Trae Young likely won’t be Phoenix’s choice with the No. 1 selection in the 2018 NBA Draft, but the Suns are reportedly considering a trade to land the former Oklahoma point guard.
The Suns would need to give up plenty to get Young, who is projected as a lottery pick.
Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman reports the Suns are trying to land “a workout and dinner meeting” with Young ahead of the draft on June 21.
… the Suns “have been trying” to bring Young in for a workout and dinner meeting, moves that suggest they could try to trade back into the mid-to-late lottery to bolster their backcourt.
The Suns currently own the first and 16th picks in the first round as well as the first pick (No. 31 overall) of the second round. Wasserman suggested they could try to package No. 16, No. 31 and “maybe someone like Marquese Chriss” to try to wiggle their way back into the top 10.
The Suns seem to be set on Arizona’s Deandre Ayton for the No. 1 overall selection.
Boosting its roster with Ayton and Young in the same offseason could be a franchise-changing move for Phoenix.
Young was tough to stop at Oklahoma as one of the best shooters and passers in college basketball. Ayton was also a force, averaging 20.1 points and 11.6 rebounds per game as a freshman.
The combination of the 7-foot-1 Ayton and ultra-talented Young could be a recipe for success.
It won’t be easy for Phoenix, however, to both find a trade partner willing to take its assets and a trade partner with a high-enough pick to grab Young.
When is the 2018 NBA Draft?
The NBA Draft is scheduled for Thursday, June 21. The event will start at 7 p.m. ET.
The Barclays Center in New York will host the draft.