The Phoenix Suns are feeling the heat of the pressure to contend for a championship. After all, they have gone all-in over the past two seasons, mortgaging their future after trading away a ton of future draft picks and pick swaps to bring in Kevin Durant and Bradley Beal. All they have to show for their All-Star trio of Durant, Beal, and Devin Booker so far is a first-round exit, and a sweep at that.

In the aftermath of a disappointing season, the Suns decided to fire Frank Vogel, who lasted just one season in the Valley, to bring in another championship-winning head coach in Mike Budenholzer. Budenholzer transformed the Milwaukee Bucks and unlocked their championship potential, and the Suns brass hopes he can do the same for their team.

But one question surrounding the Suns roster is how they will handle the point guard situation. After they traded away Chris Paul, Devin Booker has functioned as their floor general; Booker averaged a career-high in assists this past season, but there might be merit to the idea of bringing in a true point guard given how Booker and the Suns flourished with a floor general of Paul's caliber. Nonetheless, for Budenholzer, he wants the team to be flexible enough that they can succeed regardless of what they do to address their situation at the point.

“There’s no doubt we need to look at the whole roster and talk about point guard. I’m sure it’s a hot button here… we need to think about it,” Budenholzer told reporters, via Gerald Bourguet of PHNX Sports. “We need to be able to play without one. We probably need to be able to have one. We need to be versatile… I think the point guard position has a place. We're gonna talk about it.”

The only true point guard the Suns employed on the roster throughout the 2023-24 season were Jordan Goodwin, Saben Lee, and Isaiah Thomas. Phoenix traded Goodwin away in the Royce O'Neale deal, Lee can be a blur getting to the hoop but his shooting needs a lot of work, and at this point, Thomas is more of a locker-room presence than an on-court contributor.

Alas, the Suns' options to fill the point guard position may be limited given that they will most definitely be a team that breaches the second tax apron. This subjects the Suns to a ton of roster-building restrictions, which will make it even more difficult for Mike Budenholzer and company to address this roster need.

What are the Suns' PG options this offseason?

Three second tax apron restrictions will be especially backbreaking to the Suns this offseason. For starters, the Suns cannot take in more salary than they give out in a trade. And then to make things worse, they cannot combine the salaries of two players. Thus, they cannot, say, combine Grayson Allen's contract with Nassir Little's to acquire a point guard that's making $18 to $20 million (Collin Sexton, for example).

And then, in free agency, it's not like the Suns could go shopping. They do not have the mid-level exception available to them due to the tax restrictions, which means that they will be restricted to signing players to the veteran minimum to fill the roster.

To that end, they may have a few players they could target to help ease the ballhandling and playmaking burden on the Suns' trio of stars. A player they could convince to go to the Valley is Kyle Lowry, the 38-year old point guard who won't command more than the minimum for next season. However, Lowry last played for his hometown team, the Philadelphia 76ers, so he might prefer to stay there.

Lowry, however, cannot shoulder a heavy workload anymore. And for such a top-heavy roster, the Suns will need the point guard they'll bring in to be capable of suiting up night-in, night-out.

Perhaps another 76ers guard, Cameron Payne, could be helpful for the Suns. Payne was a member of the Suns team that made it all the way to the NBA Finals in 2021, so he has existing synergy with Devin Booker, which can only help.

Other options the Suns could look at are Dennis Smith Jr., Delon Wright, Kris Dunn or maybe even Spencer Dinwiddie. Smith, Wright, and Dunn are near guarantees to be available for the veteran minimum, and they can provide them with strong defense at the point of attack.

But the intriguing option here is Dinwiddie; Dinwiddie has the most shot-creating and playmaking ability out of the bunch, but his stock has fallen precipitously. Could Phoenix be the place where he rehabilitates his career? Will he be willing to accept the veteran minimum?