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Why The Suns Can't Trade Up In The Draft

The Suns are sitting on the 46th and 60th pick in tonight's draft and they really can't afford to move up.

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No, I am not talking about the amount of money it would cost to buy into the first round (although Steve Kerr did recently point out the $2m it cost the Blazers to move up 10 spots in the second round).

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The problem the Suns have is uncertainty.

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Let's say for the sake of argument that the Suns were able to trade Leandro Barbosa for Minnesota's 16th pick and a 2012 first-round pick as well. The fairness of that deal aside, what would the Suns do with that pick?

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Do they draft a big man like Patrick Patterson or Cole Aldridge or do they go for a wing player like Paul George or Avery Bradley to replace Leandro?

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There is absolutely no way to know what the Suns needs are going to be until after the free agency rush is over. In addition to the Amare Saga, the Suns' other two free agents are Channing Frye (if he opts out as expected) and Louis Amundson. You will probably notice that all three are power forward/center types.

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If the Suns do lose all of those guys (or even two of them), they will need to aggressively go into the free agent market and try and fill the roster with a couple of bigs.

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If the Suns manage to keep Amare and Frye, then there is absolutely no need to spend a lot of money or trade assets on that position -- or really any position.

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The mostly likely scenario is some unknown combination of needs that will only be clear around the 8th or 10th of July. Or later. Today, with the draft in a few hours, there is no need for the Suns to spend money or give up assets to move into the first round.