PHOENIX — The Suns did not make a pick in the 2021 NBA draft on Thursday.
They got better anyway, according to several NBA writers and analysts.
Although not official, the Suns have agreed to a deal with the Brooklyn Nets to acquire guard Landry Shamet from the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for guard Jevon Carter and the No. 29 pick in the 2021 NBA draft (Day’Ron Sharpe).
Here’s what they’re saying about the Suns-Nets trade:
NBAanalysis.net gave the Suns a B+ for the deal and the Nets a C+.
Kenneth Teape wrote: “This was a good trade for the Phoenix Suns. As mentioned earlier, the Suns will save a little bit of money, which is something ownership always likes to do. While Robert Sarver has said that he will pay the luxury tax once extensions for their young players in Deandre Ayton and Mikal Bridges are due, it is nice having some more flexibility until that happens. Shamet will give the Suns some good backcourt depth, which was needed. Langston Galloway, Cameron Payne, E’Twaun Moore and Chris Paul will all be free agents. Paul is widely expected to re-sign, but that is not the case for everyone. Galloway has already stated that he is looking for a bigger role next season and there is a chance a team comes with a big offer for Payne after how well he played in the postseason. Shamet gives the team insurance in case that occurs.”
Bleacher Report gave Phoenix a B- and Brooklyn a B+.
Dan Favale wrote: “Loving this trade for the Suns is much harder knowing Jared Butler and Miles McBride were on the board at No. 29. The logic is still justifiable. Phoenix hasn’t had a true backup 2-guard in, like, forever. Shamet arms them with one who can splash in threes off motion and take on some extra ball-handling responsibilities. (He hinted at real depth in the latter department during his time with the Clippers.) He is also some insurance against the departure of Cameron Payne in free agency. Skeptics will worry about the Suns’ willingness to pony up for their own talent. Chris Paul has a $44.2 million player option for next season and will cost a pretty penny whether he picks it up and extends off that number or signs an entirely new deal. Luxury-tax concerns could get real in Phoenix. They’ll be fait accompli next year, when Deandre Ayton, Mikal Bridges and Landry Shamet are all on new deals. Worrying about 2022-23 is overrated. CP3 is beyond likely to stay now that Lakers fans’ primary pipe dream is off the table following the Russell Westbrook trade. This deal infers a commitment to strengthening a title contender through at least next season.”
NBC Sports wrote that the Suns got better.
Kurt Helin wrote: “Sitting in the locker room after losing the NBA Finals, Phoenix Suns players talked about how it was going to be harder next year to get back to this same stage, let alone take the next step. The Suns know they need to be better. The Suns just got better … Every team can use more shooting, and the Suns just added it — Shamet shot 38.7% from 3 last season. He can put the ball on the floor and attack closeouts as well. He’s not the backup for Chris Paul the Suns still need to find this offseason, but Shamet will fit well in Monty Williams’ offense. The long-term question with Shamet is money. He is extension eligible this offseason and will be a restricted free agent next summer, and he will get his money (shooters get paid). If his salary jumps up to around the league average ($10 million, give or take), will the Suns want to pay that as they flirt with the luxury tax? That’s a question for a year from now; for next season Shamet makes the Suns better.”
NBA.com gave the Suns a B+.
Kyle Irving wrote: “The Suns reportedly traded the No. 29 pick and Jevon Carter to the Nets for Landry Shamet prior to the draft. Adding Shamet gives Phoenix an established role player who can fill a reserve guard role if Cameron Payne leaves in free agency.”