A bit of myth with retention. Only one player left after 2 years - Caddy! All players Suns wanted to keep - Prestia, JOM, Lynch, Ablett, May - left after 5+ years looking for success. At present, most important players for Suns have already extended their contracts this year. The only remaining are Martin (probably gone, similar story to Lynch, May) and Ah Chee.I agree with that but what does giving pick 1 to a club with a terrible retention record help with? The player will just leave in 2 years. They need more off field assistance to build their club so a) it becomes a place young players want to stay and b) they can attract better quality mature players in trades.
Total revamp of the club including facilities and personnel during the last 18 month should help with retention. The only thing Suns need now is start winning . Healthy list would help. OK, Rowell + Anderson, extra salary cap, extra soft cap, better academy area would also help.