The Phoenix Suns have had a rather notable weakness at point guard for the last several years, and have been unable to fix it despite repeated efforts. They’ve found themselves in the lottery once more, and at this point, point guard is the only position they haven’t invested substantial draft capital in. They’re now faced with a choice to finally do so in this year’s draft.
However, it’s not the only avenue they can take to shore up the position. RealGM reported yesterday the Suns were willing to trade the No. 6 pick for a veteran point guard. Phoenix finds themselves at a crossroads; they have tons of young talent after years of landing in the lottery, but owner Robert Sarver is getting impatient and wants his team to win now. They must now face this question, a question which may define the immediate and long-term future of the team: should they trade their pick? Let’s take a look at their options.
Keep the pick
The easiest of the available options, the Suns can always just keep the pick and invest in a long-term solution at the position who will grow alongside the plethora of young guns in Phoenix. The issue at hand is who will be available at No. 6. Ja Morant will definitely be gone, so the top PG prospect is out the window. If Darius Garland slips past the Lakers at No. 4, he’s an enticing prospect, but his defensive capabilities are suspect and the injuries are always concerning.
It’s the same with Coby White, who will definitely be available and is at the top of the second tier of point guard prospects but, as an offensive force and defensive turnstile, doesn’t fit that well with Devin Booker. This option also comes with the financial benefit of getting a potential building block on a team-controlled deal for the first four years, and the edge on an extension once the rookie contract is up.
Trade the pick for a veteran straight-up
While dependent on who the veteran is, this appears to be the most short-sighted of the available options.