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Suns want to get stars

 


via Hoopsworld

Goran is so Gangsta!!

The Suns want stars. Isn’t the sun a star? Not in the NBA..

Despite being a leading tanker, Phoenix GM says they are just gathering assets to take advantage of disgruntled stars or capped out teams. Like Houston taking Harden, for example.

Good plan. But you can always say that there was no opportunity..we’ll just stay put and tank.

per Hoopsworld:

 

New Suns’ GM Ryan McDonough understands how the NBA works. You are either drafting your next star or leveraging your draft picks to trade for one. With a pocketful of picks and young players on rookie deals McDonough likes his options.

“We could have as many as three [picks] next year and two the year after,” McDonough said to Adam Green of ArizonaSports.com.

“When teams have maybe a disgruntled superstar, what are they looking for in return? Well, they’re looking for picks, that’s what they want.

“I think we’re well positioned to strike if and when the next disgruntled superstar becomes available.”

If that “disgruntled” star doesn’t materialize McDonough has the fall back of the talent that those draft picks could inject into his team.

McDonough has already flipped one of his veterans for some youth and draft picks sending Luis Scola to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for Gerald Green and Miles Plumlee and a lottery protected first round draft pick next summer.

In talking with Arizona Sports 620′s Burns and Gambo, McDonough said he was excited about what both players brought to the team.

“Miles Plumlee looked very good for the Pacers Summer League for the second year in a row,” McDonough said. “He’s a good rebounder going back to his days at Duke.

“I like his character, rebounding and athleticism and think he will fit right in.”

As for Green: “We (Celtics) drafted him in summer of 2005,” McDonough said. “He always had athleticism and scoring ability, but needed to mature, which he has.

“He had a very good year with the Nets two years ago, but didn’t play well last year with the Pacers, which I think was a product of the system. An exciting athlete that can run shoot and jump. So yes, both guys can play significant roles next year.”

The Suns are currently sitting at $58.403 million in salary commitments and have eight players on rookie scale contracts including this year’s draft picks Alex Len and Archie Goodwin.

The Suns own their own first round pick this year and are owed a lottery protected first rounder from Minnesota that was part of the Robin Lopez trade last year. They are owed a lottery protected first rounder from Indiana as part of the Luis Scola trade.

The Suns are also owed a 2015 conditional second rounder from Milwaukee as part of the Eric Bledsoe trade this summer.

The Suns are also owed the Lakers 2015 first rounder that is top-three protected as part of the Steve Nash sign-and-trade.

The Suns also have just $14.112 million in salary guarantees next summer, but have four team options to decide on this offseason and three players eligible for qualifying offers next summer including point guard Eric Bledsoe.

New Suns’ GM Ryan McDonough understands how the NBA works. You are either drafting your next star or leveraging your draft picks to trade for one. With a pocketful of picks and young players on rookie deals McDonough likes his options.

“We could have as many as three [picks] next year and two the year after,” McDonough said to Adam Green of ArizonaSports.com.

“When teams have maybe a disgruntled superstar, what are they looking for in return? Well, they’re looking for picks, that’s what they want.

“I think we’re well positioned to strike if and when the next disgruntled superstar becomes available.”

If that “disgruntled” star doesn’t materialize McDonough has the fall back of the talent that those draft picks could inject into his team.

McDonough has already flipped one of his veterans for some youth and draft picks sending Luis Scola to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for Gerald Green and Miles Plumlee and a lottery protected first round draft pick next summer.

In talking with Arizona Sports 620′s Burns and Gambo, McDonough said he was excited about what both players brought to the team.

“Miles Plumlee looked very good for the Pacers Summer League for the second year in a row,” McDonough said. “He’s a good rebounder going back to his days at Duke.

“I like his character, rebounding and athleticism and think he will fit right in.”

As for Green: “We (Celtics) drafted him in summer of 2005,” McDonough said. “He always had athleticism and scoring ability, but needed to mature, which he has.

“He had a very good year with the Nets two years ago, but didn’t play well last year with the Pacers, which I think was a product of the system. An exciting athlete that can run shoot and jump. So yes, both guys can play significant roles next year.”

The Suns are currently sitting at $58.403 million in salary commitments and have eight players on rookie scale contracts including this year’s draft picks Alex Len and Archie Goodwin.

The Suns own their own first round pick this year and are owed a lottery protected first rounder from Minnesota that was part of the Robin Lopez trade last year. They are owed a lottery protected first rounder from Indiana as part of the Luis Scola trade.

The Suns are also owed a 2015 conditional second rounder from Milwaukee as part of the Eric Bledsoe trade this summer.

The Suns are also owed the Lakers 2015 first rounder that is top-three protected as part of the Steve Nash sign-and-trade.

The Suns also have just $14.112 million in salary guarantees next summer, but have four team options to decide on this offseason and three players eligible for qualifying offers next summer including point guard Eric Bledsoe.



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