After losing the heart and soul of their franchise for the past 8 years in Steve Nash, the Phoenix Suns acted quickly and decisively to try and build a competitive team for the post-Nash era. First was the signing of Michael Beasley to a 3 year $18 million deal, then came promising young point guard (and former Nash understudy) Goran Dragic for 4 years $34 million. Finally, the team offered a max contract to New Orleans Hornets shooting guard Eric Gordon, who not only accepted the offer but pleaded with the Hornets front office not to match the offer as his heart was in Phoenix. Alas, the Hornets still matched the offer (as expected) and being a restricted free agent, Gordon has no say in the matter.
The Suns rebounded quickly again, this time by winning the bidding for recently waived power forward Luis Scola through the amnesty process. In order to do so the Suns used the amnesty provision on their own forward, Josh Childress, thus wiping the 3 years and $21 million left on his deal. With their forward rotation looking set, the Suns are now set to turn their eye on bolstering the guard position (to fill the position initially pegged for Eric Gordon). OJ Mayo and Courtney Lee are said to be at the top of the Suns’ wish list, and they will likely have a decent shot at landing them as they can offer the most money out of all the potential suitors for the young guards.