Dragan Bender/Jared Dudley/Marquese Chriss, Phoenix Suns

Most mock drafts have the Phoenix Suns taking Deandre Ayton with the No. 1 pick. Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman has them selecting Luka Doncic in his latest jam, but ESPN.com’s Jonathan Givony and The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie roll with Arizona’s 7’1″ big man.

Drew Packham of nfl jerseys wholesale cheap  compiled a consensus draft based on a bunch of different mocks. Ayton went to Phoenix in that one, too.

Choosing him demands the Suns tinker with their frontcourt rotation. They’re already bogged down by an excess of names, albeit not talent, and he only complicates the logjam.

Passing on Ayton doesn’t necessarily mitigate the redundancy, either. The Suns are smitten by Clint Capela (restricted) and, prior to the lottery, planned to make a run at him this summer, according to Rockets Wire’s Kelly Iko. authentic nfl jerseys cheap wholesale They reek of a team trying to soup up its frontline.

Renouncing Alex Len and waiving Alan Williams mitigates some of the redundancy, but not all of it. And though Dragan Bender, Marquese Chriss and Jared Dudley logged most of their court time at the 4, they exacerbate’s Phoenix’s overlap.

Josh Jackson and T.J. Warren should be getting burn at power forward, even if only in measured doses. Bender’s size and limited pull-up chops make him a better fit for the 5.cheap wholesale nfl jerseys  Chriss is in the same boat thanks to his fine offensive arsenal.

Bender has the most value of the three after drilling nearly 38 percent of his threes before the All-Star break, but all of them serve their own purpose. Chriss will seduce at least a couple of teams with his vertical pop, and Dudley’s expiring salary profiles as a good blockbuster anchor. nfl jersey cheap wholesale china

If maximizing their cap situation is the Suns’ priority, Dudley’s their odd man out. If they’re more bent on clearing out minutes in the frontcourt, either for Ayton, Capela, their small-ball 4s or someone else, Chriss’ slothy developmental curve renders him more expendable than Bender.

Longer-Shot Trade Candidates Worth Monitoring

Carmelo Anthony, Oklahoma City Thunder (early termination option)

Carmelo Anthony didn’t exactly endear himself to the Thunder’s long-term plans during his exit interview, per ESPN.com’s Royce Young:

“I think the player that they wanted me to be and needed me to be was for the sake of this season. As far as being effective as that type of player, I don’t think I can be effective as that type of player. I think I was willing to accept that challenge in that role, but I think I bring a little bit more to the game as far as being more knowledgeable and what I still can do as a basketball player.”

Neither Anthony nor the Thunder has a clear way out of this marriage. He’s not passing up the $27.9 million he’s owed next season. That would be absurd. It’ll take him three years to recoup that value in this summer’s market.

Finding a trade partner to take on his money is mostly out of the question. Expiring deals can always be rerouted, but no team is swallowing Anthony’s cap hit without sending back dead weight in return. Unless the Thunder are inexplicably interested in longer-team contracts for Ryan Anderson, Serge Ibaka or Evan Turner, they’re better off holding serve and hoping that coaxes Melo into surrendering a few bills during buyout talks.

Tobias Harris, Los Angeles Clippers

Giving head coach Doc Rivers an extension suggests the Clippers are against blowing their core to smithereens and rebuilding from scratch. But they could easily change cheap nfl jerseys wholesale their tune if both Avery Bradley and DeAndre Jordan (player option) bounce in free agency.

Whatever the prompt, steering into a reset would demand Los Angeles gauge Tobias Harris’ value. He turns 26 in July, so he’s young enough to survive the transition. But he enters free agency next summer, and that contract isn’t one a rebuilding squad should want to bankroll.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Brooklyn Nets

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will hit restricted free agency in 2019 if he doesn’t hash out an extension with the Nets. Spencer Dinwiddie and D’Angelo Russell (restricted) nfl jerseys cheap wholesale will be up for raises as well. Brooklyn isn’t going to re-sign all three of them. It’ll cost too much.

Dinwiddie and Russell overlap with other skill sets on the roster more than Hollis-Jefferson, but the persisting absence of three-point range caps his offensive ceiling. If the Nets cannot work out a team-friendly extension or don’t see him expanding upon his mid-range game, it makes sense to shop him rather than chance an overpriced offer sheet next July.nfl jersey cheap wholesale

The caveat: They probably won’t kick around this idea until the lead-up to the February deadline, when they’ll have a better hold on Hollis-Jefferson’s development and potential price point.

Serge Ibaka, Toronto Raptors

Moving the two years and $45 million remaining on Ibaka’s contract was always going to be difficult. Trading him now, after he no-showed through his final six playoff tilts, feels impossible without attaching sweeteners the Raptors don’t have. wholesale cheap nfl jerseys