Let’s assume the Phoenix Suns aren’t going to make a miraculous playoff run this season. Or that a disgruntled player won’t tweet while he’s at a hair salon. That doesn’t mean there aren’t a few things to look forward to the rest of the 2017-18 season. Here are five of them: February 8 trade deadline The Suns could be one of the more active teams in the days leading up to the deadline. Contending teams who need a big man would likely call about either Tyson Chandler or Greg Monroe. Jared Dudley also might be attractive for a team in search of a role player and reliable 3-point shooter. One name to keep an eye on is Troy Daniels, who has one year left on a deal that pays him a very reasonable $3.25 million in 2018-19. If rookie guard Davon Reed returns from knee surgery and shows why the Suns are so high on him as a 3-and-D guard, Daniels could be expendable. The overriding question is how much of its veteran leadership Phoenix might be willing to move in trades. Young players need guidance. Would trading, say, Chandler and Dudley, leave the Suns with too young of a team? Booker at point guard The point guard rotation has settled down as of late. Tyler Ulis is the starter, Isaiah Canaan the backup. But interim coach Jay Triano also has been shifting Devin Booker to point guard – particularly late in games – to take advantage of Booker’s play-making ability and create more spacing on the floor. Triano has said Booker’s natural position is shooting guard but also has referenced James Harden when it comes to Booker’s future potential. It will be interesting to see, then, how much true point guard Booker plays the rest of the season. Chriss and Bender One of the biggest storylines heading into the season was the development of second-year forwards Marquese Chriss and Dragan Bender.
Five things to watch from the Phoenix Suns in 2018
Arizona Central | Jan 2