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Report: Suns re-signing Dario Saric (three years, $27M)

Suns forward Dario Saric

ORLANDO, FL - AUGUST 13: Dario Saric #20 of the Phoenix Suns shoots the ball against the Dallas Mavericks on August 13, 2020 at AdventHealth Arena in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The Suns telegraphed their intent to resign Dario Saric by structuring the Chris Paul trade to preserve Saric’s Bird Rights. That became even more evident with Aron Baynes (whose Bird Rights Phoenix also maintained with the Paul trade structure) going to the Raptors.

The Suns will keep Saric on a three-year, $27 million contract.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Saric is naturally a forward. He’ll see minutes there along with newly signed Jae Crowder, Cameron Johnson and Mikal Bridges. But Saric’s main value in Phoenix might be as a small-ball center behind Deandre Ayton.

At 26, Saric should remain productive over this deal. This isn’t exactly a bargain salary for him, but he’s worth keeping around.