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Death, Taxes and the Phoenix Suns interested in a Kentucky guard

It’s June, which means the Phoenix Suns organization is interested in selecting a former Kentucky Wildcat in the NBA draft.

This time, it’s Malik Monk who has the attention of Suns management after his Tuesday workout with the team. Suns assistant general manager Pat Connelly said, “He had one of the best shooting performances we’ve seen from deep with a workout over the past few years.”

Of course, Phoenix, which holds the No. 4 overall pick in the upcoming draft, is already loaded in the backcourt with four former Kentucky Wildcats, including a young shooting guard with a bright future in Devin Booker. It’s unlikely they would add another shooting guard to the roster with the fourth pick, but it sounds like they’re really impressed by Monk’s Tuesday workout.

If not Monk, the Suns could take De’Aaron Fox to run point. projects Fox to the Suns at No. 4 with Monk going eighth overall to the Knicks. Chad Ford predicts the same in his new mock draft, updated today.

Is Phoenix going with a Wildcat again?

Article written by Drew Franklin

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9 Comments for Death, Taxes and the Phoenix Suns interested in a Kentucky guard

  1. Sentient Third Eye
    4:21 pm June 6, 2017 Permalink

    Depending on what the board looks like, it might make sense to pick him and then trade him. That would maximize the value of their draft pick. PHX doesn’t really need any more youth right now anyway.

  2. maximumscott
    4:28 pm June 6, 2017 Permalink

    Since they have a rising star in Booker. It might be an investment and risk worth taking. If Monk has a good rookie year alongside Booker they can shop him for a more proven veteran player and trade him all while keeping booker, who plays the similar position. Monk wont be a player coming off the bench and that means 1 of them will have to go eventually. Monk would be an investment.

  3. chris43
    4:30 pm June 6, 2017 Permalink

    They also don’t need another shooting guard. This doesn’t make much sense.

    • Han
      7:10 pm June 6, 2017 Permalink

      The Suns don’t do too great at their drafting, especially for guards. Consider that they traded for both Bledsoe (2013) and Knight (2015), who are both still on their roster (despite supposed attempts to trade Knight), and yet these are the PGs they drafted in roughly the same period.

      2012 – Kendall Marshall (UNC) – 1 season, traded
      2013 – Nemanja Nedović (Lithuania) – traded draft night to the Warriors – played part of 1 season
      2014 – Tyler Ennis (Syracuse) – 1 season, traded to Bucks in deal to get Brandon Knight and Kendall Marshall (waived)
      2015 – Andrew Harrison (UK) – traded to Memphis
      2016 – Tyler Ulis (UK)

      They of course also drafted Booker in 2015, and Goodwin in 2013 (after his rights were traded twice). And because I didn’t remember it, the Suns also drafted Rondo before trading him to the Celtics for the Cavs’ first round pick in 2007 and cash (Suns also sent another player). They just love UK Wildcats on draft night, even if they only have them briefly. (Also worth noting that the Suns traded for Brandon Knight on the same day they traded away Isaiah “2-time All Star as a Celtic” Thomas.)

      This is just from wikipedia showing the guys they drafted, so if they traded on draft night for someone else’s PG and I didn’t stumble across it, it’s not included here.

  4. bigb
    4:34 pm June 6, 2017 Permalink

    They need bigs

    • secrick
      4:57 pm June 6, 2017 Permalink

      Bigs is what they need unless they run across another Curry.

  5. RealCatsFan
    5:30 pm June 6, 2017 Permalink

    Can we get some momentum behind getting the Suns to move to Louisville and play in the YUM Center?

    • Han
      7:13 pm June 6, 2017 Permalink

      If Lebron is serious about being an owner one day, and he can’t pry the Cavs from Gilbert, next closest place could be leading the charge to get a team in Louisville. Maybe by then the city will have grown a backbone and stopped bending over for Jurich and UofL.

  6. Lukifer
    8:40 pm June 6, 2017 Permalink

    Pat Connelly looks like Dave Flemming had a rough week.