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2 unrealistic trades Suns must try to make in 2022 NBA offseason

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The Phoenix Suns enjoyed a fantastic 2021-2022 regular season that saw them finish with the NBA’s best overall record. But they suffered a number of injuries in the playoffs and ultimately lost in the West Semifinals. After losing in the NBA Finals the season before, this is a team desperate for a championship. Their desire to win has fans discussing dream trade scenarios. Today, we are taking a look at 2 unrealistic trades the Suns should make during the 2022 NBA offseason.

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2 unrealistic trades Suns must try to make in 2022 NBA offseason

Acquire Kevin Durant… while keeping Devin Booker

Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer reported that the Nets would only trade Kevin Durant to Phoenix if Devin Booker was apart of the return package.

“From Brooklyn’s perspective, sources said, there’s no deal to land Durant in Phoenix that doesn’t start with sending back Devin Booker to Barclays Center. The Suns, of course, would likely hold the line firm. But early indications are the Nets brass is not particularly inclined to take a sign-and-trade that brings back unrestricted free agent Deandre Ayton.”

The idea of KD going to Phoenix isn’t unrealistic. But pairing Durant alongside Booker seems unlikely as of now. Trading Booker became even more unrealistic after he recently received a $214 super max deal from the Suns as well as being named 2K23 NBA cover athlete.

So who does Phoenix offer in this trade scenario?

Mikal Bridges would likely be the starting point. The defensive maestro is set to make over $20 million this season. He has a rising contract that will increase through 2026. Other fairly large contracts include Jae Crowder, Dario Saric, and of course Chris Paul. But the Suns are believed to be keeping CP3.

One interesting idea is a sign-and-trade with Deandre Ayton. Yes, the above report states Brooklyn wouldn’t be “particularly inclined” to make that deal. However, it could come to fruition with the right pieces/picks attached.

Many NBA experts have stated that Phoenix would rather pull off a sign-and-trade with the Ayton than lose him outright in free agency. So he could become the centerpiece in a Kevin Durant trade.

Yes, acquiring Durant without Booker seems unrealistic… but it is not impossible.

Kyrie Irving

This is even more unrealistic than a Kevin Durant deal. First off, the Suns have Chris Paul at point guard. So they would either have to include CP3 in a deal or utilize a two-guard set between Kyrie Irving and Paul.

Irving hasn’t been connected to the Suns either. KD actually had Phoenix as one of his preferred trade destinations. But just take a moment and imagine Kyrie Irving in Phoenix.

The Suns have obviously dealt with their share of postseason issues over the past few years. Irving could step in and help them reach the next level. He is a player who knows what it takes to win. Sure, Irving is a controversial player and person at times. However, he lives for the big moment.

Utilizing a Deandre Ayton sign-and-trade option would probably the best course of action in acquiring Irving. But getting the Nets to bite could prove to be difficult. Phoenix also could trade Paul and then attempt to extend Kyrie Irving after acquiring him.

Again, this is certainly an unrealistic scenario. But desperate times call for desperate measures. And this is a Suns organization searching for a way to win the NBA Finals. Kyrie Irving would help them do just that.