4x All-Star not the answer for Phoenix Suns despite recent reports

It’s no secret the Phoenix Suns could do with more point guard depth, with the problem arising as Chris Paul and Cameron Payne struggled late in the playoffs.

As the franchise attempts to upgrade a roster of championship contenders, a number of options have been mentioned as possible targets. Now the Suns have been linked with one of the best point guards of the past decade.

The Phoenix Suns need another backup point guard, but four-time All-Star Kemba Walker shouldn’t be a prime contender for James Jones and the front office.

According to Sean Deveney of Heavy.coma league executive thinks Walker could be of interest to the Suns if he completes a buyout with the Detroit Pistons as planned.

“There’s been talk of him going to Charlotte, and that would be a good story for a team that might need him with the (Miles) Bridges stuff,” the exec said. “But if he wants to play for a competitor, he’s probably better off looking at Phoenix.

They need another point guard, they need depth behind Paul. Give him an unsecured deal and see how it goes, you can always make a change in January.

Injuries have undoubtedly slowed Walker down from his previous All-Star level form. The once explosive first stage has deteriorated, while the defense, which was never good at the start, has become an even greater weakness.

Chris Paul and Kemba Walker, Phoenix Suns (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

He’s still a proficient three-point shooter, knocking down nearly 37% of his attempts last season with the Knicks. His only season in New York ended in failure, however, with Walker and the franchise reaching an agreement that he would not play shortly after the trade deadline.

Walker has been a wonderful NBA player, but at just 32 years old, there are growing question marks over what value he has left at the NBA level. He deserves an opportunity in a backup role, but should he be with the Suns?

The best-case scenario would be for Walker to prove a productive player in the regular season for 15 minutes per game. But even then, his defensive frailties would make him a liability and nearly unplayable come playoff time.

As a championship contender that needs to capitalize on their last roster spots, Phoenix needs someone they believe can contribute meaningfully to a playoff streak. Based on the evidence exposed over the past 12 months, Walker doesn’t look like that option.

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