an abundance of riches for a draft that awards teams one pick in each of the two rounds. Their additional two were acquired in past trades.

The Suns also have more ­financial freedom than most other teams in the league, allowing them to pursue others players through trades or free agency.

Throw in a talented collection of young players that other teams covet, and you have one of the most interesting story lines of this draft.

Speculation is running rampant. Some have connected the Suns to the two most coveted players: Miami's ­LeBron James, whose agent said will become a free agent, and Minnesota's Kevin Love, a 25-year-old three-time All-Star center/power forward who has sent strong signals that he wants out of Minnesota.