Now all the Phoenix Suns need is a starting-caliber point guard.
And according to a report from ESPN, that’s exactly what the Suns will be seeking after trading point guard Brandon Knight to the Houston Rockets in a deal for forward Ryan Anderson. (Suns forward Marquese Chriss also was sent to to Houston, with rookie guard De’Anthony Melton also heading to Phoenix.)
Right now, the only point guards on the Suns’ roster are second-round pick Elie Okobo and Shaquille Harrison, who has a grand total of 23 games of NBA experience. Melton can also play the position, but is more likely to get minutes behind shooting guard Devin Booker.
Anderson is expected to start at power forward, with free-agent signee Trevor Ariza at small forward and No. 1 overall draft pick Deandre Ayton at center. Booker will start at one guard, obviously. But who starts at the other is a big, bold question mark.
Several veteran free agents remain who fit the description of “true point guard,” but most are viewed as men who are best in a reserve role — such as Mario Chalmers, Aaron Brooks, Ty Lawson, Jarrett Jack, Ramon Sessions and Jameer Nelson.
So a more likely scenario for general manager Ryan McDonough and the Suns would be to try to pull off another trade. As is usually the case this time of year, there are no shortage of rumors in relation to potentially available players.
Point guards who fall under that umbrella — Miami’s Goran Dragic (a former Sun), Milwaukee’s Matthew Dellavedova and Malcolm Brogdon, Cleveland’s George Hill, Brooklyn’s Spencer Dinwiddie, Minnesota’s Derrick Rose and Detroit’s Ish Smith.
Or as one opposing GM once said, “If you have the right salaries to match, everyone who’s not an All-Star in this league is available.”
Right now, it appears that’s all the Suns need. They need someone who is available and can help fill a need after pulling off one trade already.