The Phoenix Suns already have the fifth and 30th overall draft picks in the first round of the 2013 NBA Draft. However, general manager Ryan McDonough is determined to secure another selection that would give the organization three picks to work with in the first round. What are the chances of McDonough pulling off such a stunt?
“We’ve talked to a few teams about getting in the draft at different ranges,” McDonough said, according to Arizona Sports. “We have good assets, I think, to do that. We have to evaluate all these guys, figure out where they are going to go; and then if we can get in at a particular range, where we think a guy is undervalued, we’ll try to get in and get him there.”
Considering the Suns posted the second worst record in franchise history (27-55), the organization must make drastic changes in order to immediately improve the team for next season. McDonough was hired this year to do just that. However, he must be careful about going overboard with his moves.
The last thing Phoenix wants to do is start trading away 2014 draft picks to grab an extra player this year. The reason for that is because the 2013 draft class is widely considered to be one of the worst in recent memory. There are several players that will make a difference at the next level, but the overall depth of the draft is meager.
However, for that reason alone is how the Suns could get a pick somewhere in the 10-15 range. Teams with picks in the middle of the first round do not feel they will get a talented enough player that matches where they are selecting in the draft. With that being said, if Phoenix feels there is a solid player available in that range then they will try to work out a deal.
As long as the Suns do not trade away any of their first round selections from the 2014 draft in order to move up in this year’s draft, every other option must be considered.