Phoenix targeting Patrick Beverley, Cory Joseph and Spencer Dinwiddie
The Phoenix Suns are are on a quest for a starting point guard. The Suns are reportedly interested in the services of Patrick Beverley, Cory Joseph and Spencer Dinwiddie. The team traded away Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss in a deal with the Houston Rockets to acquire Ryan Anderson and De’Athony Melton last month.
Melton, Elie Okobo and Isaiah Canaan are the point guards currently on their roster.
Canaan is the only player in this group with real NBA experience. While Melton and Okobo have promise, Suns are more interested in proven veterans. Patrick Beverly only played 11 games for the Los Angeles Clippers last season before suffering from a microfracture and a torn meniscus that ended his season last year.
The Clippers are a guard heavy team that traded another defensive guard in Avery Bradley last season. Bradley, Lou Williams, Milos Teodosic and recent 2018 first-rounder Shai Gilegeous-Alexander will make minutes hard to come by.
Cory Joseph was one of the league’s best sixth men last year for the Indiana Pacers. However, they recently drafted Aaron Holiday out of UCLA. The two will probably battle it out for backup point guard minutes. Spencer Dinwiddie averaged 12.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 6.5 assists in his best season yet for the Brooklyn Nets last year. He saw a dramatic increase in minutes due to the absence of D’Angelo Russell, but he proved he is capable of running his own team.
The Suns finished dead last in the Eastern Conference last year but have added promising wing players in Trevor Ariza and 2018 first-round pick Mikal Bridges. They also added the No. 1 overall pick in the the 2018 NBA Draft, Deandre Ayton. The Suns are still years away from being a playoff contender, but adding a quality starting point guard will surely help them improve upon last season’s performance.