Archie Goodwin requested to be traded before Phoenix Suns waived him
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Archie Goodwin requested to be traded before Phoenix Suns waived him

Archie Goodwin

Maybe it shouldn’t have been such a surprise after all.

Archie Goodwin made headlines yesterday when he was unexpectedly waived by the Phoenix Suns on the final day to make roster cuts before the start of the regular season.

Goodwin is still a young, former first-round pick who has shown promise at times, and despite the Suns’ significant backcourt depth, he didn’t seem like a candidate to get waived.

There’s more to this story.


General manager Ryan McDonough told Jon Bloom and Eddie House on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM’s Suns preseason special Monday that it was a tough decision to cut the 22-year-old but a mutual one as well.

“Not that these decisions are ever easy,” McDonough said. “We felt like we got down to 16 really good, quality NBA players. Archie and his agents for the last few months asked us to accommodate a trade request.

“With that in mind, we told Archie and his agent we’d try to help him move to a team where he’d have an opportunity and play,” the general manager added. “Unfortunately, we weren’t able to work out a deal. This time of a year, it’s hard.”

Now this makes a little more sense.

Goodwin likely knew the situation he was in, which was tough with so many other guards on the roster. It wasn’t a bad idea to request for a trade, but Phoenix just couldn’t find one for him in time.

Goodwin should find a new home soon as there are many teams that could use his services.

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