NBA.com The Phoenix Suns didn’t want their summer to be defined by losing Amar’e Stoudemire to the New York Knicks, and they made sure of it Sunday night with two major deals, acquiring veteran forward Hedo Turkoglu from the Toronto Raptors for guard Leandro Barbosa and agreeing to a trade with the Atlanta Hawks that will bring restricted free agent Josh Childress, whose rights the Hawks still hold, to Phoenix in exchange for a second-round pick. Childress will receive a five-year, $34 million deal from Phoenix.
Well I need to rethink my expectations for next season huh? When Amar’e signed with the Knicks I was pretty resigned to Phoenix being a borderline playoff team and maybe even missing the post-season entirely. The signing of Warrick didn’t do much for me, it felt like Sarver was just trying to fill the void left by STAT anyway he could. The David Lee goes to Golden State and it looked like the Suns were S.O.L. for the rest of free agency. However, the one thing I forgot was the massive trade exemption we got from NY for Amar’e. Well we have now turned that into a pair of guys who will FLOURISH playing with Captain Canada next season.
Childress is an athletic freak and an above average defender who could easily turn into the Shawn Marion replacement that Phoenix has been searching for three years. Hedo was arguably the MVP of the 2009 NBA finals with Orlando and almost single handedly stole that series from the Lakers. He was a malcontent in Toronto but honestly who the hell wants to play in Toronto?? He should be reinvigorated joining Nash and Hill in the desert.
So what was a 42-45 win team last week becomes a 50-53 win team today. That could mean the difference between missing the playoffs or getting the #3 seed. Only thing missing is a strong big man down low…Al Jefferson is just sitting in Minny for the taking…it’ll take some creativity to make that happen but if Sarver can somehow pull it off I will take back 50% of the bad things I’ve ever said about him.
P.S. It’s sad to see LB leave, but he should be able to start in Toronto and he’ll be back with the GM that brought him into the league.