The Phoenix Suns entered this year’s NBA offseason knowing they had some big changes they needed to make.
Despite making a massive investment in bringing Kevin Durant to the organization to try and win the franchise its first ever ring, the team fell well short.
They were embarrassed in front of their home crowd by the Denver Nuggets as they were eliminated in Game 6 of their second round series.
One of the big changes they knew they would need to make was at point guard.
Chris Paul showed clear signs of decline this season and was unavailable for most of the series against the Nuggets. He also has a pretty hefty contract.
This week, the Suns reportedly let CP3 know that they’d be letting him go.
With the Suns letting their starting point guard go, they now need to go out and find somebody to play the position that they believe can put them over the top. Right now, it appears they are looking at 5 potential options at point guard.
According to Yahoo’s Jake Fischer, the Suns have shown interest in Monte Morris, Immanuel Quickley, Payton Pritchard, Davion Mitchell, and Gabe Vincent.
The point guard market will take center stage this summer. A first stab @YahooSports untangling the Chris Paul web in Phoenix, that touches from the Lakers, Kyrie Irving and James Harden to everyone in between: https://t.co/EOvFTyZgbD
— Jake Fischer (@JakeLFischer) June 9, 2023
Any one of these options would certainly present much less of a salary cap issue than Paul and would make the team quite a bit younger.
Each of these options offers something different. Morris is the most established. Immanuel Quickley has had the most consistent career and is the best scorer. Mitchell has arguably the highest ceiling. Pritchard is the best shooter and probably the cheapest.
None of these players is the kind of star that some Suns fans are probably expecting to replace a name like Chris Paul, but there are some solid options on that list.
Maybe one of these point guards will be the first signing the Phoenix Suns make as they try to figure out how to get past the Nuggets in the Western Conference next season.