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Phoenix Suns' Goran Dragic (2), of Slovenia, celebrates with teammate Vince Carter (25) after Carter scored against the New Jersey Nets in overtime of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, in Phoenix. The Suns defeated the Nets 118-109. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Despite the Phoenix Suns claiming they won't make any trades prior to next Thursday's NBA trade deadline, we here at ArizonaSports.com thought we'd try our hands at playing general manager.

Our writers have come up with six of the 'best' deals that would make the Suns an NBA contender, or at least a little better than they are right now. All trades meet the NBA salary cap requirements.

Do they need a starting power forward, a back up to Steve Nash or another small forward? Our writers give their opinions and you get to be the judge whether their deals help or hinder the Suns.

Think you can come up with a better trade then our writers? Share it with us in the comment section below.

Mark Asher First of all I really don't think the Suns will be making any moves before the Thursday trade deadline. They feel their team is playing well together right now and any guys they would like to move, like Carter and Childress, aren't desired by other teams. One guy I would like to see them try to obtain is Jason Thompson from the Sacramento Kings. He is only 24-years-old and isn't getting much playing time in Sacramento. If they would take Orlando's pick I would do that deal.
Tyler Bassett I think the Suns need size and rebounding while also getting rid of Vince Carter. With Carter's contract being able to be bought out I know the Suns don't want to take on any additional money. In the trade I found to work, the Suns send Carter to the New Jersey Nets with Goran Dragic. If they are content on keeping Nash then I think Dragic is expendable. In return they would be getting the expiring contract of PF Troy Murphy and PF Kris Humphries, also in the last year of his contract. Humphries averages just under a double-double in 25 minutes per game. I'd take the rest of the season to take a closer look and wouldn't be opposed to the Suns locking him up for another three years after this one.
Jon Bloom Not sure how that machine works, but I found one that was accepted. I don't think this would ever happen, but apparently it works for both teams...

Suns send Childress and Orlando's first round pick to Sacramento for PF Carl Landry. This would help in the short term in giving the Suns a much needed post threat and get rid of what at least so far looks like a long term mistake.

The problem is I don't think anybody will be willing to take on Childress' contract based on his lack of performance this season...but maybe someone out there still believes in his potential.

Greg Esposito Here's a deal the Phoenix Suns could make before next Thursday's deadline that would drastically improve their chance of not losing until the second round of the NBA playoffs.

Sacramento Kings power forward DeMarcus Cousins has caused an awful lot of issues for the team's front office due to his immaturity. At this point it might be best for he and the team to get a fresh start. In steps the Suns.

Offer the Kings a combination of point guard Goran Dragic and center Robin Lopez for the embattled big man. It gives them two young players with great upside in exchange for a problem. If anyone could straighten out an immature kid it's the combination of Grant Hill and Steve Nash. (Just keep him away from Vince Carter.)

It may take placing a call to old friend of the franchise and current Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson but it's worth it. You'd have a true power forward and could start Marcin Gortat at center while moving Channing Frye back to the bench. Everyone wins. (Except maybe the Kings, but they're used to losing.)

John Gambadoro The Phoenix Suns need to obtain a power forward in exchange for point guard Goran Dragic. Sacramento's Jason Thompson fits the bill. Send Dragic and a second round pick to the Kings in exchange for Thompson.
Adam Green My trade sends Steve Nash and Hakim Warrick to the Atlanta Hawks for Mike Bibby and Josh Smith. Smith is Shawn Marion in a power forward's body, and at 25 is just entering his prime. Bibby sticks around as an expiring contract heading into next year who can bridge the gap until the Suns find their floor general of the future. Meanwhile the Suns are able to get out of Warrick's contract, which would become even more awful with Smith on the roster. The Hawks do this because with Nash they'd have the one thing conference rivals Orlando and Miami don't: a point guard. Add him to a team that includes Joe Johnson and Al Horford and this team has a fighting chance to make some noise in the playoffs.
Ron Wolfley The Suns are like transformers. They are in disguise. With Steve Nash at the helm their reputation precedes them but what they are is no mystery.

Planet Orange no longer runs the floor with the best of them and hasn't been that team the last two-years. Although the very presence of Steve Nash makes any team a pick-and-roll, pick-and-pop, pick-and-kick team, the up tempo game of Days Gone By D'Antoni are long gone. They have made the transformation to a half-court offense.

They are Optimus Prime. And like the Autobot leader their transformation reminds me of a semi, a tractor-trailer. But this version of Planet Prime is missing the bulk to do any real damage.

Robin Lopez seemingly refuses to acknowledge what he is and won't engage the rage of being a big man bent on destroying those in the paint. Marcin Gortat will mix it up but nobody is going to confuse him with a board-bomber like Kevin Love, Zach Randolph or even Pau Gasol and Andrew Bogut. And although Channing Frye has really improved his rebounding, one has to wonder how long the tenacity will remain or simmer and fade.

The Suns need the front-end of the tractor to complete their transformation. They need a Big Nasty, somebody that cares only for pounding his opponent under the glass, sticking him in the ribs, feeding him a steaming bowl of dim sum shoulder, giving Nash second-chance opportunities to do something with the ball while keeping the enemy from doing the same on the other end of the floor.

But that is not going to happen this year. Other teams are not interested in Josh Childress or Vince Carter and the Suns most valuable pieces, Nash and Grant Hill, aren't going anywhere.

Trade for Dwight Howard!

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