June 15, 2024

The Phoenix Suns bolstered their roster yesterday by acquiring Royce O’Neale, who has significant playoff experience and could bring exactly what they need off the bench.

Nets: Royce O'Neale sends heartfelt message to Brooklyn after trade to Suns

The 6-foot-6 O’Neale was in his second season with the Brooklyn Nets before the trade, averaging 7.4 points and 4.5 rebounds in 24.5 minutes per game across 49 contests.

For the second straight year, the Phoenix Suns have reportedly traded for a forward from the Brooklyn Nets right before the trade deadline.

No, this player isn’t Kevin Durant-caliber, but instead a former teammate of his and a great veteran, 3-and-D addition for Phoenix, Royce O’Neale.

The Suns are matching four players’ salaries with Brooklyn in exchange for three second-round choices. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Phoenix also obtained David Roddy from the Memphis Grizzlies as part of a three-team trade.

Despite weeks of speculations around his name, Phoenix ends up keeping Nassir Little and, according to Arizona Sports’ John Gambadoro, sending out Chimezie Metu, Jordan Goodwin, Yuta Watanabe, and Keita Bates-Diop in exchange.
Goodwin and Bates-Diop are on their way to Brooklyn with the second-round selections. Watanabe and Metu are traveling to Memphis.

The 30-year-old, 6-foot-6 O’Neale was averaging 7.4 points and 4.5 rebounds in 24.5 minutes per game across 49 contests for the 20-30 Nets. O’Neale is shooting a pitiful 38.8% from the field and 36.6% from three, but he will have a lot more spacing opportunities against the Suns. O’Neale’s $9.5 million contract is about to expire.
Following Miles Bridges’ announcement that he would turn down all trade offers and remain in Charlotte, it was earlier today that the Suns reportedly turned their attention to O’Neale.
Before completing his final two years at Baylor, O’Neale played his first two seasons as a college student at the University of Denver.
After being left out of the 2015 NBA Draft, he played his first two seasons as a professional in Germany and Spain.He played well for the Utah Jazz summer league squad the next year, and they gave him a contract. He played 330 games over five seasons (2017–2022), averaging 6.2 points on 44.8% shooting and 4.8 rebounds.
Then, on June 30, 2022, he was traded to the Nets for a 2023 first-round pick. He ends his 1.5 seasons in Brooklyn averaging 8.3 points on 38.7% shooting and 4.5 rebounds in 125 games played.

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