2. Phoenix Suns
Despite having high-quality draft picks nearly every year this decade, the Phoenix Suns are still struggling to get their rebuild going in the right direction. They struck gold on both Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton, but have yet to connect on a full lineup that can bring them to a winning season.
In the last few seasons, the Suns have tried everything to add a competent wing player to their rotation. Josh Jackson, Mikal Bridges, T.J. Warren, Derrick Jones Jr. — the list goes on and on. Furthermore, they have failed to find a starting point guard that can operate an offense and provide the type of production this team needs at the 1.
This is why the Suns might be open to trading away their sixth overall pick in return for Collin Sexton and Cedi Osman. Both of these players have bright futures and have already begun to prove themselves. Last season, Sexton was a member of the All-Rookie Second Team while Osman appeared in the NBA’s Rising Stars Game.
It would obviously hurt the Cavaliers to give up both Sexton and Osman. These two players are surely the cornerstones of their current rebuild so far. However, receiving Josh Jackson, De’Anthony Melton and the No. 6 pick is too much of an offer to refuse.
Having both the fifth and sixth pick in this year’s draft allows the Cavs to select Darius Garland as their new franchise point guard. In his freshman season at Vanderbilt, Garland averaged 16.2 points per game on 53.7 percent shooting. Then, Cleveland could choose from De’Andre Hunter, Cam Reddish and Jarrett Culver at No. 6 to round out their lineup.
This is a risk for both teams, but one that would have a high likelihood of paying off.