As quickly as the article splashed on ESPN.com's front page and word ignited around the Valley, Suns President Lon Babby came once again in heroic fashion to extinguish the fictitious flames.
"We are not trading Marcin Gortat. Period. End of sentence."
"We are not trading Steve Nash. Period. Exclamation point," Babby told AZCentral.com. That doesn't mean his team is not still considering other trades (say Robin Lopez, Vince Carter or Aaron Brooks for example) to use as leverage during tomorrows draft.
"We have talks with every club, always, about everything. That's just part of the business," said Suns General Manager Lance Blanks. So is scouting the talent pool & assessing team needs, of which the Suns have several.
"[We] needed to get better up front, maybe bulkier or stronger. We thought some wing scoring could be helpful. After that it's a little bit of a sliding scale. If a player, we feel like, is really good and he plays the 3, we'll do that," said Blanks. "It's a difficult puzzle that you're trying to predict and also trying to make it make sense for the current roster that we have."
Essentially Blank's slate is blank, and he could go any direction in the draft, including anything from talented Texas power forward Tristan Thompson to the mysterious big man from the Congo Bismack Biyombo, or possibly even the sharp-shooting BYU point guard Jimmer Fredette. Whomever they get, the next step is clear.
"It's Alvin's [Gentry] job to make sure the one we pick is successful," Blanks jokes. "Sorry, Alvin."
The 2011 NBA Draft starts at 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time Thursday. Whether the Suns decide to trade up, trade down, trade away or actually draft a player, we probably won't find out a minute before then. CBS 5 Sports will provide live reaction and analysis from the team's draft headquarters on just what the Suns do, or don't do with lucky number 13.
Copyright 2011 KPHO. All rights reserved. AZCentral.com contributed to this report.