The phoenix suns traded 2020 first-round pick Jalen Smith and 2022 second-round pick to Indiana and brought back Torrey Craig, who had a key role in the finals. They also acquired Aaron Holiday from Washington for cash. The twin moves, though seemingly minor, earned the praise of Magic Johnson. The NBA legend took to Twitter as the trade deadline ended on Thursday.
Magic Johnson said that the Suns were improved with the addition of Holiday and Craig. He said that while some may dismiss it as a small move, he saw it differently. He believes that both the players will add depth and penetration to the team’s roster as they endeavor to make it to the WC Finals.
Magic Johnson Believes The Suns And The Warriors Would Be The Team To Beat At The Western Conference
Magic Johnson added that the Phoenix Suns and the Warriors would be the team to beat at the WC. He said that the two teams were the Warriors and the Suns. Down the list, he placed Dallas, Memphis, and Denver.
Holiday said he was excited to be playing and mentioned the unselfish way the Suns play. The two have been cleared to play heading into the game against Orlando on Saturday.
Magic Johnson has been silent on the LA Lakers and the absence of any changes by the team before the trade deadline passed. He last tweeted on the LA Lakers after they lost on Wednesday to the Portland Trail Blazers.
He said he had no words to describe his feelings after the loss.
The Phoenix Suns have been collecting much admiration for their deals before the trade deadline. Sam Vecenie of The Athletic said that the Phoenix team was a clear favorite to win the title at the moment. They have been firing on all cylinders. He said that they have the stars capable of shot creation and have great role players in defense who can also shoot.
Another great Shaquille O’Neal recently said that the Lakers, unlike Phoenix, have nobody ‘scaring’ in their team.