The Phoenix Suns shocked the world again by trading for Bradley Beal.
It’s not that Beal wasn’t a player worth pursuing, as much as trading for him could backfire tremendously in terms of roster-building.
Also, the Washington Wizards couldn’t even get a first-round pick for Beal, which speaks volumes about his terrible and potentially-toxic contract.
However, NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski explains that Suns owner Mat Ishbia is willing to go the extra mile to win a championship right now, knowing that their title window could close quite soon.
“[The Suns] are trying to win a championship now. … They have, certainly, three of the great offensive weapons in the NBA right now together.”
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) June 19, 2023
This move is set to make Beal the third scoring option behind Durant and Devin Booker, and the Suns will now only have four players under contract for the upcoming season.
Wojnarowski also said that he fully expects Deandre Ayton to be the Suns’ starting center next season, as his trade market has been quite silent thus far.
Ayton played his way into a big contract last offseason but has shown a consistent and worrisome lack of effort on both ends of the glass, especially come playoff time, and some teams question his motor and feel for the game, especially after getting paid.
Given the new CBA, the Suns will now be extremely limited in trying to put more depth around their stars and will most likely have to fill their roster with veteran minimum contracts.
Add the fact that Beal and Durant are coming off back-to-back injury-riddled seasons and the Suns might not be a better team today than they were two days ago.NEXT: Chris Paul Makes A Statement About His Future With Suns