The Phoenix Suns traded away two-time league MVP Steve Nash and let former All-Star Grant Hill leave to kick off a rebuilding effort, knowing it would likely lead to a difficult 2012-13 season.
They probably didn't expect it to be this tough.
With no go-to scorer, continuing defensive deficiencies and an interim coach who doesn't know if he'll be back in front of the bench, the Suns finished 25-57, the second-worst record in franchise history behind their 16-66 effort in their inaugural season in 1968-69.
After a season like this, there's plenty of room to grow.
''It was a tough season,'' Suns point guard Goran Dragic said on Thursday as the players cleaned out their lockers at US Airways Center. ''We struggled to only have 25 wins. I don't know who is going to be here next season, but we have to remember this season, how it was, try to fix the situation so the next season is going to be better.''
The Suns went through a drama...