The Philadelphia 76ers are expected to trade struggling point guard Markelle Fultz soon, and the Phoenix Suns appear to be a favorite in landing the first overall pick from 2017.
According to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer, although Fultz's trade value has gone down, a source said the Suns "are among the teams with some level of interest" in acquiring the 20-year-old point guard.
Fultz has been hampered by a shoulder and wrist injury, and his awful shooting problems have been well-documented thus far. Even though he has plenty of upside and is just 20 years of age, the 76ers figure to get a very minimal return for him.
With Ben Simmons, Jimmy Butler and Joel Embiid rounding out a star-studded core, Philadelphia doesn't need Fultz, and it makes sense to give him a fresh start elsewhere. The Suns would be a quality fit for Fultz, too.
Phoenix, like Philadelphia, has assembled a promising young core through very strong drafting. Devin Booker is growing into a franchise star, while 2018 first overall pick Deandre Ayton is enjoying a productive rookie year.
Throw in 2017 first rounder Josh Jackson, and the Suns look like a team that could make some major noise down the road. Adding a young player in Fultz to work around this young core might spark the superstar we saw in Washington, prior to being drafted first overall a year ago.
What This Means
Phoenix likely wouldn't have to give up any of their key young players for Fultz, perhaps a veteran or two and a draft pick. The Suns also are in desperate need of a true starting point guard, so they have every reason to go after Fultz.
The 76ers simply need to move on from Fultz and give him the chance to play elsewhere, and if the Suns are willing to take him off their hands, then a trade could go down very soon.