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Word on the Street: Suns, Sonics Closing in on Deal? (Update:12:55 AM)
by: Jonathan Givony - President
June 24, 2006
Multiple sources told DraftExpress today that the Phoenix Suns and Seattle Supersonics are working on a potential blockbuster trade. The Sonics have implied to numerous people over the past 48 hours that “something is going to go down,” white another source in Seattle told us that the Supersonics are “getting very close” to finalizing a trade.

While the exact details of the trade are still unknown, numerous names have been mentioned as key components. The main ones are Shawn Marion and Rashard Lewis, who would be exchanged along with the team’s first round draft choices (#10 for #27). Other pieces that are being discussed include Leandro Barbosa and Danny Fortson.

Seattle is interested in moving Rashard Lewis due to the fact that they believe he will opt out of his contract next summer and will end up losing him for nothing. With so many concerns about the future of the franchise in Seattle, the best way to put fans in the seats is certainly to start winning more games, which is the primary motive of this trade.

Phoenix’s motive is to avoid the luxury tax for next season, which they are dangerously close to, and still keep the team as competitive as they are now. The Suns still have to extend Boris Diaw for 5 years and anywhere from 45-55 million dollars, which would put them well above the luxury tax threshold. With Leandro Barbosa looking for a contract starting in the 7-8 million dollar range, and Steve Nash, Amare Stoudemire and Shawn Marion making max or near max dollars, keeping their core together past next season does not appear to be very likely. Instead, the Suns can save quite a bit of money in the long term by taking on Rashard Lewis’ more affordable deal and securing an immediate contributor (such as Rodney Carney or Ronnie Brewer) on a cheap 4 year rookie contract. Lewis makes over 5 million dollars less than Marion.

Danny Fortson would be used as filler to make the trade work under the cap. He is an ending contract next year and could either give the Suns more toughness, rebounding and depth, be used as trade bait, or bought out of his contract. That depends on whether or not he can resolve his differences with Jerry Colangelo, whom he sued for defamation in 2004 for calling him a “thug” in the media after breaking Zarko Cabarkapa’s wrist in a game between Dallas and Phoenix.




(Update: 12:55) Another trade rumor that is making the rounds involves New Jersey and Philadelphia. The simple version of this trade would have the Sixers sending the #13 pick in the draft to New Jersey in return for the #22 and #23 picks. The Nets would almost certainly be looking to upgrade their frontline, with any of Shelden Williams, Cedric Simmons, Patrick O’Bryant or Hilton Armstrong being feasible options. Philadelphia would likely be looking whoever is left on the board at that point, with players like Maurice Ager, Quincy Douby, Shawne Williams, Mardy Collins or Shannon Brown being the most likely targets.
 
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Shawn Marion
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Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 220 lbs.
Birthday: 05/07/1978
36 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Clarksville
Previous Team: UNLV , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #9 in 1999 Draft
by the Suns
Positions:
Current: F,
NBA: SF/PF,
Possible: F
Quick Stats:
10.4 Pts, 6.5 Rebs, 1.6 Asts


Rashard Lewis
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Physicals
Height: 6' 10"
Weight: 190 lbs.
Birthday: 08/08/1979
34 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Alief Elsik
Previous Team: , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #3 in 1998 Draft
by the Supersonics
Positions:
Current: F,
NBA: SF/PF,
Possible: F
Quick Stats:
4.5 Pts, 1.8 Rebs, 1.0 Asts


Danny Fortson
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Physicals
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 257 lbs.
Birthday: 03/27/1976
38 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Shaler Area
Previous Team: , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #10 in 1997 Draft
by the Bucks
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
2.9 Pts, 3.1 Rebs, 0.1 Asts


Boris Diaw
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Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 203 lbs.
Birthday: 04/16/1982
32 Years Old
Teams:
High School:
Previous Team: , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #21 in 2003 Draft
by the Hawks
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
9.1 Pts, 4.1 Rebs, 2.8 Asts


Steve Nash
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Physicals
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 187 lbs.
Birthday: 02/07/1974
40 Years Old
Teams:
High School: St. Michaels University
Previous Team: , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #15 in 1996 Draft
by the Suns
Positions:
Current: G,
NBA: PG,
Possible: G
Quick Stats:
6.8 Pts, 1.9 Rebs, 5.7 Asts


Amare Stoudemire
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 10"
Weight: 233 lbs.
Birthday: 11/16/1982
31 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Cypress Creek
Previous Team: , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #9 in 2002 Draft
by the Suns
Positions:
Current: PF/C,
NBA: PF/C,
Possible: PF/C
Quick Stats:
11.9 Pts, 4.9 Rebs, 0.5 Asts


Rodney Carney
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Physicals
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 204 lbs.
Birthday: 04/05/1984
30 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Indianapolis Northwest
Previous Team: Memphis , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #16 in 2006 Draft
by the Bulls
Positions:
Current: SG/SF,
NBA: SG/SF,
Possible: SG/SF
Quick Stats:
5.0 Pts, 2.0 Rebs, 0.0 Asts


Ronnie Brewer
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Physicals
Height: 6' 7"
Weight: 223 lbs.
Birthday: 03/21/1985
29 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Fayetteville
Previous Team: Arkansas , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #14 in 2006 Draft
by the Jazz
Positions:
Current: SG/SF,
NBA: SG/SF,
Possible: SG/SF
Quick Stats:
0.3 Pts, 0.6 Rebs, 0.4 Asts


Zarko Cabarkapa
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 11"
Weight: 235 lbs.
Birthday: 05/21/1981
33 Years Old
Teams:
High School:
Previous Team: , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #17 in 2003 Draft
by the Suns
Positions:
Current: F,
NBA: F,
Possible: F
Quick Stats:
2.8 Pts, 1.3 Rebs, 0.3 Asts


Shelden Williams
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 258 lbs.
Birthday: 10/22/1983
30 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Midwest City
Previous Team: Chalon , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #5 in 2006 Draft
by the Hawks
Positions:
Current: PF/C,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF/C
Quick Stats:
22.0 Pts, 11.8 Rebs, 1.1 Asts


Cedric Simmons
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Physicals
Height: 6' 9"
Weight: 223 lbs.
Birthday: 01/03/1986
28 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Brunswick West
Previous Team: N.C. State , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #15 in 2006 Draft
by the Hornets
Positions:
Current: PF/C,
NBA: PF,
Possible: PF/C
Quick Stats:
4.5 Pts, 3.8 Rebs, 0.2 Asts


Patrick O'Bryant
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Physicals
Height: 7' 0"
Weight: 249 lbs.
Birthday: 06/22/1986
28 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Blaine
Previous Team: Bradley , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #9 in 2006 Draft
by the Warriors
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: C
Quick Stats:
9.1 Pts, 6.6 Rebs, 1.5 Asts


Hilton Armstrong
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 10"
Weight: 240 lbs.
Birthday: 11/25/1984
29 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Peekskill
Previous Team: Panathinaikos , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #12 in 2006 Draft
by the Hornets
Positions:
Current: PF/C,
NBA: PF/C,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
1.3 Pts, 2.4 Rebs, 0.3 Asts


Maurice Ager
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 203 lbs.
Birthday: 02/09/1984
30 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Crockett
Previous Team: Michigan State , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #28 in 2006 Draft
by the Mavericks
Positions:
Current: SG/SF,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG/SF
Quick Stats:
3.8 Pts, 0.5 Rebs, 0.3 Asts


Quincy Douby
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Physicals
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 175 lbs.
Birthday: 05/16/1984
30 Years Old
Teams:
High School: St. Thomas Moore
Previous Team: Zhejiang C , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #19 in 2006 Draft
by the Kings
Positions:
Current: PG/SG,
NBA: PG/SG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
20.5 Pts, 3.0 Rebs, 2.8 Asts


Shawne Williams
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Physicals
Height: 6' 9"
Weight: 227 lbs.
Birthday: 02/16/1986
28 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Laurinburg Institute
Previous Team: Memphis , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #17 in 2006 Draft
by the Pacers
Positions:
Current: SF/PF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SF/PF
Quick Stats:
19.7 Pts, 7.2 Rebs, 1.8 Asts


Mardy Collins
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Physicals
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 224 lbs.
Birthday: 08/04/1984
29 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Simon Gratz
Previous Team: Temple , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #29 in 2006 Draft
by the Knicks
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG/SG,
Possible: PG
Quick Stats:
14.3 Pts, 4.4 Rebs, 3.0 Asts


Shannon Brown
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Physicals
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 200 lbs.
Birthday: 11/30/1985
28 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Proviso East
Previous Team: Michigan State , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #25 in 2006 Draft
by the Cavaliers
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG
Quick Stats:
7.4 Pts, 1.4 Rebs, 0.4 Asts


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