Prob­lem begets prob­lem

All told, the Suns got what they needed, as op­posed to wanted. Whether Mon­roe gets to stay, be bought out, or be dealt, they’ll clear cap space at the end of their 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 cam­paigns and have lee­way to shape the ros­ter as they see fit. Unfo

Business World - - WORLDSPORTS - OPIN­ION AN­THONY L. CUAYCONG

Lets’ face it. The Suns were des­tined to get pen­nies to the dol­lar for Eric Bled­soe once he went pub­lic with his de­sire to be traded. Not that he didn’t have cause to push for change; he was play­ing ex­tremely well be­fore the front of­fice shut him down in Fe­bru­ary in a bla­tant at­tempt to tank the re­main­der of the 2016- 2017 sea­son for prime lottery po­si­tion. On the other hand, his can­did “I don’t want to be here” tweet fol­low­ing yet an­other loss un­der­scored his petu­lance, thus de­press­ing his mar­ket value. It also didn’t help that gen­eral man­ager Ryan McDonough saw fit to throw him un­der the bus even as he was be­ing shopped around.

Which, in a nut­shell, was why the Suns could do no better than get 2010 sev­enth over­all pick Greg Mon­roe and two pro­tected draft as­sets from the Bucks in ex­change for Bled­soe. As much as they wanted prized point guard Mal­colm Brog­don, they sim­ply did not have the ne­go­ti­at­ing lever­age to push for their ideal trade. Never mind McDonough’s con­tention that “we are open to do­ing a deal when­ever the best of­fer presents it­self.” The clock was tick­ing, and the bait had been dam­aged enough as to en­cour­age low­balling.

Mov­ing for­ward, the Suns are now pressed to flip Mon­roe. The hope is that his ex­pir­ing con­tract will ex­tract mean­ing­ful looks from po­ten­tial part­ners aim­ing to cut down on pay­roll. Bar­ring that, they’ll likely move for a buy­out, and soon, given their in­tent to go all out on their youth-in­fused re­build­ing project. From the out­side look­ing in, it seems they got rid of one prob­lem and ac­quired an­other. Clearly, they thought of Bled­soe as a tu­mor that had to be ex­cised pronto.

All told, the Suns got what they needed, as op­posed to wanted. Whether Mon­roe gets to stay, be bought out, or be dealt, they’ll clear cap space at the end of their 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 cam­paigns and have lee­way to shape the ros­ter as they see fit. Un­for­tu­nately, they’re slated to get worse first, a de­vel­op­ment

fans won’t be happy to see un­fold.

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