Suns interested in Love deal w/best assets Dragic, Bledsoe & picks.NBA sources say it will take full max deal to control free agent Bledsoe.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) June 7, 2014
Goran Dragic made the All-NBA third team this season, and Eric Bledsoe is 24 years old with All-Star appearances in his future. They were a deadly backcourt for the Suns, and general manager Ryan McDonough told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne in December that they would do "whatever it takes" to keep Bledsoe and match "any reasonable offer." You'd think it would have to be a special situation to consider breaking up the duo, but Love being on the trade market should qualify as a special situation.
As great as Dragic and Bledsoe were together, moving one of them in a Love deal would make sense. Phoenix would still have one fantastic point guard, and it would gain a power forward who is as good as it gets. This year was a huge, surprising step in the right direction for the franchise, and to wind up with Love two years after a 25-57 season would be an incredible turnaround for McDonough.
Phoenix owns the 14th, 18th, 27th and 50th picks in this year's draft, and it has future first-round picks on the way from the Los Angeles Lakers and the Wolves. The best-case scenario for Minnesota would be trading Love for a star and young players or picks -- there is no word yet on what the Suns intend to offer, but they are capable of making that happen.
There are significant questions here -- what are other teams offering, what does Love think of Phoenix and have the Wolves given up on keeping him? All of this will become more clear in the coming weeks, but if the Suns are indeed interested, they should be taken seriously.