This NBA offseason has been a whirlwind for Suns fans. You start by finally getting the #1 pick in the NBA Lottery. Then you draft the player that will hopefully make all of this losing worth it in Deandre Ayton. Pair that with a draft day trade to move up to #10 where you select a perfect fit in Mikal Bridges. Not to mention the Suns bringing in a solid veteran addition in Trevor Ariza.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 1, 2018
Lock it in, this is the best offseason for the entire NBA right? Wrong.
LeBron James decided to let the air out of the Suns’ balloon by signing a 4 year, $154 million deal with none other than the Los Angeles Lakers. Yes, the Lakers. The Lakers kept busy, adding Lance Stephenson, JaVale McGee, Rajon Rondo and rumors are swirling on who they will add next. As if Suns fans needed another reason to loathe that franchise. For most Suns fans, we have moved on from the rivalry with San Antonio, but the Lakers will always be enemy number one.
But I am here to encourage Suns fans. To quote Harvey Dent “The night is darkest just before dawn.” Yes, things may look bleak now, but realize that the Suns were not going to compete for a championship this year regardless. If anything, Suns fans should be encouraged by LeBron moving to LA. This fits really well in #TheTimeline. When LeBron’s contract is up, the Warriors will be 4 years older, the Rockets will have declined, and the majority of the premier Western Conference will be trending down. You will (hopefully) see a resurgence in the East, with teams like Philadelphia, Boston, and Toronto gaining strength. The NBA would greatly benefit from a Phoenix vs Philadelphia Finals, where the personalities and trash talk between Deandre Ayton and Joel Embiid will set NBA Twitter ablaze.
Don’t compare Ayton to me either… I play DEFENSE
— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) June 22, 2018
Yes, the Los Angeles Lakers fans will sell out the Talking Stick Resort Arena in those 4 years whenever the circus comes to town. Yes, it will be excruciating to see them have ANY success. But, you can take solace in knowing that the Lakers probably won’t get past Golden State, even with the addition of Kawhi Leonard. Anyone else remember the Lakers adding Karl Malone & Gary Payton? Or Dwight Howard & Steve Nash? Everyone assumed those moves could be instant championships.
The Suns are making moves, so much so, that they may end up with $40 million in cap space for next offseason. Where players like Klay Thompson, Tobias Harris, Kenneth Faried, Kemba Walker, and Al-Farouq Aminu are available. Not to mention the eventual 5-year max extension for star Devin Booker.
Sources: Suns owner Robert Sarver and GM Ryan McDonough are meeting with star guard Devin Booker and his agent Leon Rose to present the framework of his rookie extension contract offer on Tuesday in Los Angeles. Booker is a strong candidate for a max deal.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 2, 2018
So sit back, enjoy the fact that “the timeline” is working…even better than we may realize.