PHOENIX SUNS

Suns finalize trade for Landry Shamet, send Jevon Carter and draft pick to Nets

Aug 6, 2021, 9:40 AM | Updated: 9:50 am
Landry Shamet #20 of the Brooklyn Nets dribbles during the second half against the Boston Celtics a...
Landry Shamet #20 of the Brooklyn Nets dribbles during the second half against the Boston Celtics at Barclays Center on April 23, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
(Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

After making the 2021 NBA Finals, the Phoenix Suns appear very much in win-now mode. And in their mind, improving now did not appear to be a great option at the No. 29 pick in the July 29 NBA Draft, as the team agreed to send the pick and guard Jevon Carter to the Brooklyn Nets for guard Landry Shamet.

Brooklyn used the No. 29 selection on North Carolina center Day’Ron Sharpe, but the trade was not official until Friday, when the league’s free agency moratorium ended.

The 24-year-old Shamet was a first-round pick (26th overall) of the Philadelphia 76ers in 2018 and has developed into one of the league’s best reserve three-point shooters.

He hit 38.7% of his threes in 61 games for Brooklyn last year, taking 5.5 shots out of his 7.5 attempts per game from long range.

Shamet averaged 9.3 points and 1.6 assists per game and could be a piece to pair next to either Devin Booker or Chris Paul off the bench. While he is not a true on-ball point guard, he is capable of handling the ball to some degree and making good decisions, which is reflected in a 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio over his four-year career.

His acquisition by the Suns restocks the depth chart with Carter — who was left out of the playoff rotation — now headed to the Nets.

Phoenix also faced losing backup point guard Cameron Payne, but the parties have reportedly agreed on a three-year, $19 million deal. Reserve guards Langston Galloway and E’Twaun Moore remain in free agency.

Shamet has one year and $3.8 million remaining on his deal before he becomes a restricted free agent. He is able to sign an extension starting Friday.

In the trade, Phoenix sent away Carter’s contract that will pay out $3.7 million this year and $3.9 million next.

While Carter became a defensive spark plug off the bench and consistent three-point shooter, he was limited by not being able to threaten defenses as a ball handler.

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