Where is Robert Sarver? The Suns owner has let GM James Jones work freely in order to build the roster around the young nucleus of Devin Booker, Mikal Bridges, and Deandre Ayton. There’s a very real feeling that Booker isn’t happy in Phoenix and Jones realizes the pressure to win now. Jones wasted little to no time once free agency officially started with the trade for 10 x All-Star, Chris Paul. Sarver makes decisions with his wallet rather than his passion for basketball and desire to win a championship. It is OK for an owner to think with his wallet, but only if he has the team’s best interest at heart. Robert Sarver dismantled a team that had Championship aspirations when he chose to not resign Shawn Marion and brought in Shaquille O’Neal. Along with a flurry of other moves that didn’t make sense in his 16 year tenure. Not sure where the recent change of heart came from but the Suns have made another ‘win-now’ move by signing veteran power forward Jae Crowder to a 3 year deal worth 30 million.
Prior to tipping off the 2021 season, the Suns still have a few holes to fill. Outside of Paul and Booker they’re thin at Guard. Resigning the Bull Dog, Javon Carter for his defense and ability to knock down the 3 ball with regularity in 2020 was a good move as well. If anyone saw Javon Carter play at West Virginia you’d know that he can change a game with his defense. He’s relentless and he’s as tough as they come. Carter had a career season from 3 going 42%. Another move to be made needs to be resigning Dario Saric who was a key part of the Suns 8-0 bubble performance. after his bubble performance. He averaged about 15 ppg and 7 rebounds per game during the run that fell a game short of putting the Suns into the playoffs as the 8th seed.
Now that Robert Sarver is finally in the shadows and James Jones is the one at the forefront of the decision-making; it seems like the Suns might finally break the drought in the desert. Letting go of Kelly Oubre Jr. took some guts but that shows you the faith they have in Mikal Bridges, who will lead the league in steals one day. In the Valley of the Sun, the Suns have always been a beacon of light for sports fans in the Valley. From Connie Hawkins in the early 70’s to Sir Charles in the early 90’s, finally Steve Nash, Amare Stoudemire, Shawn Marion, and Joe Johnson in the early 00’s. The Suns have always had a proud, winning tradition. Now, it’s Devin Booker’s time to etch his name into the inner-workings of the Suns winning ways.