The Phoenix Suns are likely losing Steve Nash in a sign-and-trade arrangement with the New York Knicks, but they have already begun plotting their response. One day after signing Eric Gordon to a four-year, $58 million offer sheet, the Suns hosted Michael Beasley for a second visit, according to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic. They will also host free-agent point guard Raymond Felton on Friday.
Both Beasley and Felton struggled in new situations last season, but the Suns believe they can get more out of both of them. Coro reports that Beasley's agent, Jeff Schwartz, believes Suns coach Alvin Gentry can be for Beasley what he was for Lamar Odom when Gentry coached the Clippers. Beasley saw his minutes slashed last year and averaged just 11.5 points per game under new coach Rick Adelman in Minnesota, one year after averaging 19.2 points per game while starting 73 games.
Felton, meanwhile, had a dreadful year after being traded to the Portland Trail Blazers, feuding with head coach Nate McMillan, showing up out of shape and reverting back to his inefficient ways with the Bobcats. He would likely share the point guard position with rookie Kendall Marshall if signed.