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Mock Trade sends guard to Phoenix Suns

The Phoenix Suns’ pursuit of a first NBA title in franchise history this season will be marred by a perceived lack of flexibility, a first-round pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves and persistent trade rumors surrounding the star-studded core.

Nevertheless, despite all the outside noise, the Suns are moving forward, and the paths to tangible improvements are clearer compared to what some national pundits would have you believe.

Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report suggested the Suns move the No. 22 pick in this year’s draft and sharpshooter Damion Lee to the Detroit Pistons for G Marcus Sasser.

The reason for the transaction on both sides is below:

The Suns essentially spent last season without a point guard, which was one of the many reasons why their whole never added up to (let alone exceeded) the sum of its parts. New head coach Mike Budenholzer doesn’t seem enthusiastic about the idea of ​​trying that again.

“There’s no doubt we have to look at the entire roster and talk about point guard,” he told reporters. “…We have to think about it. We have to be able to play without it. We probably need one.”

It won’t be easy to find one given the club’s limited budget (in trade or free agency), but perhaps this offer could pique the Pistons’ interest. The No. 22 could prove to be a better fit than Sasser (who might be a bit redundant with Jaden Ivey around), and a healthy Lee could alleviate some of their shooting concerns with his career splash percentage of 37.9 per cent.

Meanwhile, Phoenix would land a 23-year-old who shot just 37.5 percent from distance while nearly tripling his turnovers (1.3) with assists (3.3) as a rookie on a brutally bad team.

Zach Buckley

It would certainly make sense for the Suns to make the move for a sharp-shooting guard who doesn’t want turnovers and who has experience on a winning team. Sasser was the best player at a first-seeded University of Houston in 2022-2023.

However, the 22nd pick could be used on a big man like Indiana’s Kel’el Ware or Baylor’s Yves Missi – which could be a wiser use of a first-round pick that will likely be the franchise’s highest pick in a certain time.

Sasser is undeniably a solid player and would fit well into the core of the roster, but the Suns need to exhaust all options before making a final decision on an issue of this magnitude.

The Suns are ineligible to trade either the 24 or 2,031 first-round picks until draft night, which will take place on June 26.