BREAK OUT THE TOOLBOX, IT'S TIME TO REBUILD THIS DUMP: A FREE-AGENCY BATTLE PLAN FOR THE PHOENIX SUNS

Must admit, it’s been so quiet over there lately that I kind of forgot about them. Hardly a good sign when you’re team is built around a 37 year old superstar and very little else. Poor Steve Nash. Caught between his love of the city and it’s fans and a cheapskate owner, who let any real shot at contending  walk out the door when Amar’e Stoudemire split for New York.To his eternal credit, Steve Nash has yet to ask out of Phoenix like so many other stars seem to be doing lately.

Honestly, I can’t fathom why. Still, it’s hard to find any fault in that kind of loyalty.

Sure, there are worse situations in the NBA talent-wise, but this team is going nowhere fast, and as soon as they see fit to trade Nash, half of the fans are likely to leave with him.

RIGHT MOVE

If you love someone, set them free


Not long ago, the Suns were perennial contenders. Today, things look a little different. Aside from Nash, the next best player on the current roster is…

Marcin Gortat.

Hey, I like Gortat, but it should be clear to all that this team is average at best. By all reports, the team is hell-bent on re-sgning 39 year old free-agent Grant Hill, as it is well known that Nash would like to see his buddy back in the fold.

Then what?

I mean, is Grant Hill the last piece to the championship puzzle here? Of course not. Thing is, Nash is a free-agent himself at the end of the year, and if there is ever a time to part with him, it’s right now.

Not only is it the honorable thing to do, but it makes perfect sense business-wise. Move Nash to a contender now and get some young talent back in return. This team has a rebuilding process staring right in the face, and the sooner the embrace it, the better.

WRONG MOVE


Delaying the inevitable


It’s time to pack it in, guys. Yeah, you could spend some money this year to bring in some players. Hell, if you’re lucky you might improve enough to squeak into the playoffs  and everything. Or, you could do the sensible thing and move on.

Really, that’s all there is to say here.

BOTTOM LINE


This franchise is in trouble, at least for the immediate future. No talent, no prospects and an owner who wouldn’t spend enough even when the team was right on the brink of winning it all. Hate to be a bummer here, but it’s gonna get worse before it gets better.

Most likely, this team will be almost unrecognizable this time next year. If you’re lucky, Alvin Gentry will still be here, coaching 12 average players to a .550 record in spite of their limitations, and fans will wonder where it all went wrong.

Damn, I’ve gone and depressed myself.

-John Hathwell

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