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Suns trade Sebastian Telfair to the Raptors

Feb 21, 2013, 3:10 PM EDT

Sebastian Telfair, Brandon Rush

The Suns are in a full-fledged rebuild, and have no need for serviceable reserve players who would take minutes over the team’s young talent that needs to develop.

As a result, Phoenix has agreed to send Sebastian Telfair to the Raptors in exchange for Hamed Haddadi and a protected second round draft pick, according to multiple reports.

Telfair has averaged 6.0 points and 2.5 assists in 17.3 minutes per game this season, but has only appeared in two of the Suns’ last nine games. His time in the rotation has instead been given to Kendall Marshall and Wesley Johnson to give them the opportunity to learn on the court by playing meaningful NBA minutes.

Haddadi ended up in Toronto as part of the Rudy Gay trade, and barely gets off the bench. He appeared in just 13 games in Memphis this season, averaging 1.2 points and 1.8 rebounds in 6.2 minutes per game. His contract could expire after this season, if a team option for 2013-14 in the neighborhood of $1.4 million is not exercised.

For the Suns, this was about getting any compensation possible for Telfair, who wasn’t going to play for them much the rest of the season anyway. The second round pick is plenty, and the Raptors get a decent point guard to back up Kyle Lowry as they try to make a late push to get into the postseason.

  1. turdfurgerson68 - Feb 21, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    A protected 2nd round pick and a guy who will be bought out asap for Telfair…sounds about right.

    And to think some Sun fans wanted 1st rd talent for him…Hahahahaha!

    • scooper15928 - Feb 21, 2013 at 8:07 PM

      I’m happier with this, but I got like 25 thumbs down from Celtics fans for suggesting Melo and a 2nd round pick. I don’t see a difference in this trade. The 2nd round pick is still a 2nd round pick, and if any Celtics fans think Melo is ever going to be much better than Haddadi, they should take a closer look.

      • turdfurgerson68 - Feb 22, 2013 at 12:16 AM

        Fab Melo has blayed like 10 mins in the NBA and you’re already grouping him in with a make-the-numbers-work trade throw in like Haddadi???

        Melo was drafted on his potential a few seasons down the road. Maybe he will become a decent player, maybe not. But we do now that Haddadi stinks now AND going forward. Gotta give Melo some time to try and develop. Athletic 7 ft’s don’t grow on trees.

        Why should Boston give up on a potentially good big man in exchange for a undersized 3rd string PG like Telfair?

        Phoenix made out like bandits on this deal. All I would have given for Telfair is cash considerations…low cash considerations.

  2. spyder9669 - Feb 21, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Suns fans definitely did not expect to get 1st round talent for him. Not sure where you got that nonsense.

    • turdfurgerson68 - Feb 22, 2013 at 12:20 AM

      Suns fans wanted Fab Melo. Fab Melo was drafted in the 1st rd, i.e, ‘first round talent’.

      Melo may or may not be considered 1st round talent in a few seasons, but every so-called draft pundit had him going in the 1st round.

      Nonsense? Nah….

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