2 trades Suns must make to get back to NBA Finals and win title
After being just two games away from their first NBA title in franchise history, the Phoenix Suns fell to the Milwaukee Bucks after losing a commanding lead in the series. With the Suns looking to bounce back next season, they also have some tough decisions to make with key rotation players Cameron Payne and Torrey Craig set to be free agents and floor general Chris Paul looking to opt out for a long-term deal.
Considering what they just accomplished in their first year together, it is widely expected that Paul will run it back with the Suns next season. But aside from that, they still have some areas of weaknesses to cater to this offseason. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the two trades the Suns must make to get back to the NBA Finals and win the title.
Myles Turner for DeAndre Ayton
Now, this may seem like a crazy trade scenario, especially considering how much DeAndre Ayton’s game improved this season while playing alongside Paul. However, in the last three games of the NBA Finals, Ayton went ice cold and was outplayed on both ends of the floor by Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. For all his efforts and vast improvement, they still weren’t enough to get the Suns over the hump.
In Myles Turner, the Suns would get a multi-skilled combo big that could elevate their play on both ends of the floor. With his ability to play forward and center, Turner would give the Suns great floor spacing and create more scoring opportunities for Paul, Devin Booker, and Mikal Bridges. Turner’s shot-blocking, three-point shooting, and stellar rebounding would transform the Suns into an electric two-way squad that could win it all.
On the flip side, the Pacers get a young and developing center in Ayton who’s still got plenty of upside. Plus, with Domantas Sabonis’ rise to stardom, Ayton would give the Pacers a formidable frontcourt pairing that would dominate down low and make them unstoppable on the boards. With this deal, the Suns inch even closer to their long-awaited NBA title while the Pacers change up their roster and gain an exciting new frontcourt.
TJ Warren for Mikal Bridges
This is another deal with the Pacers where the Suns could improve their shooting and perimeter defense. In this trade, they’d be getting an elite scorer and wing defender in TJ Warren who would provide them with another enforcer outside of Jae Crowder. With his ability to play small or power forward, Warren gives the Suns great defensive versatility on the perimeter.
Add to that his silky-smooth jumper, giving the team a limitless amount of scoring. Warren also wouldn’t find it hard to adjust since he already played five seasons for the Suns, including a breakout season in 2017-2018.
For the Pacers, Mikal Bridges gives them more length, athleticism, and reliable three-point shooting. With his active hands and length, he would disrupt the passing lanes and give the Pacers a steady 3-and-D player who can knock down big shots for them in clutch situations.