In my mind, if the Suns were gonna go the route of Shaq, why not have done a trade with Chicago. They could have gotten a similar player, yet shorter, in Ben Wallace
. However, with Shaq coming here in this trade, the Suns are one player short of minimum roster spots
. A deal with Chicago would be fabulous for this team. Yes, we have to trade 2 more players that are starters for us though. However it brings us more depth and just as dangerous if not a lot more dangerous overall.
Here we go.
Suns trade: Amare, Raja, and Tucker (we keep the Atlanta pick)
Chicago trades: Deng, Hinrich, Smith and Sefalosha
Yes we lose a young beast in Amare, however we get better in the following ways:
We get a good replacement for Marion in Deng, a great back-up for Nash in Hinrich, a good veteran big in Smith and a young defensive all purpose guy in Sefalosha.
It gives Chicago that big post player they've been pining over.
A deal with Charlotte who the Suns have had contact with in trying to get Emeka before taking the Shaq deal is another possibility.
Suns Trade: Amare/Tucker/Strawberry/Atl pick
Bobcats Trade: Wallace/Emeka/McGinnis
Or maybe even a deal with Philly
Suns trade: Amare
Sixers trade: Daly/Iggy