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He’s 100% a 5 he’s a long rim runner think Capela or even McGee.

He’s only going to get stronger.
Agreed. Particularly as a backup 5 he’s almost perfect. If we had picked up his option he would be the heir to mcgee.
 
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He still has plenty to learn at either position but his body is more suited for the four while his skill set and positional understanding matches up much better with the 5. Right now, he's far better down low but if he can figure out defensive rotations at the 4 and improve his outside shooting, he'll make some all star teams as a power forward.

I agree with this take. Stix is presently a 5 but needs a team that will allow him to develop and grow as a 4.

The problem is the Suns are in win-now mode so I'm not sure it will happen with them.

If the Suns are compelled to trade him I'd be tempted to let his agent look for a trade to a team that would allow him to do just that. If it happens that way, the team has an inside track on keeping him.

Why would another team do that? They may have a player on an expiring contract that better fits the Suns immediate needs.
 

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Is everyone down on Thad now that we’ve seen him play? I think he’s still got a lot left and will turn it on for the right team.
 

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Is everyone down on Thad now that we’ve seen him play? I think he’s still got a lot left and will turn it on for the right team.

I don't think his play has turned people away. It's clear his production, or lack of, is due to being buried on the bench in San Antonio. I think people are high on Jalen now also and that's caused less fawning over Thad.

I'd rather have Thad regardless of what Jalen does. I can't see Jalen being a factor in the playoffs, which is where Thad would pay dividends. Stix is probably the better defender when playing as the small ball 5 but Thad would be much better offensively.
 
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Is everyone down on Thad now that we’ve seen him play? I think he’s still got a lot left and will turn it on for the right team.


I don't think anyone is down on Thad Young but when I see him play his game reminds me of a center. He likes to play close to the basket.

Is he going to be able to play with the Suns centers without clogging the lane?

I'm not sure about his perimeter defense.
 

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From what I've seen of Thad (and reports of others), it sounds like he's declined.
 

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From what I've seen of Thad (and reports of others), it sounds like he's declined.
He looked used up when we played the Spurs but looking at his stats they aren't that bad. He's been horrible from the line and he hasn't made a 3 this season but he's only taken 3 of them. His minutes are way down but his PER and Per36 stats look solid with 15 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and shooting almost 59% from the floor. I guess I'd worry mostly about his defense.

I've lost interest in him but that's due to the improvement of CamJ rather than Thad's play. And I think we have greater needs right now than at the 4 spot. A quick perimeter player would be nice.
 
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ESPN+ has an article as to what to watch for each team as the trade deadline nears. They specifically mention the Jalen Smith option situation and how whoever has him when his contract expires at years end is hamstrung when it comes to paying him. They can't offer more than his rookie deal would have paid him next season.

Smith was taken 10th overall in the 2020 NBA draft but saw the third-year option in his contract declined. Despite a limited role in his first two campaigns, Smith has averaged 17.3 points and 9.5 rebounds in four starts this season.

One disadvantage for any team acquiring Smith in a trade is that because his option was declined, it would be limited to offering him a maximum of $4.7 million in first-year salary in free agency this summer, the same amount as what his 2022-23 option would have been. (The Suns have the same restriction if they choose to keep Smith past the deadline and want to re-sign him this summer.)
 

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ESPN+ has an article as to what to watch for each team as the trade deadline nears. They specifically mention the Jalen Smith option situation and how whoever has him when his contract expires at years end is hamstrung when it comes to paying him. They can't offer more than his rookie deal would have paid him next season.

Smith was taken 10th overall in the 2020 NBA draft but saw the third-year option in his contract declined. Despite a limited role in his first two campaigns, Smith has averaged 17.3 points and 9.5 rebounds in four starts this season.

One disadvantage for any team acquiring Smith in a trade is that because his option was declined, it would be limited to offering him a maximum of $4.7 million in first-year salary in free agency this summer, the same amount as what his 2022-23 option would have been. (The Suns have the same restriction if they choose to keep Smith past the deadline and want to re-sign him this summer.)
Wow, so I wonder if this will limit interest from other teams. I don't think you would need to move Smith in deals for short term rental guys, picks should be enough for them.
 

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Wow, so I wonder if this will limit interest from other teams. I don't think you would need to move Smith in deals for short term rental guys, picks should be enough for them.

I was listening to the solar panel and they were talking about this. If he goes to another team they are going to play him and he’s going to put play his contract
 
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I was listening to the solar panel and they were talking about this. If he goes to another team they are going to play him and he’s going to put play his contract

I've never heard "play" being put in a contract.
 
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Stix could light up the scoreboard for a team like the Thunder.
 

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What makes me mad is we don't need Smith to light up the scoreboard or put up All Star numbers here, if he is given minutes here there's no reason he can't grab 10+ boards and play better defense than an undersized Crowder at PF or back up C. Not sure McGee will come back on another minimum deal or he may just decide to retire but Smith could be back up C or start at PF next year We're not going to be able to sign FA's and we don't have a 1st round pick this year so why didn't PHX just keep him around another year? PHX has been able to build through the draft (Ayton, Bridges, Johnson, Smith) and have a good young core even after Paul's deal expires. If Sarver isn't willing to go that deep into LT land then he should sell team which should be on his mind any way now that his douchiness is known nationally.
 

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