Suns fans have suffered through three lottery seasons in the last four years waiting for the team to have the cap space to sign a free agent to replace the departed Amar'e Stoudemire.
But in his state-of-the-team address at the end of the season, director of operations Lon Babby made it clear that the Suns are in no rush to exercise their new flexibility. That means the team might be patient, make its No. 13 selection in the draft and continue to try to scratch and claw its way into the playoffs.
For a fan base that has seen its team go to the Western Conference final three times in the last seven years, that's not a comfortable prospect. It will be seen more as another penny-pinching move by owner Robert Sarver than a smart move from an organization that wants to rebuild the right way.
"We worked hard to put ourselves in this position, to have this kind of flexibility, to have a range of opportunities," Babby said, "but I am absolutely determined that we are going to be discipli...