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Suns GM answers whether team would trade their Big 3

Suns GM James Jones speaking to the media

Sep 30, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns general manager James Jones answers questions during Media Day at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Phoenix Suns have not lived up to expectations since pulling off big deals for Kevin Durant and Bradley Beal to join them with Devin Booker. But that does not mean the team is giving up.

Suns general manager James Jones joined “The Burns and Gambo Show” on Arizona Sports radio for an interview Friday. Jones stated in no uncertain terms that the team will not be breaking up their “big three.”

That’s not too big of a surprise.

The Suns went 49-33, which earned them the sixth seed in the stacked Western Conference. They were swept out of the playoffs by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first round.

Rather than point the finger largely at the players, the Suns almost immediately fired Frank Vogel and hired Mike Budenholzer to replace him. They gave up tons of assets to bring in both Durant and Beal. They’re going to make a coaching change first and do everything possible to give that core of players another shot or two at winning a championship before breaking it up.

The real important thing for the Suns is having the players available and healthy at the same time. Durant will be 36 and entering his 16th season in the league, while Beal will be 31 and in his 12th season. In other words, they’re not getting any younger.

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