After a surprise run to the 2021 NBA Finals, the Phoenix Suns will look to build off of that success heading into next season in the hopes of hoisting the Larry O’Brien Trophy in 2022. Phoenix has already had a highly productive offseason after re-signing Chris Paul and Mikal Bridges to long-term deals and the addition of NBA champion and gold medalist JaVale McGee.
Now that they’ve taken care of their top priorities, the Suns will look to make another key signing during this free agency period. Looking to make a return to the NBA Finals and bring home the title in 2022, the Suns still have a major need to address this offseason. Having said all this, let’s take an in-depth look at the biggest needs the Suns still must address with the first week of 2021 NBA free agency in the books.
Phoenix Suns: Biggest needs left
A defensive-minded playmaker on the wing
With the Suns already boasting a ton of depth in their backcourt, adding an additional playmaker on the wing would give the Phoenix Suns a complete roster and give them depth across the board. As a top-notch defensive unit with great 3-point shooting and passing, adding some additional length, shooting, and playmaking at small or power forward would do wonders for this upstart Suns squad.
One player that would prove to be highly beneficial to their rotation would be free agent swingman Hamidou Diallo. His versatile perimeter defense paired with his playmaking, slashing, and limitless athleticism would make him an ideal fit in Monty William’s system. In Phoenix’s pass-heavy offense, Diallo could thrive and continue to expand his game while contributing to the Suns’ relentless defensive efforts.
The addition of Diallo would also gives the Suns a young point-forward with a ton of upside to his game who could play a pivotal part in their future title runs. Still just 23 years of age, Diallo is another two-way stud that could grow with the Suns and help keep them in title contention. If the Suns want to continue building for the future while contending in the present, then this a move that makes a ton of sense for them to make this offseason.
Another savvy veteran with playoff experience
The other option for the Suns could be to add veteran power forward Paul Millsap who would provide this young Suns team with defensive tenacity, leadership, and an additional scoring punch. After a highly productive 4-year stint with the Nuggets, he’ll be looking elsewhere to win a title for the first time in his long-tenured career.
Millsap would also give Phoenix another reliable veteran outside of Chris Paul, JaVale McGee, and Jae Crowder who would provide them with leadership and a sound locker room presence. In their push to repeat was Western Conference champions, snagging Millsap away from the Nuggets would be a smart move and pay huge dividends for the Suns during next year’s playoffs. If the Suns want to take things up a notch, then this is definitely a signing they should consider this summer.