Suns Stockpile Draft Picks in Trade with Heat
The Phoenix Suns today completed a deal to acquire two future first-round draft picks from the Miami Heat. The Suns also received forward/guard Danny Granger from Miami and forward John Salmons, who will be waived, from the New Orleans Pelicans in the three-team trade. As part of the deal, the Suns send guards Goran Dragic and Zoran Dragic to the Heat and the Pelicans receive guard Norris Cole, center Justin Hamilton and forward Shawne Williams from Miami.
The Suns received Miami’s 2017 first-round pick (protected to seven) and Miami’s unprotected 2021 first-round pick as part of the deal.
The Suns also received Granger, a 10th-year veteran and former All-Star, from the Heat. Granger has averaged 6.3 points and 20.4 minutes in 31 games with the Heat this season. The 6-9 wing out of the University of New Mexico holds career averages of 16.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 586 games with the Indiana Pacers (2005-14), Los Angeles Clippers (2013-14) and Miami (2014-15). Granger averaged a career-best 25.8 points with the Pacers during his All-Star season of 2008-09 and has averaged at least 18 points five times in his career.