Phoenix Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough is the man who will make a big impact on the team’s payroll in 2018-19.
McDonough and the Suns brass are expected to make an announcement on their offseason plans Thursday.
Phoenix will be spending $60M over the next four years on players, including a projected $28M in player salaries, which will make the franchise’s payroll more than $150M for the first time in franchise history.
This is a great time for the Suns to make a splash with big-name free agents and draft picks.
McDonoh has a number of big-time free agents he wants to lock down in 2018, including Eric Bledsoe, Ryan Kelly, Markieff Morris, Brandon Knight and Isaiah Thomas.
McDonoh and his staff will be looking to get those deals done by the start of training camp, and they’re not going to let any of the free agents slip by.
As for the draft, McDonaugh and his front office are going to want to take advantage of the rising salary cap in 2018.
They have a number available on draft picks, including Deandre Ayton, Jordan Adams, Tyus Jones, Ty Lawson and a number from other teams.