The Phoenix Suns have been making some notable moves in the NBA offseason. One of Phoenix Suns’ veteran guards, Cameron Payne, is reportedly heading to the San Antonio Spurs in a trade deal. Additionally, the Suns have secured the services of free-agent center Bol Bol through a one-year contract.
Cameron Payne, who had an impressive performance last season with the Phoenix Suns, averaging 10.3 points and 4.5 assists over 48 games, is bidding farewell to Phoenix. Multiple reports suggest that he will join the San Antonio Spurs, along with a future second-round pick and cash considerations. In return, the Suns will receive a protected future second-round pick.
In a separate transaction involving the Orlando Magic and the Suns, Phoenix has acquired three future second-round picks from the Magic in exchange for a 2026 first-round pick swap. This move showcases the Suns’ strategy of accumulating future assets.
The news of Cameron Payne ‘s trade prompted an emotional response from him on Twitter, as he expressed his love for Phoenix Suns. The 28-year-old point guard has been an integral part of the Suns’ roster for the past four seasons. He contributed an average of 9.8 points, 4.8 assists, and 2.6 rebounds per game. Payne was initially drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder as the 14th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.
Adding to their roster, the Suns have also signed free-agent center Bol Bol. Bol brings valuable skills to the team. Combining his size as a big man with impressive ball-handling abilities and the ability to shoot three-pointers, despite his subpar 26.5% three-point shooting percentage last season. Bol had a breakout season with the Orlando Magic. He played in 70 games and achieved career highs in points per game (9.1), rebounds per game (5.8), blocks per game (1.2), and minutes per game (21.5).
Phoenix has been far from quiet this offseason, despite the acquisition of Bradley Beal through a trade. The team has been actively building a strong supporting cast around Beal, Devin Booker, and Kevin Durant. In addition to the recent trades, the Suns have secured deals with sharpshooter Yuta Watanabe, big men Chimezie Metu and Drew Eubanks, and wing player Keita Bates-Diop.
By trading away Payne and adding Bol as a free agent. The Suns have created salary cap space while bolstering their roster. These moves demonstrate the team’s determination to craft a competitive and well-rounded lineup for the upcoming season.