What if Anthony Davis becomes a member of the Phoenix Suns? What if he signs a long-term deal to stay with the team? What if? Somehow, by a mixture of happenstance and coincidence, it’s a possibility. Go with me here.
Anthony Davis has a connection with Monty Williams and Jeff Bowers. The New Orleans Pelicans have a new General Manager, David Griffin, who spent 17 years with the Phoenix Suns with positions ranging from intern to Senior VP of Basketball Operations. Alvin Gentry used to coach the Suns. Again. Go with me here.
The Phoenix Suns, for the first time since the mid-2000s, have tradable assets. Deandre Ayton averaged a double-double in his rookie season. Josh Jackson has proven to be a serviceable defensive player with glimpses of offensive upside. Pretty much, everybody is up for grabs not named Devin Booker. Aside from the players on the current roster, there’s those ping pong balls. Those daunting, scary, exciting, potentially franchise path-altering ping pong balls.
May 14th has a long to do with this theory. If the Suns get slated with a top-3 pick for the 2019 NBA Draft, my theory about Anthony Davis may actually be in play. It comes down to one simple question: would the New Orleans Pelicans be open to trading their star for a package including Deandre Ayton, the Suns lottery pick, and a couple other ancillary pieces not named Devin Booker?
Even though there’s injury concern and questions about Davis and his willingness to sign a long-term deal with the Suns if he were to be traded, it’s a situation that’s in an atmosphere where the Phoenix Suns don’t normally preside: an atmosphere that would yield a positive future for the franchise.
Far fetched? Absolutely. Plausible location for a superstar especially if the Golden State Warriors disband and disperse talent across the league which levels the playing field for the NBA as a whole? Hell yes. Either way, it’ll be a fun offseason for the Phoenix Suns.