As I mentioned earlier, offering him a contract extension isn’t an option so the Suns have to either ride this season out with Kelly and possibly sign him to a new contract when he becomes an unrestricted free agent or trade him during the offseason or sometime during the season before the trade deadline. If he is moved back to the bench, a mid-season trade might be necessary... unless he’s still getting plenty of minutes AND the Suns are winning.
The contract: One year, $34.2 million The trade: Gordon Hayward and Marcus Smart to Indiana Pacers for Victor Oladipo and Myles Turner If the Boston Celtics opt for a shake-up following their third Eastern Conference Finals defeat in four years, they might seek more size and find a succession plan for Hayward. This would check both boxes and potentially give them two more building blocks with the 28-year-old Oladipo and 24-year-old Turner.
In a normal season, each team plays 4 games against their division rivals, 2-4 games against of their non-division-in-conference rivals, and 2-3 games against each of the teams in the other conference. That’s 29 teams over 82 games. In Hollinger’s plan, the Suns would play 32 games against the Pacific division, 40 games against the other 10 West teams, and none against the East.