Everyone knew Steve Nash was going to be one of the big stories of this year’s offseason. After rumors tied him to the New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors and even the Miami Heat, Nash ended up signing with the Los Angeles Lakers. It was a bit of a shock to some, but it’s history now and time for everyone to move on.
It looks like the Phoenix Suns are doing just that. The Suns have already reached agreements with Houston Rockets point guard and former Sun Goran Dragic and Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley. They’ve also offered a pretty big contract to New Orleans Hornet Eric Gordon, but Gordon is a restricted free agent so the Hornets have the chance to match the offer.
Are the Suns just grasping and overpaying free agents in a panic mode over losing Nash or are they building a franchise for the future?
While some may look and see the Suns as a team finally ready to get back on the winning path, I don’t have the same optimism. I admire the initiative but I don’t really like the moves the Suns are making.
Phoenix just used their lottery pick to draft Kendall Marshall out of North Carolina, a guy I feel as a lot of talent and could be a very legitimate NBA point guard. If they want him to be the future, why spend so much on Dragic, who has played very inconsistently over the last few years? I know Dragic has had some moments of pure brilliance at times, but I’m not sure the Suns should be trying so hard to bring back a player they let go only a year ago, especially at a position they just filled in the draft.
Michael Beasley is a different story. The guy definitely has some talent but his maturity level and his ability to stay healthy have been called into question throughout his short NBA career. This move could backfire for the Suns if Beasley gets hurt or if he finds himself in trouble with the law again.
If you’re a “glass half full” kind of person though, you can look at this Suns team and see a great deal of young talent. These fresh new faces combined with a lot of draft picks from the Lakers in the upcoming years could make the foundation for a great team in four of five seasons. A lot would have to go right for the Suns, but it’s possible. It comes down to coaching and getting this roster to meet its potential. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Suns were an absolute embarrassment next year, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they were a playoff team either.