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My Buddy thinks Biyombo if given the chance would outperform Ayton. He is even telling me they should lock him up long term instead of Ayton. He was also huge on the Shamet deal so there is that.

Biyombo's career night last week was a game that Ayton puts up about once every 3 weeks or so. This kind of talk is lunacy.

Ayton is significantly better and more versatile on defense and, as annoying as his lack of attack on offense can be, he is almost more well rounded there. His screens are wide and physical, defenders really struggle to get around him.

Biyombo and McGee have been solid for us but there is a reason these 2 guys have bounced around the league a ton. They are not consistent and they do best in bursts.
 

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Biyombo's career night last week was a game that Ayton puts up about once every 3 weeks or so. This kind of talk is lunacy.

Ayton is significantly better and more versatile on defense and, as annoying as his lack of attack on offense can be, he is almost more well rounded there. His screens are wide and physical, defenders really struggle to get around him.

Biyombo and McGee have been solid for us but there is a reason these 2 guys have bounced around the league a ton. They are not consistent and they do best in bursts.
Biyombo is not an alternative to Ayton, but his presence might make trading Ayton for someone like KAT make more sense now. KAT might be a better balance and still plays the C as well as the PF. I still believe in Ayton's value long-term compared to KAT, but our window is now. Up until now, I have preferred Ayton over KAT. However, I am pretty sure that KAT instead of Ayton with this present roster gives us a better chance of winning a championship.

Not that it will happen. It won't. But it is an intriguing conversation.
 
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I listened to today's podcast on Arizona Sports with James Jones. See link below.

He talks about his philosophy on trades and buyouts at about the 7:30 mark.

While I like how he feels about the team he has assembled, the record speaks for itself, additions can be more about lateral moves for depth than improving the team.

Clearly when he added Bismack Biyombo he improved the team. However, I think a team in a championship window should look to carry as much playable depth as possible. I hope he looks at it from that direction too. With Nader, Kaminsky and Saric out, the Suns could really use another forward in case of injury or foul trouble.

Also think the Suns should look for someone to fill that second two-way spot. Ish Wainright has played much more than expected. I wouldn't mind if the Suns added another ball handler on a two-way contract for insurance.


 

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I believe we are also 29-0 when leading entering the fourth, best in the NBA.

We're also, I believe, 9-9 when trailing entering the fourth, easily the best in the NBA.




The 2007 Suns were the other team that started 37-9, they lost their next game... to the Jazz who entered the game at 30-17, a nearly identical record to this Jazz team!

If we face someone in the second round who has signed Robert Horry to their roster... I will be terrified.
 
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I believe we are also 29-0 when leading entering the fourth, best in the NBA.

We're also, I believe, 9-9 when trailing entering the fourth, easily the best in the NBA.




The 2007 Suns were the other team that started 37-9, they lost their next game... to the Jazz who entered the game at 30-17, a nearly identical record to this Jazz team!

If we face someone in the second round who has signed Robert Horry to their roster... I will be terrified.

Or Patrick Beverley.
 

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I listened to today's podcast on Arizona Sports with James Jones. See link below.

He talks about his philosophy on trades and buyouts at about the 7:30 mark.

While I like how he feels about the team he has assembled, the record speaks for itself, additions can be more about lateral moves for depth than improving the team.

Clearly when he added Bismack Biyombo he improved the team. However, I think a team in a championship window should look to carry as much playable depth as possible. I hope he looks at it from that direction too. With Nader, Kaminsky and Saric out, the Suns could really use another forward in case of injury or foul trouble.

Also think the Suns should look for someone to fill that second two-way spot. Ish Wainright has played much more than expected. I wouldn't mind if the Suns added another ball handler on a two-way contract for insurance.


I thought Jones said it best when he was saying how he isn’t gonna make a move just for the sake of making a move. And that most teams are still competing and would be unwilling to part with quality pieces, unless the Suns were willing to give up quality pieces, which he is of course not willing to do.
 

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I thought Jones said it best when he was saying how he isn’t gonna make a move just for the sake of making a move. And that most teams are still competing and would be unwilling to part with quality pieces, unless the Suns were willing to give up quality pieces, which he is of course not willing to do.

Of course you don't make a move just for the sake of making a move but if you have a player on the injured list who may not play (possible example Abdel Nader) adding a forward to replace him such as Torrey Craig is something a GM should consider.

You can't add players in the middle of the playoffs.
 

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Of course you don't make a move just for the sake of making a move but if you have a player on the injured list who may not play (possible example Abdel Nader) adding a forward to replace him such as Torrey Craig is something a GM should consider.

You can't add players in the middle of the playoffs.
I think it's safe to say that Jones will consider anything that is worth considering... To get a player at the level of Torrey Craig, what would roster adjustment would need to be made to fit him in? That is what Jones was getting at and why he emphasized a "meaningful deal" is highly unlikely to occur.
 
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I think it's safe to say that Jones will consider anything that is worth considering... To get a player at the level of Torrey Craig, what would roster adjustment would need to be made to fit him in? That is what Jones was getting at and why he emphasized a "meaningful deal" is highly unlikely to occur.

I don't like to use examples because it limits options but since I mentioned Craig I will try to use his contract. Here is how I think it could work.

The Suns could waive Nader to clear a roster spot. Since they have the partial MLE of $4.5 million remaining, they could trade a second round pick to the Pacers and absorb Craig's contract. Of course the Pacers would have to agree to the trade.
 

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I don't like to use examples because it limits options but since I mentioned Craig I will try to use his contract. Here is how I think it could work.

The Suns could waive Nader to clear a roster spot. Since they have the partial MLE of $4.5 million remaining, they could trade a second round pick to the Pacers and absorb Craig's contract. Of course the Pacers would have to agree to the trade.
If Indiana waives Craig then yes, he could be signed with the partial MLE, but I don't think you can absorb salary with it. Only through trade exceptions if you're over the cap.
 

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I don't like to use examples because it limits options but since I mentioned Craig I will try to use his contract. Here is how I think it could work.

The Suns could waive Nader to clear a roster spot. Since they have the partial MLE of $4.5 million remaining, they could trade a second round pick to the Pacers and absorb Craig's contract. Of course the Pacers would have to agree to the trade.

@Suns_fan69 is right, you can't absorb a player in a trade using the MLE, partial or whole. The MLE can only be used to sign players out right.
 

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