The Phoenix Suns made the race for the Western Conference title a lot more interesting when they acquired superstar forward Kevin Durant approximately two weeks ago.
Although some have immediately proclaimed the Suns the favorites to reach the NBA Finals, others aren’t sure just how good they’ll be, and a big reason for those doubts is their lack of depth.
One of their contributors off the bench has been second-year forward Ish Wainwright, and NBA insider Shams Charania reported on Friday that he received a two-year contract.
The Phoenix Suns are signing two-way forward Ish Wainwright to a new two-year, $2.5 million deal, his agents Jim Tanner and Deirunas Visockas of Tandem Sports told @TheAthletic @Stadium. Team option on the 2023-24 season.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 24, 2023
Wainwright has been a two-way player for the Suns since last season, and he has alternated time between them and the G League.
So far this season, he is averaging 4.3 points and 2.1 rebounds in 15.5 minutes per game while shooting 38.4 percent overall and 33.9 percent from 3-point range.
Phoenix had to give up wing Mikal Bridges, one of the best 3-and-D players in the NBA, and key reserve Cameron Johnson to get Durant, and it has seriously depleted the team’s depth.
Although they will have arguably the best starting five in pro basketball, depth could prevent them from reaching the championship series for the second time in three seasons.
In an attempt to replenish that lost depth, the Suns signed Terrence Ross off the buyout market just days ago.
Even if the Suns emerge as the favorites in the West, there is a feeling that if they don’t win the world title this season, their chances of doing so will only diminish, and with five first-round draft picks going to the Brooklyn Nets in the Durant trade, there is a lot of pressure on them to win it all very soon.
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