It’s no secret that the Phoenix Suns could do with more depth, as the issue rears its head as Chris Paul and Cameron Payne struggled at the end of the playoffs.
As the franchise is trying to upgrade a roster of contenders in the tournament, a number of options have been mentioned as potential targets. Now, the Suns has been linked to one of the best point guards of the past decade.
The Phoenix Suns game requires another backup guard, but four-time winner Kemba Walker shouldn’t be a primary candidate for James Jones and the front desk.
According to Shawn Daveney Heavy.coma league executive believes Walker could be of interest to the Suns if he completes a purchase deal with the Detroit Pistons as expected.
“There has been talk of him going to Charlotte, and that would be a good story for a team that might need one with (Miles) Bridges,” the CEO said. “But if he wanted to play for a competitor, he’d probably be better off looking at Phoenix.
They need another guard, they need deep behind Paul. Give him a no-guaranteed deal and see how it goes, you can still make a change in January.”
Injuries undoubtedly slowed Walker from his previous All-Star form. The explosive first move had deteriorated, while the defense, which was not good at first, became an even greater weakness.
He remains a competent three-point shooting player, knocking down nearly 37% of his attempts last season with the Knicks. His only season in New York ended in failure, with Walker and the franchise reaching an agreement that he would not play soon after the trade deadline.
Walker has been a fantastic player in the NBA, but at just 32 years old, there are growing question marks about the value he left at the NBA level. Deserves a chance in a backup role but does he have to be with the sun?
The best case would be for Walker to prove that he is a productive regular season player for 15 minutes per game. But even in this circumstance, his defensive weaknesses would make him a burden and almost unplayable.
As a team contending for the championship and needing to squeeze value out of their last rosters, Phoenix needs someone who they believe can be a significant contributor to the playoff round. On the evidence exposed in the last 12 months, Walker does not offer that option.