Trade Deadline 2023: Phoenix Suns Mock Deadline

  • GM: Garrett Bugay, @garrettbugay

    Salary Cap: $166,252,588

    Luxury Tax: -$15,985,588

    GOAL: Trade Jae Crowder for best win-now piece you can and assess where this team is at by time Devin Booker returns from injury


    • Trade Jae Crowder for a piece that can help contribute for championship

    • Acquire more depth

    • You have plenty of picks at your disposal, don’t be afraid to trade one or two for a major upgrade

    Players to Dangle

    Deandre Ayton (4/$132.9)

    o   Salary: $30,913,750

    o   Can salary match up to $38,742,187 in a deal for him

    o   Can’t be traded to Indiana before the deadline because of restricted rights after his deal was matched

    o   Also has a one year no-trade clause due to restricted rights being matched, so he’d have to agree to any trade

    Jae Crowder (1/$10.2)

    o   Salary: $10,183,800

    o   Can salary match up to $12,829,750

    o   Obviously he’s holding out to be traded to a team where he’d have a substantial role + possibly sign an extension

    o   Rumor: It was reported by Shams Charania that Crowder was initially headed to Milwaukee in a three-teamer involving Houston (Eric Gordon and maybe KJ Martin), with Grayson Allen + salary filler going to Houston along with four second-round picks

    o   It’s been speculated that Phoenix desperately wants KJ Martin, would they give up a first round pick to get him?

    o   Target Players:

    • Bogdan Bogdanovic
    • John Collins
    • Joe Harris or Seth Curry
    • Reggie Bullock
    • Alec Burks or Bojan Bogdanovic
    • Eric Gordon
    • Kenyon Martin Jr.
    • Buddy Hield
    • Robert Covington or Luke Kennard
    • Grayson Allen
    • Evan Fournier
    • Matisse Thybulle
    • Gary Trent Jr.
    • Malik Beasley
    • Kyle Kuzma or Will Barton

    Landry Shamet (4/$42.5 w/ NG ‘24-’25 & TO in ‘25-’26)

    o   Salary: $9,500,000

    o   Can salary match up to $11,975,000 in a deal for him

    o   Either him or Saric are most likely to be attached to Crowder for an upgrade; however, Saric is on expiring deal so he may be more appealing depending the team he goes to

    o   Suggested trade: Crowder + Shamet to Atlanta for Bogdan Bogdanovic + salary filler to keep ATL under the tax

    o   Atlanta is apparently infatuated with Bogdanovic as well

    Dario Saric (1/$9.2)

    o   Salary: $9,240,000

    o   Can match up to $11,650,000

    o   He’s obviously fallen out of rotation there since his injury, but he could be a great acquisition in a salary match deal for a team who needs a small ball center without committing any long term money to him

    Assets Owned

    • 2023 1st
    • 2024 1st
    • 2025 1st
    • 2026 1st
    • 2027 1st
    • 2028 1st
    2029 1st
    • 2023 2nd
    • 2024 2nd
    • 2025 2nd
    • 2026 2nd
    • 2027 2nd
    • 2028 2nd
    • 2029 2nd



    Be sure to check back in over the next few weeks with the trade deadline window open now in our first annual mock trade deadline to see what mock transactions have been executed. The Mock Trade Deadline will conclude on February 2

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