When former Syracuse guard Dion Waiters cancelled his workouts and interviews at the NBA Draft Combine, the prevailing wisdom was that a team drafting late in the lottery promised to take him with its pick.
The Journal Times‘ Gery Woelfel reports that the Phoenix Suns, which hold the No. 13 pick in the draft, are the team.
Phoenix finished .500 this season, missing the playoffs by three games. The team’s near future depends on whether two-time MVP Steve Nash returns.
The 38-year-old Nash is a free agent and may leave Phoenix, where he has the last eight seasons, for a contender in his quest to win a championship.
Nash is past his prime but still highly effective. He averaged 12.5 points and 10.7 assists per game this season. With Nash, the team Waiters will reportedly join is poised to compete for a playoff spot. Without Nash, the Suns could be looking at the start of a long rebuilding process.