The Phoenix Suns are in a very similar position on the NBA totem pole as the Los Angeles Lakers. Both teams are at the bottom of the league, as they have both been the two last place teams in the Western Conference the last two seasons. Incidentally, Los Angeles has owned the second overall pick the last three NBA Drafts and the Suns have picked fourth the last two.
Because of that, both teams are filled with a surplus of young talent that are still finding their footing. Lonzo Ball was drafted this season to take D’Angelo Russell’s place in the young trio including Julius Randle and Brandon Ingram. In shipping Russell off, the Lakers got their established star in Brook Lopez.
The Suns’ established star is Eric Bledsoe. Bledsoe leads a young unit consisting of Devin Booker, Dragan Bender and the newly drafted Josh Jackson. The youth is similar for both sides, as well as the team’s pursuit of superstars.
The Suns were tied into talks involving both Blake Griffin and Kyrie Irving last offseason. Although the team failed to net either talent, the speculation is at least there. In order to continue their pursuit of a star, they may need to sacrifice two more seasons of Bledsoe.
This works out perfectly, Phoenix becomes the perfect place for any star that wants to join and lead a young team, and the Lakers get an established shooting guard in Bledsoe. If Paul George comes to LA, the Lakers now would have a much better chance of extended Bledsoe, something the Suns may not be able to do.