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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.

I doubt we would even talking about trading Stix if the Suns had picked up his option or if we were, it would be for a significant addition.
 

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I didn't forget we didn't have a 1st this year but never thought of that when considering how the Suns declined Stix option and that makes it even worse, IMO. We're not adding any guaranteed salary from a pick and didn't have a pick this season either. There was really no excuse to decline that option. It really has turned into a worst case scenario and it wasn't difficult to see it playing out this way when it happened. Definitely James Jones biggest mistake as GM.
 

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I didn't forget we didn't have a 1st this year but never thought of that when considering how the Suns declined Stix option and that makes it even worse, IMO. We're not adding any guaranteed salary from a pick and didn't have a pick this season either. There was really no excuse to decline that option. It really has turned into a worst case scenario and it wasn't difficult to see it playing out this way when it happened. Definitely James Jones biggest mistake as GM.
In my glass half full world I like to think that James Jones knows exactly what he's doing, and all the stuff that has us scratching our heads now will someday be revealed making us feel stupid and JJ the GOAT GM.
 

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I wish some interviewer would just ask JJ point blank. "Was declining Jalen's option a mistake." The guy is pretty candid. He will probably answer honestly.
 
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In my glass half full world I like to think that James Jones knows exactly what he's doing, and all the stuff that has us scratching our heads now will someday be revealed making us feel stupid and JJ the GOAT GM.

I think James Jones had his reasons for declining the option on Jalen Smith. I've even read articles about how valuable $4.7 million is in regard to player personnel. However, I still think think declining the option on Stix was a mistake unless there is some kind of risk factor that we are unaware.
 

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I think James Jones had his reasons for declining the option on Jalen Smith. I've even read articles about how valuable $4.7 million is in regard to player personnel. However, I still think think declining the option on Stix was a mistake unless there is some kind of risk factor that we are unaware.

It’s been pretty much said in the Suns media it’s a save money move.

People are crazy to think Sarver doesn’t have his hands in this and just leaves it all up to Jones. Has he ever done that in 18 years
 
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It’s been pretty much said in the Suns media it’s a save money move.

People are crazy to think Sarver doesn’t have his hands in this and just leaves it all up to Jones. Has he ever done that in 18 years

I've read about the money saving angle in the sports media but I don't think I have read it in the "Suns media."
 

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It’s been pretty much said in the Suns media it’s a save money move.

People are crazy to think Sarver doesn’t have his hands in this and just leaves it all up to Jones. Has he ever done that in 18 years
Who says this? Of course Sarver is involved in this process and the ultimate decision maker when it comes to anything financial. The question is whether he's ignoring their input and making this kind of decision on his own.
 

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I've read about the money saving angle in the sports media but I don't think I have read it in the "Suns media."

By that I just mean all the Suns podcast and people that cover the Suns not from the Suns themselves
 
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Who says this? Of course Sarver is involved in this process and the ultimate decision maker when it comes to anything financial. The question is whether he's ignoring their input and making this kind of decision on his own.

This is how I came to my theory there is only so much money the Suns are willing spend and stay in the good graces of ownership. So James Jones chose to spend it on Landry Shamet. It's hard to believe the Suns gave up on Jalen Smith so quickly otherwise.
 
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By that I just mean all the Suns podcast and people that cover the Suns not from the Suns themselves

There is too much speculation out there and no one to ask James Jones unequivocally why he didn't pick up the option on Jalen Smith. I'd like a clear answer.
 

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I'm beginning to think they should just keep Stix and look at him as a one-year rental. He can help them if he can play PF - he's an excellent rebounder and a live body around the basket on offense and defense. Even wen he's not scoring he can make a contribution.

This offseason you either sign him to a deal equaling what his option was or he chooses to go somewhere else. I consider that a better option that picking up a veteran with a questionable contract that might tempt them to be cheap about resigning Ayton.
 
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I will repeat this tweet here because it is a clue why the Suns did not pick up the option on Jalen Smith.

Per Monty, the Suns viewed Smith as more of a Jerami Grant type player in college.

IMO, that is still not a good reason not to pick up his option even if he is more of a 5.

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Suns have always compared Jalen Smith to a Jerami Grant type player.

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There is too much speculation out there and no one to ask James Jones unequivocally why he didn't pick up the option on Jalen Smith. I'd like a clear answer.

He’s not gonna say anything he’s gonna give you a BS media answer
 
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