Will Suns Meet Asking Price for Bogdanovic? – Sports Illustrated

The Phoenix Suns are reportedly in the market for Utah Jazz forward Bojan Bogdanovic, but will the two teams come to an agreement on the asking price? 
After dealing Donovan Mitchell, people around the league suspected the Jazz would have a patented fire sale and dump the rest of their talent across the NBA. That included Bogdanovic along with guard Jordan Clarkson. 
Earlier this month, Arizona Sports' John Gambadoro reported the Suns had reached out to Utah for a trade inquiring on Bogdanovic. 
This interest from Phoenix is obviously there, but what would it take to land the 33-year-old shooter? 
The Suns would need to match Bogdanovic's projected $19.55 million cap hit (with likely incentives) with multiple players. Likely candidates include Jae Crowder, Landry Shamet and potentially Dario Saric as well. 
They would also need to part with coveted draft capital, according to ESPN's Zach Lowe, who said the Jazz believe Bogdanovic, Clarkson and Malik Beasley each have the price tag of first-round picks. 
A healthy combination of picks and players may be needed to sway Utah away from one of their players. 
But would they meet that price? 
The Suns are obviously in win now mode, with Chris Paul's age only pushing his talents closer towards retirement. A move for Bogdanovic would allow the Suns an upgrade at the four spot while also allowing a bit more flexibility. 
There is concern for Phoenix pushing the chips more towards the middle of the table for what could be considered a rental, as Bogdanovic would be on a one-year deal. And, as pointed out by ESPN's Bobby Marks, the Suns are one of the few top teams in the league to control their future draft capital. 
"There are three notable teams — the Memphis Grizzlies, Phoenix Suns and Toronto Raptors — who have full control of their next seven first-round picks. That means each team could potentially trade up to four unprotected picks plus three pick swaps in a deal for a superstar to help put them over the top. All three were playoff teams a year ago and have rosters built for sustainable success."
Phoenix has both their first and second-round picks under control through the 2030 draft. 
After missing out on Kevin Durant, are the Suns wanting to preserve their picks? They have the luxury of having most of their young guys (Cameron Johnson pending) under contract for the foreseeable future while also possessing one of the top rosters in the league. 
The Suns can proceed either way, but Phoenix seems to be willing to at least wiggle with the option of instantly improving their roster. 
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