Chance: 30 percent
2013-14 Record: 48-34
The Phoenix Suns were one of the most pleasant surprises of the 2014 NBA season. First-year head coach Jeff Hornacek led a leap from 25 wins in 2012-13 to 48 victories in 2013-14 with a cast of unlikely breakout performers.
With the addition of a star power forward, the Suns would do nothing but improve their chances of pursuing an elusive NBA Championship.
The issue for Phoenix is simple. Its roster has been carefully and methodically crafted by general manager Ryan McDonough, and with a trade for Kevin Love, the roster could be significantly altered.
Phoenix has three first-round draft picks in 2014, including one lottery selection at No. 14. Minnesota may not view a pick outside of the Top 5 as fair compensation.
Fortunately, the possession of multiple first-rounders in 2014 gives Phoenix something of a superior launching point to other organizations. The question is, would Phoenix be willing to part with some of its young, promising and established players?
The likes of Markieff Morris, Marcus Morris, Alex Len and Miles Plumlee would be thrown into the conversation. Gerald Green and Phoenix’s star guard Goran Dragic would be the most significant potential compensation.
If it gets as far as Dragic, don’t be surprised to see Phoenix pull out. In that same breath, don’t be quick to write off the Suns’ interest in pairing Eric Bledsoe with Love.
Phoenix has a very strong chance, but the Suns will do what it always does: act methodically.