The Phoenix Suns, like most teams in the NBA, are doing what is necessary to prepare for the upcoming free-agency period.
Scott Bordow of The Arizona Republic reports the Suns are likely to renounce free agents Elfrid Payton and Alex Len.
Payton was up and down for the Suns after being acquired in a midseason deal with the Orlando Magic. He carries a cap hold of $10 million. Len is no longer in the team’s plans with the drafting of Deandre Ayton with the No. 1 overall selection Thursday night.
Bordow also writes Phoenix is expected to part ways with center Alan Williams, who has a non-guaranteed contract that calls for $5.52 million for next season. He could be re-signed or traded.
The Suns also have non-guaranteed contracts that could be jettisoned with Tyler Ulis ($1.54 million) and Shaquille Harrison ($1.38 million). David Reed’s contract calls for $1.38 million, with $689,212 guaranteed. The Suns have until Sunday to decide on Ulis’ deal.
All of which could provide Phoenix with up to $20 million to spend on free agents, with the top targets expected to be a point guard and a 3-and-D power forward.
Bordow mentions Patrick Beverley of the Clippers, Marcus Smart of the Celtics, Zach LaVine of the Bulls, Fred VanVleet of the Raptors and Dante Exum of the Jazz as backcourt possibilities, with Derrick Favors of the Jazz, Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute of the Rockets, Jabari Parker of the Bucks, Thaddeus Young of the Pacers, Rudy Gay of the Spur and Ersan Ilyasova of the 76ers as power-forward targets.
If the Suns can land a power forward, Bordow writes the Suns could look to move either Dragan Bender or Marquese Chriss.