When the Phoenix Suns landed at the free-agent party of July 2012, they really went to work.

There was the facilitation of Steve Nash’s getaway to Los Angeles, the return of Goran Dragic, the ambitious offer-sheet signing of Eric Gordon and the curiously optimistic hire of Michael Beasley.

The Suns also waved bye-bye to Grant Hill, did the same with Robin Lopez (for the opportunity to pick up another underperforming ex-Minnesota Timberwolves forward) and made the winning bid for Houston Rockets amnesty casualty Luis Scola.

Don’t expect anywhere near that level of activity from the Suns in July 2013.

For non-starters, Phoenix has a crowded roster, little current room under the anticipated salary-cap number ($52 million) and a seemingly resolute commitment to actually rebuilding.

One year ago, parting company with Nash and Hill should have started an already-overdue excavation. By making that aggressive move to grab Scola, however, the Suns again refused to accept the inevitable. The New Orleans Hornets, it should be noted, saved the Suns from themselves by matching the Gordon offer sheet, preventing Phoenix from absorbing a contract that could have haunted the franchise for a while.

Anyway, because they were able to accidentally tank their way to 57 defeats, the Suns started to vigorously embrace the avoidance of bad contracts and the stockpiling of draft picks, a.k.a. the process of rebuilding. In fact, one of the most interesting aspects of the past season was following the L.A. Lakers’ quest to reach the postseason and snatch a second 2013 lottery pick from the Suns' grasp.