Suns trades for Hawks Big Landale, signs free agent wing Okogie for one-year deal

San Antonio Spurs center Jock Landale (34) warms up for the game against the Indiana Pacers at the AT&T Center.

San Antonio Spurs center Jock Landale (34) warms up for the game against the Indiana Pacers at the AT&T Center.

As the rumor mill continues to speculate about a possible Phoenix Suns swap for Kevin Durantthe Suns made four roster trades after free agency began Thursday.

They did three on Saturday alone, consisting of a wing and two centers.

The Athletic’s Sham Charania first reported on Saturday, the Suns acquired the Atlanta Hawks’ 6-foot-11, 255-pound center Jock Landale. the suns money sent in exchange for Landaleper The Athletic’s Hawks reporter Chris Kirschner

Less than an hour later, Charania reported that Phoenix signed the former Minnesota Timberwolves small forward Josh Okogie to a one-year deal

This weekend’s first addition from The Suns was: former Golden State Warriors shooting guard Damion Lee signed to one-year deal on Friday. Phoenix’s second was their backup big Bismack Biyombo signs again for a year also. Third was Landale, who moves to his third team in two days, and then Okogie.

The 26-year-old Australian was traded from the San Antonio Spurs to the Hawks on June 30. He was a rookie for San Antonio last season, averaging 4.9 points and 2.7 rebounds and 10.9 minutes in 54 games.

Landale fills one of the Suns’ reserves after great veteran JaVale McGee ran as an unrestricted free agent to Sign a three-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday

The Suns taking Landale come amid the looming issue of their start center and limited free agent Deandre Ayton’s future with the franchisewhether he is shared in a sign-and-trade or whether he re-signs with the team for maximum deal.

The 6-foot-4 Okogie averaged 2.7 points, 1.4 rebounds and 10.5 minutes in 49 games played last season. His career average is 6.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists during his entire four-year career at Minnesota, which selected him 20th overall in the same 2018 draft class as former No. 1 overall pick Ayton.

It is likely that Landale and Okogie could be added to the Suns’ Summer League roster, which has yet to be announced by the team, but starts playing against the Los Angeles Lakers in Las Vegas on July 8.

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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Suns takes over Hawks big Landale and signs free agent Okogie to one-year contract

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