Phoenix Suns Sign Gordon, Beasley, Dragic, Deal Steve Nash
In just over 24 hours, the Phoenix Suns have completely overhauled their roster.
HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: If you're a Suns fan, you have to be happy with the overall aggressiveness and the direction.
Even if some fans are upset over the lack of value the team received from the Lakers in exchange for point guard Steve Nash, they've got to be at least a little happy about the direction the team is heading via free agency. Sure, Nash is a great player and he will be missed. But over the last two seasons with him, the Suns have been the definition of mediocre, going 73-75 in that span and not making the playoffs. So why not scrap everything (essentially Nash, because that is all they had) and rebuild?
Thanks to a few solid acquisitions, the Suns may not even go through the typically painful process of 'rebuilding'; they should be competitive immediately.
The Suns signed restricted free agent guard Eric Gordon to a four year, $58 million dollar deal in an agreement that will become effective on July 11th. The New Orleans Hornets, Gordon's current team, have three days to match the offer sheet which would keep him there. But in the NBA, perhaps the one league where players have more control over their final destination than any other professional sport (see Dwight Howard), just because they can sign and keep him doesn't mean they should, especially considering Gordon's recent comments.
"After visiting the Suns, the impression the organization made on me was incredible," said Gordon. "I strongly believe they are the right franchise for me. Phoenix is just where my heart is right now."
Why sign someone who doesn't want to be there?
Hours after dealing Nash, the Suns signed his former back-up in Phoenix Goran Dragic, to a four year, $34 million dollar deal. Dragic has been productive in limited minutes throughout his entire career as a back-up. As a starter in Houston this season, he averaged 18.0 ppg and 8.4 apg. He will now battle recently drafted Kendall Marshall for the starting role.
Am I the only person in the world who thinks Michael Beasley can still be one of the best players in the NBA? Apparently the Suns are also believers, signing Beasley to a three year, $18 million dollar deal. Though it sure seems like a lot longer, "Super Cool Beas" has only played four seasons in the league and is just 23 years old. Beasley will be what the Suns tried to get out of Michael Redd last season, and then some.
The Suns didn't just deal the cornerstone of the franchise and sit there contented, making the fans endure a horrible year, like many a team has. Instead, they've gone in a completely new direction in just over a day's time.
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