How We Got Here:
It’s the smartest move for the Phoenix Suns. It seems like borderline common sense. It even rhymes. But since the free agency rumors have been swirling the past few days, it needs to be said, and probably repeated a few times: Just say no to Greg Monroe.
The Suns haven’t exactly been gangbusters in free agency. Sure, they pretty much hijacked Isaiah Thomas from the Sacramento Kings for a trade exception, the rights to Alex Oriakhi and a round of free golf in the Arizona sun, but even that highway robbery paled in comparison to the full-scale heist that general manager Ryan McDonough was attempting, trying to lure both LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony.
Sure, maybe getting the best player in the league was about as realistic as Ocean’s Eleven happening in real life. But signing-and-trading for Thomas and adding Anthony Tolliver aren’t quite the sexy moves Suns fans were hoping for.
To be fair, Phoenix has done an excellent job strengthening their playoff push for the 2014-15 season. If the Suns, who only got 43 games out of Eric Bledsoe in 2013-14, were only one game short of the playoffs last season, having Isaiah Thomas come off the bench should be a great help this year. But there’s no guarantee Tolliver will soften the blow of Channing Frye‘s departure and Bledsoe’s ongoing free agency saga means the Suns still have some free agency work to do.