NBA Trades: 3 deals for the Phoenix Suns to land a third star

Kevin Durant, Phoenix Suns (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Kevin Durant, Phoenix Suns (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
2 of 4

The Chicago Bulls failed to live up to expectations this season, and they could be looking to make big changes this summer, including making seven-time all-star DeMar DeRozan available. That could benefit the Suns as they look to build around Booker and Durant, although DeRozan is perhaps a questionable fit.

Even then, few can deny his talent and his ability to score and create consistently, even at 33 years old. If the Suns are serious about moving on from Ayton, the Bulls may be interested in trading for him, possibly increasing the likelihood of a deal between the two teams.

The Bulls, after all, failed to make the playoffs despite a core that featured three all-stars. With Nikola Vucevic becoming an unrestricted free agent this summer and the team choosing not to extend him, they are probably hoping to get younger at the position, and Ayton would allow them to do just that.

Thus, a straight-up swap of Ayton for DeRozan might work for both teams. Ayton would allow the Bulls to get younger while the Suns get a talent upgrade and a third star. Of course, acquiring DeRozan would leave the Suns without a starting center, but with them being a contender, they could sign a ring-chasing big in free agency for the minimum. Or, they could move Chris Paul in a deal that nets them a center.