Suns Trade Draft Picks
The Phoenix Suns announced today that they have traded the draft rights to Kentucky’s Rajon Rondo, the 21st pick overall in the 2006 NBA Draft, and the contract of forward/center Brian Grant to the Boston Celtics. In return, Phoenix will receive a future first round pick. In a separate deal, the Suns traded the draft rights to Spanish guard Sergio Rodriguez, the 27th pick overall, to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for cash considerations.
The Suns will receive a conditional first-round pick from Boston via Cleveland from an earlier trade between Cleveland and Boston. The Cavaliers pick is subject to protection through No. 10 until 2011, at which time it is unprotected.
“It’s pretty simple. There were four or five guys we were interested in, but they were off the board,” said Suns Head Coach and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Mike D’Antoni. “We love the group of players we have and want to keep them together.
“We want go to battle with the guys from last year’s team and we are getting back one of the top players in the league – Amaré Stoudemire. We think we are real close to playing for an NBA championship with the team we have.”
Grant, a 6-9, 254-pound forward/center, averaged 2.9 points and 2.7 rebounds in 21 games after signing as a free agent with Phoenix on August 18, 2005. The 12-year NBA veteran appeared in five playoff games for the Suns and averaged 0.4 points in 2.4 minutes.