The Phoenix Suns have made a pre-draft move. They are trading TJ Warren to the Indiana Pacers in order to create some cap space.
The trade, first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski, confirms that the Suns have sent Warren and the 32nd pick in the draft to the Pacers in return for cash considerations.
Warren, a 25-year-old Small Forward, was drafted by the Suns with the 14th pick in the 2014 draft.
This trade benefits both teams. The Suns had to dump a contract in order to free up some space. The Pacers will utilize Warren and his offensive prowess.
Warren has battled through many injuries though, playing over 65 games only twice. But, Warren does have an upside. His offense is consistent and he is a solid shooter. Even with less playing time Warren still averaged 18 points a game on 48% shooting.
The Suns will likely use this extra space in an attempt to sign a big free agent deal. They will be looking to get some extra help around Devin Booker and DeAndre Ayton.
All things considered, this trade could have a huge benefit for both teams.
This trade will not be made official until July 6.
With both Bojan Bogdanovic and Thaddeus Young’s contracts expiring Warren could fit right into a starting role with the team.
Assuming the Pacers keep Bogdanovic, him and Warren move this team in an even more offensively minded direction. Last season the Pacers offense ranked 11th. So, by adding Warren they will likely move up into the top 10. Warren also adds some three-point shooting that the team could utilize. Last season the Pacers ranked 29th in both three-pointers made and attempted.