Does this trade make sense for the Phoenix Suns?
Quite honestly, it does not make much sense for the Suns to trade for Robert Covington in general, not just with this trade scenario. Covington is now 30-years-old and entering the final year of his contract next season, not to mention, he plays the same position as Jae Crowder.
Investing young assets and a second-round pick in him for one season does not make much sense, especially given the upside that both Cameron Johnson and Jalen Smith offer to the Suns moving forward.
Johnson has already begun to step into a bigger role and looks to be a big part of their bench moving forward and the Suns drafted Smith with the intent that he could be a key contributor in their system next to DeAndre Ayton for a long-time to come.
Giving up on their long-term plan now just to add a role player does not make much sense, which is why trading for Robert Covington could negatively impact the Suns. Phoenix is just better off retaining what they have now and finding more ways to add key talents to their roster in order to compete for championships without giving up any of their young core.