The Phoenix Suns are looking to take the next step after a very surprising 2013-14 season, and they have their eyes on one player in particular that they think could help them take that next step. According to a report from Marc Stein of ESPN, the Suns are trying to push themselves back into the race to sign free agent small forward Luol Deng. He would be an upgrade over P.J. Tucker in the starting lineup, and moving Tucker to the bench would also add excellent depth.
ESPN sources say Phoenix has tried to force its way into the Luol Deng bidding tonight. Miami has been pressing all day for deal with Deng
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 13, 2014
There is no denying that Deng would be a big addition for the Suns, but there are a ton of other teams that are interested in making the move as well. Phoenix will have to beat out the Miami Heat in particular, who currently appear to be in the drivers seat to sign Deng. All that being said, the Suns would be a very intriguing situation for Deng to step into, and he would immediately become one of the veteran leaders for an up-and-coming team.
Deng split 63 regular season games between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls lasts season, averaging 16.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game. Not only is he capable of scoring at a high level, he is also one of the best perimeter defenders in the NBA and would give the Suns a player to stick on the many talented wing players in the Western Conference. He may not be one of the flashiest names in the league, but he is certainly one of the more underrated.
Overall, it will be very intriguing to see where Deng decides to sign when all is said and done. There have been many teams throwing offers and interest his way, and he has his pick of where he wants to go. Phoenix may not be too high on his list at this point in time, but he very well could change his mind if the Suns continue to push for him.