Suns ‘unlikely’ to trade top overall pick, unless for young star
The Phoenix Suns walked away from the NBA Draft Lottery as the big winners, garnering the top overall pick. While the decision that awaits the franchise is crucial in nature, there’s very little chance that the organization ends up trading it.
“I think it’s very unlikely that we would trade [the pick],” general manager Ryan McDonough told reporters after the lottery, saying the only chance the Suns would, was for an “established young star.”
“Obviously getting the top pick in this draft with all the talent and all the different options, boy, I’m getting emotional. It was special. It was cool.”
The Suns will have a tough choice within acquiring Arizona center DeAndre Ayton or Slovenian phenom Luka Doncic, who is highly regarded by new coach Igor Kokoskov, who has worked with him in the past.
Phoenix has needed a presence on the block for a while now, after playing musical chairs with veteran Tyson Chandler, and young players like Alex Len, Alan Williams, and Dragan Bender.
Yet, the cohesiveness with a special player like Doncic is tempting, though it would represent a puzzling move, a year after drafting a small forward in Josh Jackson, who played out of position for half of the season.
The Suns are committed to grow through their youth, and are unwilling to change that mindset. Most teams wouldn’t be willing to swap their very own homegrown products for a chance at a draft pick, but stranger things have happened come draft time.