Playoffs or not, the Suns are going to make some noise this offseason.
NBA GMs trade so many picks, that by tracing the paths of just four individual picks over three years, I can connect 20 different NBA teams to them. No, that's not a joke.
The Suns use the threat of two ball handlers and a bit of misdirection to get Miles Plumlee a dunk.
Teams negotiating contract extensions with players facing restricted free agency in the coming summer are working from a position of strength. With the right to match any offer their restricted free agent receives after the season, organizations hold a ubiquitous power over young players throughout such discourse.
In a vacuum, teams assessing whether or not to award a non-maximum extension before the early-season deadline should ask themselves a simple question: Is there a chance this prospective deal comes in below a player's market value this summer? If not, there's just no blanket justification for granting these often-lucrative contracts. Outperform expectations? Franchises will gladly pay the inflated price. Underwhelm? That omnipresent power in free agency remains.