The Phoenix Suns appear to be eyeing a major change in the backcourt alongside Devin Booker. Oklahoma City Thunder’s Chris Paul has already been linked, but could top options like Houston Rockets’ Russell Westbrook or Toronto Raptors’ Fred VanVleet be attainable this NBA offseason?
According to Action Network’s Matt Moore, the Suns have been linked to Russell Westbrook in trade talks as the Rockets navigate the trade market.
The Phoenix Suns have eyes on Fred VanVleet in free agency (or did until Westbrook came on the market). The Suns are another team that’s been linked to Westbrook talks.
If the Suns are unable to land Westbrook via trade, the Suns are expected to try to ‘outbid’ the Toronto Raptors for Fred VanVleet— making Kelly Oubre potentially available on the trade block.
If Westbrook goes elsewhere, expect the Suns to try and outbid the Raptors for FVV, if they can clear cap space. That might mean Kelly Oubre is gettable on the trade market.
With Ricky Rubio coming off a strong NBA campaign, the Suns aren’t desperate to make a change at point guard. However, doing so with the right option could help complement Devin Booker in a way necessary for a playoff push in the loaded Western Conference.
The Phoenix Suns will need to be careful with how they approach their options this NBA offseason. They’ve remained patient during the rebuilding process but a short-sighted move for an aging point guard or overpaying for the wrong talent could be potentially problematic.
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