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The Phoenix Suns are trying to get to the point, and doing so in an active manner.
According to John Gambadoro of ArizonaSports.com, the Suns have talked about point guards Patrick Beverley of the Los Angles Clippers, Cory Joseph of the Indiana Pacers and Spencer Dinwiddie of the Brooklyn Nets as trade-target possibilities.
Phoenix’s need for a point guard became a focal point after it dealt Brandon Knight to the Houston Rockets on Aug. 30, leaving Isaiah Canaan, Shaquille Harrison, De’Anthony Melton and Elie Okobu as the point guards on the Suns’ roster.
Beverley, Joseph and Dinwiddie are all on contracts that will expire after this season, increasing the likelihood they could be moved should the right deal is presented.
The 30-year-old Beverley underwent microfracture and meniscus knee surgery in November after only 11 games and averaging 12.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists as the starter for the Clippers. He was fully cleared in June.
Regarded as an excellent defender, the six-year veteran is also an effective shooter from deep. In 5.5 3-point attempts per game last season, Beverley shot 40.0 percent.
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound former Rocket has one season left on a non-guaranteed deal for just more than $5 million.
With Los Angeles matching an offer sheet from the New Orleans Pelicans for point guard Tyrone Wallace on Wednesday, the Clippers have 17 players under contract on their roster, meaning they will have to move two of them.
Los Angeles’ backcourt now includes NBA Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams, Avery Bradley, first-round draft selections Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jerome Robinson, Jawun Evans, Milos Teodosic, Sindarius Thornwell and Beverley.
One of the best sixth men in the league, Joseph, a former Toronto Raptor and San Antonio Spur, averaged 7.9 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.0 steals in his first season with the Pacers a year ago, playing in all 82 games, including 17 starts.
The 6-3, 193-pound 27-year-old, who will make $7.9 million this season, has played 79 or more games in each of the past four seasons.
The Pacers pushed eventual Eastern Conference champion Cleveland to a Game 7 in the first round of the playoffs. They drafted former UCLA point guard Aaron Holiday in the first round of the draft June 21 with the 23rd overall selection and have brought back starting point guard Darren Collison.
At 25, Dinwiddie is the youngest of the three possibilities Gambadoro mentioned, while also the least-expensive, entering the final season of a contract that calls for him to make only $1.6 million.
Starting 58 of the 80 games in which he played for Brooklyn last season, the 6-6, 200-pound Dinwiddie averaged career-highs of 12.6 points, 3.2 boards and 6.6 dimes for the Nets.
Previously, Gambadoro reported the Suns had discussed Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers, Kemba Walker of the Charlotte Hornets and Terry Rozier of the Boston Celtics as possible trade targets.