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Report: Suns trying to trade for Jefferson, Hayward from Jazz

Feb 11, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

Al Jefferson AP

There are a lot of sellers on the trade market right now — Atlanta, Orlando, Utah — but it looks more and more like the Phoenix Suns might be trying to be buyers.

First there were the reports the Suns were going after Iman Shumpert of the Knicks (that’s not likely to happen) and now comes a report from the Arizona Republic that the Suns are targeting some Jazz players.

The Suns also have shown interest in a bigger splash for Utah’s Al Jefferson or Gordon Hayward. Dudley could be a part of either of those deals with center Marcin Gortat likely needed to make one work for Jefferson, a 28-year-old power forward who makes $14 million and is averaging 17.4 points and 9.5 rebounds. Hayward, a 22-year-old swingman, is averaging 13.5 points in a reserve role.

Jefferson is also a free agent after this summer and you have to wonder if the Suns could re-sign him, or if they would want to. If Dwight Howard decides to re-sign with the Lakers (and nobody knows what is up with that situation right now — how bad a teammate do you have to be to get Steve Nash to yell at you?) Jefferson could be the best free agent big man on the market. And if he is, he’s going to want to test the market (because I doubt the Suns are going to talk max deal with him).

The Suns have cap space and a lot of first-round picks they can move, which makes them an attractive trade partner for teams. They also appear to be dangling Jared Dudley in trades consistently. Bottom line is they seem to be active. I’m still not sure what their overall rebuilding plan looks like, but it seems we can expect them to be active at the deadline.

  1. scooper15928 - Feb 11, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Is there anyone the Suns aren’t interested in? First Gay, then Josh Smith, then Shumpert, and now these guys? I think they just really are desperate to find a go-to scorer that they can start to build around. Even though Smith and Jefferson are only borderline All-Stars and can’t be the main piece of a contending team.

  2. truprof - Feb 11, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    I’m still not sure what their overall rebuilding plan looks like, but it seems we can expect them to be active at the deadline. – KH

    Kurt, I’m not sure the Suns brass know what their rebuilding plan looks like either, so if you ever find it, forward it on to them. I’m sure they’ll be excited to see what a rebuilding plan really looks like.

  3. readysethike - Feb 11, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Jazz are not trading their golden boy hayward. especially to a western conference team. also dont underestimate the suns not wanting to give jefferson a max contract because they sure were quick to offer a max contract to eric gordon before he could even play

    • kavika6 - Feb 12, 2013 at 7:33 AM

      I agree. Gordon Hayward is the face of the Jazz.

  4. djjackson81 - Feb 11, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Jefferson is a good piece on a team but no way your max Salary player to build around. The Suns are an attractive team to others cause they have cap space not looking for salary dumps to get under luxury tax. Plus they have stacks up some first rounds picks on top there own top 5 this year. Lakers don’t make the playoffs we get there first and it’s unprotected and would be a secon first round lottery pick hell ya baby.

  5. azcards - Feb 11, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Suns don’t really offer max contracts. It just appears that they offer max deals. Eric Gordon when they knew the hornets would match and amare when they knew the Knicks would give him a better offer. The Suns don’t even know what their plan is in rebuilding. All Sarver wants to do is sell tickets not win championships. So disappointing to be a fan of a team with zero direction.

  6. sasquash20 - Feb 11, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Sixers work something out for Big AL. Even if Bynum comes back he probably only last like 5 minutes(he hurt himself bowling). Big Al isn’t as good but he isn’t as injury prone either. I would rather lock him up over an often injuried Bynum. Hawes, Turner and whatever else matches the money for Big AL. I wouldn’t mind Millisap either at the 4.

  7. siege102 - Feb 11, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Even with the new CBA, it’s absolutely incredible how easily GM’s are willing to overpay upper level stars. There should be maybe 5-8 max players in the league, the guys that will win games on their own no matter their surroundings (James, Durant, Paul, Carmelo, etc.). Guys like Jefferson are great to have, but really he should on a team with 2 others upper level guys, and get paid accordingly.

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