Phoenix Suns: Trades For Turkoglu and Childress are Pricey Bids to Contend

July 11th, 2010 by Matt Petersen Leave a reply »
So the Suns tried to recover after all.

With fans in an uproar over the subpar signings following Amare Stoudemire's exit (Channing Frye, Hakim Warrick), Phoenix decided to make last-ditch attempt to stay in contention with sign-and-trades lined up to net Hedo Turkoglu and Josh Childress.

It's a series of moves showing the Suns aren't quite ready for the rebuilding effort. Turkoglu is 31 and locked in his contract through the 2013-14 season.

Phoenix can only hope they acquire the Turkoglu that spearheaded the 2009 Orlando Magic's NBA Finals run. The veteran from Turkey turned into a widely criticized 2009-10 campaign in which he averaged 11.3ppg and 4.6rpg, his lowest output since the 2003-04 season. reported Turkoglu would be the starting power forward. While he does boast a 6'10" height measurement, don't expect him to hold his own against more bruising "fours" in the Western Conference.

Still, his play-making abilities and versatile skill-set should be invaluable to a team that depends on rhythm, ball movement and good shooting. The move may be worth the sacrifice of Barbosa and financial flexibility ne ...

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