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Rumors: Suns still on a Thaddeus Young trade kick

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After coming up short in the NBA Finals last season, the Phoenix Suns have kept their foot on the accelerator this offseason in hopes of getting right back to the big stage.

Priority number one for the Suns was resigning Chris Paul, which they did this offseason. Now, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Phoenix has shifted its focus to pursuing San Antonio Spurs forward Thaddeus Young.

The Suns are among the contenders who have pursued Spurs forward Thaddeus Young, sources said. San Antonio acquired Young in a sign-and-trade — along with a first-round pick and two second-round picks — and now are expected to receive strong interest in the veteran forward from competitive teams. Young averaged 12.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists while playing in 68 games (23 starts) and shooting 55.9 percent from the field a season ago.

Young was acquired by the Spurs from the Chicago Bulls in the DeMar DeRozan sign-and-trade. The draft capital in that deal is undoubtedly what interested the Spurs the most, making Young expendable. And the Suns are trying to pounce in to scoop him up.

Phoenix will return most of its core that won the Western Conference a season ago and adding Young to the rotation would be another “win now” move for the Suns as they will try to not only get back to the NBA Finals, but win the title in the 2021-22 season.

The asking price from San Antonio’s perspective will be the interesting factor as they don’t have to trade Young and shouldn’t be in any hurry to move him.