Why the Suns are finally taking the first steps toward trading Thomas, Clark
After trading two of their best players, the Suns will now focus on making sure they acquire a starter to step in for injured star Devin Booker.
“We’re going to be looking at every single position on the roster,” Suns GM Ryan McDonough said Wednesday during a conference call with reporters.
“I don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, but we’ll be looking to do everything we can to help our team win.”
The Suns have two roster spots open with Booker likely to return after missing the final nine games with a sprained right ankle.
McDonoh said they’re also still open to adding a big man to help shore up a frontcourt that includes rookie point guard Tyler Ulis and point guard Alex Len, who will be in the NBA by year’s end.
Len will be an unrestricted free agent after this season, and Ulis will likely be a restricted free agent once he’s a free agent.
“It’s always a little bit easier to get into the free agency pool than it is to get in the lottery pool,” McDonogh said.
“The difference is that we can’t have our guy not playing, we can have our player not playing and we can put in a plan to get him.”
Len is averaging 16.9 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game in 32.3 minutes this season.
Len averaged 16.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per contest in 33.6 minutes last season.
The Suns also could be looking for help on the wing with Devin Booker, a rookie out of UCLA, expected to miss the final 10 games of the season with a fractured right tibia.
The team could also use some help at power forward with Tyson Chandler, a second-round pick in 2017, out for the season.
Mcdonough said they’ll also look to add a veteran scorer and center.
“They’re going in a very different direction, so it’s a lot of different pieces,” he said.