Bontemps Team, ESPNJul 16, 2023, 12:52 PM ET
The Phoenix Suns continued their prolific offseason on Sunday by agreeing a one-year contract with free agent forward Bol Bol, sending Cameron Payne and a future second-round pick to the San Antonio Spurs for a future-second-rounder, and gaining three future-second-round picks. . -a round pick from the Orlando Magic in exchange for a 2026 first-round pick swap, sources have told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Bol, 23, set career highs in nearly every category in his fourth NBA season, playing in 70 games — and starting 33 — for Orlando, averaging 9.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game. He gave the Suns another long and athletic build with the reverse positioning to field a core of Kevin Durant, Devin Booker, Bradley Beal and Deandre Ayton. Bol’s deal for next season is fully secured, sources said.
The Suns currently have 11 players on minimum deals behind their four stars.
By switching away from Payne, the Suns save a projected $26.4 million in luxury tax for next season, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks, while creating a $6.5 million trade exemption.
The 28-year-old point guard revived his career over the last three seasons with the Suns, joining them for their impressive 2020 bubble and remaining for the last three. He was instrumental in Phoenix’s run to the NBA Finals in 2021 and averaged 10.3 points and 4.5 assists for the Suns last season. Phoenix is also interested in the potential of Jordan Goodwin, a third-year guard who came to Phoenix from Washington in the Beal trade last month.
That Beal trade ended up leaving the Suns without a future second-round option to make a move for the next seven years. However, after trading with Memphis and Sunday’s deals with the Spurs and Magic, the Suns now have six second-round futures with four first-round picks.
Phoenix will now take the worst of the first three rounds between him, Washington and Orlando in 2026, as the Suns continue to bet aggressively on themselves. Owner Mat Ishbia has completely revamped the franchise – including replacing former coach Monty Williams with Frank Vogel – since officially taking over from Robert Sarver in February.