Rumor: Phoenix has tried to trade for Damian Lillard, Kemba Walker, Terry Rozier
The Phoenix Suns just made a trade for Ryan Anderson and De’Anthony Melton, but they’re still looking to make a move for a top-notch point guard. In a bid to get back to being a contender in a much stronger Western Conference, the team has reportedly pursued Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard, Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker and Boston Celtics postseason hero Terry Rozier.
Arizona Sports’ John Gambadoro tweeted out this interesting development:
“Suns have definitely been trying to trade for a front tier point guard – Lillard, Walker, Rozier – but to no avail. Situation at point guard now is not ideal and Phoenix will have to make a trade but Milwaukee pick that they own is not that valuable.”
With young guns Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton now partnered with an influx of savvy veterans in Anderson, Trevor Ariza and Tyson Chandler, the team looks solid at just about every position except the point guard spot.
Currently, they have Melton, Shaq Harrison, Elie Okobo and Isaiah Canaan at the position. All of these guys are unproven, or, in Canaan’s case, simply a role player. Booker can handle some point guard duties as well, but having a better long-term option is ideal.
It’s unclear what the Suns have offered in any of these potential deals. Booker and Ayton are obviously untouchables at this point, but young pieces like Josh Jackson, Dragan Bender, T.J. Warren and Mikal Bridges could be on the table. Perhaps Okobo as well, in addition to the Bucks pick Gambadoro mentioned.
Sun general manager Ryan McDonough will continue to work the phones in search of that upgrade. Phoenix is trying to make a big leap in 2018-19, but that will be difficult, new stud point guard or not, in a loaded West.