The Phoenix Suns may have already decided what to do with the number one overall pick, by drafting Arizona big man Deandre Ayton, but they are already looking at how to move up to have a second pick in the top 10.
According to Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman, the Suns “have been trying” to bring in Oklahoma Sooners guard Trae Young for a workout, and apparently could package the 16th and 31st pick along with “maybe someone like Marquese Chriss” to get into the Top 10.
Young has been linked to the New York Knicks, and a number of mocks have him going to the Orlando Magic who hold the 6th pick, but the Suns seem to have more than a passing interest in the Sooners prospect.
Suns Sign Jamal Crawford
The Phoenix Suns have added shooting guard Jamal Crawford to their backcourt as they signed the veteran to a one-year, $2.4 million deal for the veteran’s minimum, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
With the move, the Suns had to trim 3 players from their roster by the 5pm ESt deadline, and have waived guard Shaquille Harrison and forward Darrell Arthur and are shopping Davon Reed on the trade market as well.
Suns’ Devin Booker to Return Opening Night
The Phoenix Suns will start the 2018-2019 regular season with their franchise cornerstone, shooting guard Devin Booker, back on the court, according to Suns head coach Igor Kokoskov on Monday.
Booker will likely wear a splint on his pinky/ring finger after missing the entire preseason after undergoing surgery to repair an injury to the fifth metacarpophalangeal joint in his right hand in early September.
Suns’ Ryan McDonough Believes Devin Booker Can Be Like James Harden
Phoenix Suns general manager Ryan McDonough may not have a true, blue starting point guard in the fold as of yet, but he certainly believes that Devin Booker can take on more of the floor general role, pointing to Houston Rockets guard James Harden as his prototype player.
“I think, yeah, in terms of the efficiency that Harden plays with,” McDonough said, according to Evan Sidery of Bright Side of the Sun. “How he scores so efficiently from the three-point line, at the rim and the free throw line. That should be the prototype for Devin offensively, in terms of offensive efficiency.”
In fact, McDonough sees a lot of similarities between Booker and the MVP guard.
“Yeah, that’s the guy” McDonough stated.
“If you look at an offensive guard with similar size, I think at the same stage of their career, I think Devin is a little bit better of a shooter, spot-up shooter.” McDonough said. “Harden is very physically imposing. Devin’s gotten stronger, he’s only 21 years old, but if you look at Harden up-close he’s strong and physical and I think that helps getting to the basket drawing fouls. That’s a guy we certainly look at.”
Phoenix’s general manager also spoke about Booker’s continued focus on watching film from other guards in the league.
“Devin watches as much film and NBA basketball as anybody and tries to steal things, especially from the elite guards around the league, I think you’ll see some of that in the way Devin plays and develops, especially as he matures.”
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