McDonough: Suns unlikely to make major deal

Suns GM Ryan McDonough plans to interview potential coaches during the offseason.

The Phoenix Suns pulled off one of the season’s blockbusters, but don’t expect more, general manager Ryan McDonough said, via the Arizona Republic.

“If we do make a move, it will be positionally to fill a short-term need,” McDonough said.“There’s nobody we can sign or trade for that’s going to come close to replicating half of Devin Booker’s production. Nobody out there is 22 years old and like Davon Reed, who we’re really high on. So we’re most excited about getting those guys back [from injuries].”

The Suns sent Eric Bledsoe to the Milwaukee Bucks in early November, receiving center Greg Monroe in return. There has been talk that Monroe, and perhaps veteran center Tyson Chandler, could be available.

That is especially the case when you consider the Suns have three centers, including Alex Len, in a league that seems to be getting smaller and quicker.

“I get that it’s a challenge for Coach [Jay] Triano and his staff [to find minutes for all three], but at the same time that’s what good teams do,” McDonough said. “They have depth and balance and manage the minutes and manage the situation even if it’s not perfect for anybody involved.”

The trade deadline is Feb. 8 this — the earliest its been in the modern NBA. It will take place before All-Star Weekend for the first time.

1 Comment on "McDonough: Suns unlikely to make major deal"

  1. Shane Christensen | December 15, 2017 at 5:40 am |

    I’m not buying it. Monroe and Len are on expiring contracts and will be too tempting for contenders to pass up on as a playoff rental at the deadline. More picks/assets as returns on a Len/Monroe deal equals a better chance to move up, if necessary, to secure a Bagley/Ayton/Bamba as their center of the future.

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