How can the Phoenix Suns build championship roster around Durant, Booker and Beal?

James Jones is far from done with this list.

Phoenix Suns president of basketball operations and general manager now have Bradley Beal to go with Devin Booker, Kevin Durant and Deandre Ayton as Phoenix trades Chris Paul, Landry Shamet, multiple second-round picks and a trade to Washington as part of deal about the three-time All-Star.

Blockbuster deal. Supreme scores. Another max contract.

Booker, Durant, Beal and Ayton account for more than $161 million in salary for the 2023-24 season, which already puts Phoenix up against the $165 million luxury tax threshold.

If the Suns go $17.5 million over the second tax bracket, they can’t use the taxpayers’ mid-level exemptions, can’t sign buyout players and take more money back in trades.

It’s not a hard cap though.

The Suns can go more than $17.5 million above the second tax haven, but just can’t make certain moves if they do. They will have a big luxury tax bill, but new Suns team owner Mat Ishbia has already shown a willingness to spend starting with the $4 billion purchase of the Suns and Phoenix Mercury.

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