The Phoenix Suns won the NBA Draft Lottery this week, claiming the first overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Today Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough told Adrian Wojnorowski of ESPN that the team would be open trading the number 1 pick in next month’s draft.
Wojnarowki prompted McDonough by asking if he could follow Boston’s decision to trade down in last year’s draft.
The GM did not say whether a trade was a certainty but said the Suns would definitely be open to moving the pick for the right deal.
From our interview with Suns GM Ryan McDonough at the Draft Combine: Phoenix “certainly open” to trading the No. 1 overall pick. https://t.co/jC9TyAKH6l— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 19, 2018
“We’re certainly open to that. We’ll consider it,” McDonough said. “Obviously, we’ll have more information closer to the draft than we do today, after we go through the workout process and the interview process and we get the medical physicals. So we’re open to that.
“I think if you look around the NBA, as far as the veteran players, there are probably a few players we’d consider trading the pick for, not ... just pick for player No. 1. So it’ll be a busy month for us.
“I’ve never been with a franchise that’s had the No. 1 pick. So it’s a big responsibility, but especially in this draft with the talent at the top that we look forward to.”
NBC Sports has suggested McDonough’s mention of veteran players could be in reference to stars such as Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis and Karl Anthony-Towns.
The Suns received the first pick in Tuesday’s Draft Lottery after finishing the season with a league worst 21-61 record.
Arizona Center Deandre Ayton and Serbian wing Luka Doncic - currently playing professionally in Spain - are expected to go with the first two selections on June 21.