After releasing Chasson Randle on Saturday, the Phoenix Suns are back down to 14 players under full NBA guaranteed contracts, plus one two-way contract with three-year NBA veteran Chandler Hutchison.
Randle was the only player in camp with a non-guaranteed contract, having signed to potentially earn his way into that final available roster spot. But Randle was point guard, and really more of a camp body and insurance policy to save a bit of preseason wear and tear on a roster that had just been in the NBA Finals a couple of months ago.
Now Randle is gone, and the Suns are back down to one available full-time roster spot and one available two-way spot.
Will the Suns fill that final roster spot right away? Probably not. They and other West contenders are leaving their 15th spot open for juicy veteran buyout candidates at some point throughout the season.
The Suns, in fact, can offer more money — $4.5 million leftover from their mid-level cap exception — to a bought-out player than any other contender in the West. Sure, others have trade exceptions but those can only be used in more trades, and anyone with a disabled-player exception can only used that on a one-year deal.
Buyouts generally don’t happen early in the season however, so don’t expect the Suns to act quickly on filling their final roster spot. There is no urgency to add depth in the current player…