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Have you taken a look at who the Suns have at point guard? You may not recognize these names: Isaiah Canaan, Shaquille Harrison, Elie Okobo and De'Anthony Melton. Even for a team that's not expected to be a playoff contender in the West, that's a pretty worrying point guard line up. Thankfully, there's a young and cheap point guard in Brooklyn.
Let's get the obvious out of the way first, there's no chance Phoenix gets a top tier point guard such as Lillard or even Kemba Walker. The smarter move is a “stop gap” mid/low tier guard and the name that instantly comes to mind is Spencer Dinwiddie.
Dinwiddie, who is only 24 years old, is coming off a break out season in Brooklyn who is already dealing with a log jam of guards. Dinwiddie is also on the most favorable contract in the league, a mere $1.6 million due this season before he hits free agency.
Spencer Dinwiddie is probably not a starter on a playoff bound team, not yet at least, but he's easily a starter on a rebuilding one. While defiantly a ball dominant guard, his very high basketball IQ, ability to settle the offense, and his knack for rarely turning the ball over helps. Pairing a “veteran” such as him in a very young Suns team could actually help the team grow a lot in the upcoming season. Of course, there are concerns.
The largest issue is we have yet to see Spencer ever play off-ball effectively, he loves either having the ball in his hand or in straight isolation. The other issue is his rather ineffective defense and the issue that would be when paired next to Devin Booker, another player not known for his defense. Lastly, he's a soon to be free agent with his value arguably at its peak right now. Brooklyn will command a premium for him despite having a log jam of guards and Dinwiddie's free agency period isn't far off where he will also command a sizeable chunk of money.
Issues aside, the Suns desperately need a point guard and Spencer Dinwiddie nearly ticks all the boxes. With the season only a few weeks away and training camp even less, expect Phoenix to make a move sooner rather than later.