The Phoenix Suns had been stockpiling assets over the past year and a half, culminating with four picks in this year’s draft and enough cap space to offer two max contracts this summer. Now the franchise is aiming high. As reported by Yahoo Sport’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Suns are making a play to reel in free agents LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony to play together.
Last week the team offered guard Eric Bledsoe a $3.7 million qualifying offer (they have the right to match any offer he receives in free agency) and Goran Dragic is in the third year of a four-year, $30 million deal, so the backcourt could remain intact as the team chases the pair to add to a roster that narrowly missed out on a playoff spot in the West this year (they won 48 games.)
Phoenix has $33.5 million in cap space and could move a few pieces to open up the $10 million more needed for both James and Anthony to max deals. James has been mum on which way he’s leaning but Anthony has been vocal that he’d like to make a quick decision and play for a contender. Phoenix might be a surprise contender for the duo but with an already successful core in place and the money to pair a four-time MVP with a former scoring champ, the Suns just became a major player in the free agent sweepstakes set to being on July 1.