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No you don’t support common sense. It’s makes zero basketball sense and I mean none. It’s a money move

But we already know your stance on Sarver

I agree that it is a money move but I don't think you need to take a shot at Chap
 
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I loved the draft pick and he looks exactly like I thought he would.

Keeping him was a no brainer but Sarver will never go all in and spend money

All Jalen Smith needed is more time to develop. It was a bad move by the Suns not picking up his option.

I can only imagine how potential trade partners feel when they could have traded for him along with his rights for an expiring contract.

Some team may still want to trade for him. However, at this point the Suns are probably better off keeping him for the playoffs.
 

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It's looking more and more like a bonehead move to not pick up his option even if for no other reason than it looks more and more like he has shown real trade value once the Suns gave him enough of a chance to play.

And I don't have a single doubt that Sarver's meddling was mostly behind it.
 

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I was really hoping we'd flip him for Thad Young, but now I hope we pump the brakes and see what this kid can do, at least until Ayton and McGee get back. He could have a bright future in this league.
 

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I've always been high on his rebounding and defensive potential. His shooting will come but he can make an impact in the 2 areas we need help with now if he can get minutes. I would start him at PF and bring Crowder off the bench. It was definitely a mistake to not pick up his option because now he will be a UFA and PHX has no leverage to retain him via Bird's Rights by matching any offer for him and will still be looking for a PF but won't have money to find one.
 

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All Jalen Smith needed is more time to develop. It was a bad move by the Suns not picking up his option.

I can only imagine how potential trade partners feel when they could have traded for him along with his rights for an expiring contract.

Some team may still want to trade for him. However, at this point the Suns are probably better off keeping him for the playoffs.
Nobody is going to trade for him. Other teams know we can’t go higher than 5mil in the summer so why bother losing assets to get him now when they can just pay him more than 5 in the summer?

Keep in mind that because of that fact, even if there was a willing trade partner, we would be getting their garbage.
 

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I've always been high on his rebounding and defensive potential. His shooting will come but he can make an impact in the 2 areas we need help with now if he can get minutes. I would start him at PF and bring Crowder off the bench. It was definitely a mistake to not pick up his option because now he will be a UFA and PHX has no leverage to retain him via Bird's Rights by matching any offer for him and will still be looking for a PF but won't have money to find one.
The problem with playing him at PF is that he is 100% for sure NOT a PF. And has no desire AT ALL to play one.
When he plays the 4 he looks like a baby Giraffe on sleeping pills.

Look at what we get when we play him at the position he knows WELL.
That guy is a straight up bonified 5 and when he plays there I can see the guy that I thought we drafted. The guy from all those college clips.
 

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I think Sarver is hiding in a hole until all the other stuff blows over. Has he been at the games?

He's definitely been keeping a low profile. I'm just praying to the NBA gods that he gets permanently removed and has no further opportunities to embarrass or ruin the franchise going forward.
 

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I thought hes still RFA after this year, hes UFA? Cant imagine agent telling him to stay, no minutes for him if hes a 5…
 

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I thought hes still RFA after this year, hes UFA?
Yeah had we extended him that would have kept him under contract but once you decline the extension option he becames unrestricted after the season.

And we are limited to paying him the amount he could have been extended for while other teams will have the right to pay him as they choose so we may well lose him for nothing. Although the way he's playing he might bring us something of value in a midseason trade.
 

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Yeah had we extended him that would have kept him under contract but once you decline the extension option he becames unrestricted after the season.

And we are limited to paying him the amount he could have been extended for while other teams will have the right to pay him as they choose so we may well lose him for nothing. Although the way he's playing he might bring us something of value in a midseason trade.
No he won’t. Teams won’t bother. Why give up something when they could just sign him to more than 5mil in the summer? And if another team does give up something, how good do you think that will be?
 

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No he won’t. Teams won’t bother. Why give up something when they could just sign him to more than 5mil in the summer? And if another team does give up something, how good do you think that will be?
I don't think we'll get full value but I could see a team in rebuild mode willing to give us an older player that's no longer in their plans.

If Jalen continues to show out the question could become, is the incoming piece worth as much to us in a playoff run as Smith is. There's a good chance we'll decide he helps us enough to keep him even though we'll lose him for nothing when the postseason ends.
 

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I thought hes still RFA after this year, hes UFA? Cant imagine agent telling him to stay, no minutes for him if hes a 5…
Correct, he will be unrestricted. By declining his third-year option, the Suns gave up any inside track to keep him. In fact they are more restricted than any other team, because the Suns can offer only what his third-year option would have been, or less (about $5 million), whereas another team can offer whatever they want.
 

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