bwgood77 wrote:flintsky21 wrote:Question for Suns fans (hopefully I'm in the right thread): I was running through past drafts out of boredom and found something particularly interesting in the 2004 draft: The Phoenix Suns selecting Luol Deng with the 7th pick and then trading him to the Bulls for a future 1st round pick and Jackson Vroman. Why did the Suns do the trade? To save some money? They weren't in love with any of the rookies? How did the fans react at that time?
Thanks and hoping the best for you guys in the upcoming draft (and by best I mean picking Doncic but I digress).
We agreed to a trade prior to the pick being made. It seemed stupid. There were several bad mistakes that off season that largely were forgotten because the Suns ended up winning 62 games. Their plan was to go with wings and go small so they went out and signed Quentin Richardson and then signed Steve Nash. Joe Johnson was eligible for extension and wanted 6/50 but Sarver only wanted to offer him 6/45. It was chump change and had he agreed he would have been locked up....Sarver didn't want to after forking out the money for Q and Nash. Same reason they traded the pick...didn't want to pay for a rookie.
I was hoping they took Iguodala who would have been available as well. I don't know how much influence D'Antoni had on the deals or if it was all Colangelo but I always thought it would have been smart to just extend JJ, pick Iguodala and not sign Q. They took on too much money that would cost them.
They ended up trading Q for Kurt Thomas anyway, but later had to dump his contract by giving up two first rounders to get rid of it, one of those becoming Ibaka....OKC traded Kurt Thomas to San Antonio and he helped beat us in the playoffs later.
The summer of 04’ is looked at as a remarkable success in Suns history because of the Nash signing but they really cost themselves titles as well. JJ put up 19/5/5 after the Steph/Penny trade at 22 years old and we wouldn’t max him out which back then was 8-9 mil a year. We would’ve had the best backcourt in the league for 6 years. Then they turn around and basically ddump a top-10 pick (that would’ve costed less than 3 mil a year) and give the exact same contract to Q they wouldn’t give to JJ. No wonder he wanted out.
Iggy wouldn’t have contributed much that first year but think of Joe/Iggy on the wing together thru their athletic primes. Both capable of playing PG and defending multiple positions. Iggy was dynamite in the open floor while Joe could score in the half court. Both perfect compliments to Nash/Marion/Amare. We wouldn’t have had Diaw or Kurt but could’ve signed better depth bigs than Burke/Grant. You can’t really blame BC for leaving mid-season with the way he was hamstrung by ownership.
Probably the most athletic lineup in history...