With fewer than 20 games remaining in the regular season, the Phoenix Suns are still considering tinkering with their roster. Of course, there was the massive Kevin Durant trade that saw them move three players to land a superstar. Then, the Suns were linked to two former multi-time All-Stars, though they have yet to sign either. Now, they’ve been linked to another former star.
According to Chris Haynes, the Suns are reportedly interested in signing five-time NBA All-Star John Wall.
Wall was previously a member of the Los Angeles Clippers before being dealt ahead of the trade deadline to the Houston Rockets, who then waived him.
John Wall could make sense for the Phoenix Suns.
Wall remains unsigned at the moment, and the Suns may consider adding him. The report also states that Phoenix is seeking additional ball handling,
"“Phoenix, they’re still looking for another ball-handler… And you look at the buyout market, the only other prominent guard that has ball-handling skills and obligations is John Wall,” Haynes said."
Wall is definitely the best ballhandler and playmaker among the available guards, so he appears to fit what Phoenix is looking for. However, the Suns already have Chris Paul and Cam Payne, so signing Wall would likely be a depth move. That being said, Paul is 37 years old, and the Suns may look to rest him down the stretch.
Wall would also give Phoenix a solid third point guard option that could step in and play a bigger role if Paul can’t stay healthy over what the team hopes is a very long playoff run. That could very well happen since Paul already missed a large chunk of the regular season.
Signing Wall is not a sure thing, however. He could seek a bigger role elsewhere, while Phoenix may instead opt to sign Derrick Rose if and when he is bought out by the New York Knicks. As a result, we will have to wait and see whether Wall will ultimately join up with Phoenix.
Overall, it’s clear that the Suns are still looking for ways to improve their roster ahead of the playoffs. Wall could give them some depth and insurance in case Paul goes down. Still, the team’s title chances rest heavily on Durant and Devin Booker.