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Suns Trade Rumors: Another 20+ PPG Scorer Joining Kevin Durant and Devin Booker Close To “Finish Line”

Published 02/02/2024, 8:43 PM EST

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The Phoenix Suns are enhancing the firepower of the best backcourt on paper in the NBA. Despite the limited pool of available players, Miles Bridges has emerged as a focal point to ignite offense alongside Kevin Durant and Devin Booker. In their quest for additional wing talent, the Suns have consistently been in talks with the Charlotte Hornets in recent days. Notably, they managed to keep Grayson Allen out of the negotiations, preserving the integrity of their extended core.

As the trade deadline approaches, insights from a Phoenix Suns insider suggest that discussions regarding Bridges are intensifying. The trade appears to be reaching a climax, with the past two days witnessing the highest level of engagement between the two teams.

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Bridges not only injects a formidable offensive asset into the Suns’ lineup but also brings forth the promise of reaching his peak in the near future. Moreover, with his recent performance, he can help Kevin Durant and Devin Booker elevate the Suns in the championship race. At the age of 25, Bridges continually enhances his game with each passing season. In the ongoing 2023-24 campaign, he boasts impressive averages of 21.1 points, 7.5 assists, and 3.1 rebounds.

Adding to his value, he maintains a defensive edge with over 1 steal per game, complemented by a 46.2% shooting accuracy from the field. Furthermore, the Suns appear willing to overlook Bridges’ legal troubles, stemming from his history of personal life controversies.

Which other players can fit in with Kevin Durant and Booker?

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Despite having only a few second-round draft picks remaining, the Phoenix Suns are determined to enhance their roster before the deadline. Despite players like Kevin Durant and Devin Booker, the team is climbing from the lower ranks to the top eight in their conference. Beyond the pursuit of Bridges, they have expressed interest in other players. Jae’Sean Tate, known for his stellar defensive skills, is one such name seeking more playing time on a roster.

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In further addressing the need to bolster their big man depth, Nick Richards emerges as a prime candidate. With a gradually increasing role on the court, the towering player is notching nearly 10 points per game along with 1.4 blocks. He can help ease Jusuf Nurkic and Kevin Durant’s workload in certain minutes.

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While the playoffs demand a reliable 3-and-D player, the Suns can also eye Royce O’Neale. With reduced playing time and aspirations of winning his first championship, Royce already aligns with the Suns’ motto. Moreover, the versatile guard excels on both ends of the court, showcasing improved playmaking skills and an impressive near-40% shooting accuracy from beyond the arc.

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