Best trades all 29 teams can offer Suns for No. 1 pick in 2018 NBA Draft
26. Oklahoma City Thunder
Suns receive: Carmelo Anthony, Steven Adams, future 1st-round pick
No matter which combination of players the Oklahoma City Thunder can offer the Suns, it’s impossible for them to put together a package of players that will be commensurate to the number one pick in this year’s NBA Draft. The best that OKC can do is send Carmelo Anthony (if he waives his no-trade clause), Steven Adams, and a future 1st-round pick in exchange. Anthony is too old and too stubborn to make an impact next season and Adams isn’t going to make anyone think that he is as good as Ayton.
Sorry, OKC, but even if you offer Russell Westbrook, I doubt the Suns will even look twice at your offer.
25. Miami Heat
Suns receive: Hassan Whiteside, Josh Richardson, two future 1st-round picks
Hassan Whiteside is on the trading block after a disappointing season that saw the talented but temperamental center sitting on the Miami Heat bench a lot during the playoffs.
According to Palm Beach Post’s Tom D’Angelo, who was writing about the first round of this year’s playoffs, Whiteside’s trade value has declined.
“Whiteside’s trade value is at an all-time low. The Heat’s highest paid player is due $52.5 million the next two years, the final two of the $98 million deal he signed two summers ago. And while that value declined this season it has nosedived during the playoffs as he is averaging just 6.0 points and 6.3 rebounds in the first four games against the Sixers.
But that does not mean Pat Riley will give up on trying to move the 7-footer. Whether it takes adding a .sweetener to the deal – perhaps Josh Richardson or Justise Winslow – or taking back another team’s disgruntled high-priced player or even a bad contract, the Heat will do all it can to trade Whiteside. And it might even mean just packaging him for the purpose freeing up some cap space. But Miami would have to trade more than just Whiteside to gain any significant money seeing it enters the summer about $17 million over the cap.”
If Whiteside had developed into an All-Star player, the Suns could have listened to this offer. Alas, things didn’t happen that way for the Heat.
The key to the Suns accepting this trade isn’t Whiteside, but Richardson — who has the potential to be a special player. Adding future first rounders won’t be enough, too. And lastly, even the benefit of getting rid of Brandon Knight’s contract along with the first pick isn’t going to cut it for the Suns.