B/R Trade Sends Bojan Bogdanovic/Jordan Clarkson to Suns – Sports Illustrated

The Phoenix Suns had an offseason full of drama and rumors aplenty, and they're still looking to acquire talent. 
The stars didn't exactly align for star scorer Kevin Durant, but a recent trade that sent Donovan Mitchell to Cleveland opened up a potential fire sale for the Utah Jazz, and the Suns could be one of a few teams looking to cash in. 
Arizona Sports' John Gambadoro reported the Suns have made contact with Utah for a potential deal.
In their recent article discussing trades that still need to happen prior to training camp, Bleacher Report jumped on the recent buzz of Bogdanovic to Phoenix and even included a scoring option off the bench.
Phoenix Suns Receive: F Bojan Bogdanovic, SG Jordan Clarkson
Utah Jazz Receive: 2023 first-round pick (top-5 protected), 2023 second-round pick, F Jae Crowder, SG Landry Shamet, F/C Dario Saric
Here's what author Greg Swartz said on the deal:
"Can the Suns rely on internal improvements to make it out of the second round this year, especially with Chris Paul set to turn 38 in May? They shouldn't wait to find out.
"Both Bogdanovic (starting power forward) and Clarkson (sixth man) would be terrific additions to this Phoenix core, one that should still have championship aspirations.
"Bogdanovic (18.1 points, 38.7 percent from three) was the second-leading scorer for a Utah Jazz team that finished first in total offense last season and is a talented shot-maker from all over the court. With Deandre Ayton not yet becoming a reliable (or willing) three-point shooter, Bogdanovic gives this Suns offense the spacing it needs to thrive.
"Clarkson was the NBA's 2020-21 Sixth Man of the Year and averaged 15.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists off the bench for Utah last season. He's a big upgrade over Shamet as an offensive threat behind Devin Booker who gives the Suns some extra juice.
"Utah does this deal primarily for the picks, but can also flip Crowder's and Saric's expiring contracts to contenders at some point. Shamet, 25, could thrive in a bigger role with the Jazz should they decide to keep the 6'4" shooting guard."
Would the Suns actually pull the trigger on this trade? For the first time in a few years they have control of their draft picks, perhaps being one of the only teams in contention who can still say that. 
It's a game of balance for the Suns. Do you continue to push your chips further to the middle of the table for an underrated power forward that can shoot? 
Departing from the likes of Crowder/Shamet/Saric wouldn't be second thoughts for the organization, especially if they're still recouping scoring off the bench in the form of Clarkson.

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