NBA Draft Rumors: This Suns-T’Wolves trade lands Phoenix the No. 1 pick

Anthony Edwards, NBA Mock Draft, Georgia
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Trade Idea from Greg Swartz of B/R

Phoenix Suns Receive: No. 1 pick, James Johnson

Minnesota Timberwolves Receive: No. 10 pick, Kelly Oubre Jr., Ty Jerome

In this deal, the Timberwolves would take on the contract of Kelly Oubre ($15.6 million) and Ty Jerome ($2.3 million)— amounting to a total of $17.9 million in active salary.

The player option James Johnson is likely to pick up is worth a little over $16 million. Overall, the Suns would save about $1.9 million on the surface, but there’s more context to consider.

The difference in salary for the Suns would be the increase in compensation they would owe their draft pick by going from No. 10 to the No. 1 spot. For the top selection, Phoenix would owe just under $8.6 million— an increase of about $4.9 million.

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