Are the Phoenix Suns ready to shake their roster again?
The Phoenix lost convincingly in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Denver Nuggets on Thursday, 125-100, marking their second straight playoff elimination in the second round. Additionally, ESPN reported on Friday that the Suns will look into the trading market for point guard Chris Paul this season as the two sides are believed to be exploring a trade for Deandre Ayton.
Paul, 38, missed Games 3-6 of the semifinal series with a groin injury. He has two seasons left on a four-year, $120 million deal, but if Phoenix waives Paul by June 28, it could save about $15 million (according to Spotrac, Paul’s salary for 2023-24 Only $15.8 million of the salary is guaranteed). ,
The 24-year-old Ayton, on the other hand, signed a four-year, $133 million deal with the Indiana Pacers last season that matched Phoenix. He missed Game 6 of the semifinals due to a rib injury.
The report also states that changes could be made within the front office and that head coach Montee Williams’ job is not entirely secure.
Nuggets eliminate Suns with 125-100 Game 6 win
Matt Ishbia officially purchased the Suns from Robert Sarver in February. Just days later, Phoenix acquired superstars Kevin Durant and TJ Warren from the Brooklyn Nets in a swap for forwards Mikal Bridges, Cameron Johnson and Jae Crowder, four unprotected first-round draft picks, and a future first-round pick.
The Suns finished the regular season at 45–37, tied for fourth in the West. They defeated the Los Angeles Clippers in five games in the first round.
Durant and Devin Booker averaged 62.7 points per game in the playoffs. Paul averaged 12.4 points, 7.4 assists, five rebounds and 1.7 steals per game on 41.8/32.1/50.0 shooting in seven games this season. Ayton averaged 13.4 points and 9.7 rebounds per game in 10 games this postseason, shooting 55% from the field.
Phoenix led the Dallas Mavericks 3–2 in last year’s semifinals before losing the last two games of the series, where it was outscored by a combined 60 points. The Suns lost Game 7 on their home court. The year before, he led the Milwaukee Bucks to a 2–0 series lead in the NBA Finals.
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