Player News - Suns

Date: Team: Pos:

Casey Prather has accepted an invitation to join the Phoenix Suns' training camp on a non-guaranteed contract.

Prather will vie with Earl Barron for the Suns' final roster spot after going undrafted in the 2014 NBA Draft. The 23-year-old was a Wooden All-American as a senior at the University of Florida and offers the Suns a long-range shooter with plus defensive ability. Prather faces an uphill battle as Barron offers the Suns much-needed frontcourt depth, but he could end up creating a role for himself as a wing player if he has a strong training camp.
Aug 26 - 12:00 PM

The Phoenix Suns and Slovenian basketball federation have an agreement in place to keep Goran Dragic fresh during the World Cup of Basketball.

The agreement will limit Dragic to one practice per day and no more than 25 minutes of playing time in exhibition games. Furthermore, the agreement stipulated that the 28-year-old would only play in five of Slovenia's 16 exhibition games leading up to the World Cup of Basketball. Coming comes off a breakout 2013-14 season during which he averaged 20.3 points, 1.6 threes, 3.2 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 1.4 steals, Dragic should be one of the top 10 point guards on draft boards heading into 2014-15 drafts.
Aug 26 - 10:35 AM

Isaiah Thomas (left wrist) said the first day of rehab was going great.

"[I'm] about to get this right hand better on the court, the season is almost here," Thomas said on his Twitter account. The left-hander's move to the Suns figures to hurt his playing time with the Suns expected to have Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe. IT3 has been very effective from a per-minute standpoint, so he's still worth drafting later in fantasy drafts.
Aug 25 - 1:00 PM

Free agent Emeka Okafor isn't expected to sign with a team until mid-season because he's still recovering from a herniated disc in his back.

Okafor's camp has been contacted by "roughly half the league," according to ESPN's Marc Stein, including the Cavaliers and the Heat. The best news here might be that Okafor's awful injury won't be career-ending, and the 31-year-old should still have a few productive years in the tank.
Source: ESPN
Aug 25 - 2:04 AM

The Heat have interest in picking up Emeka Okafor (back).

His herniated disk in his back kept him from playing in the 2013-14 season and he may miss the first few months of the upcoming season. If he's healthy, Okafor would be a nice fit for the Heat as a backup big man. Of course, he is nowhere near worth drafting in fantasy leagues until proven otherwise.
Aug 23 - 10:45 AM

The Suns reportedly reached out to the Timberwolves on Thursday to gauge Minnesota's interest in conducting a sign-and-trade involving Kevin Love and Eric Bledsoe.

The report by Brian Windhorst and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN states that the three-team deal involving the 76ers, Cavs, and Wolves remains intact, and is expected to be completed by Saturday. This is clearly a desperation move by the Suns as relations with their restricted free agent Bledsoe have been strained, but you can't fault the organization for trying. Bledsoe rejected the Suns initial four-year, $48 million offer, and he may elect to pick up his one-year qualifying offer of $3.7 million in order to become an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season. A sign-and-trade involving Love and Bledsoe does not seem likely.
Source: ESPN
Aug 22 - 5:34 PM

Eric Bledsoe and the Suns remain at a standstill, with the only new development being that the Suns are listening to offers for a sign-and-trade.

Working out a sign-and-trade for Bledsoe will be difficult for a number of reasons. One, we are in a golden age of point guards, so not many teams around the league necessarily need an upgrade at the position. Two, Bledsoe is seeking a five-year, $80 million max-deal and the jury is still out on whether Bledsoe is worth that kind of money. Three, if no deal gets done this season, Bledsoe will be an unrestricted free agent next year, so there's not too much urgency to sign him now. Bledsoe was very impressive during the 2013-14 season, however, he only made it through 43 games, and GMs may want to wait-and-see if Bledsoe deserves to be tagged with the "injury prone" label. Bledsoe has until October 1 to accept either the Suns' qualifying offer, or the Suns' initial four-year, $48 million offer. Stay tuned.
Aug 22 - 3:09 PM

The Suns are now discussing trade possibilities for restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe, according to Jude LaCava of FOX Phoenix.

"The Suns are now discussing trade possibilities for Eric Bledsoe," LaCava said. "That’s the new chapter to this and I wouldn’t back off of that information. I think it’s 100 percent correct." Things obviously aren't great with the Suns and Bledsoe, so it's not a surprise to hear they are looking to deal him. It doesn't look like this story will end any time soon.
Aug 20 - 3:44 PM

Markieff Morris, and twin brother Marcus Morris, would like to continue playing together throughout their careers.

"It's a unique situation," Marcus said. "We're just trying to do enough so teams can see us as players, as players, and as a tandem... That was our dream growing up - it's our life dream to play with each other in the NBA." Both the twins’ rookie deals expire following the 2014-15 season, so it'll be interesting to see if the two are broken up via free agency. But for now, they can enjoy their time together playing in Phoenix.
Source: philly.com
Aug 17 - 10:41 AM

Isaiah Thomas underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left wrist on Thursday.

The news of Thomas' surgery comes as a bit of a surprise, but the team fully expects him to be ready for training camp. His playing time is going to take a hit if Eric Bledsoe sticks around, but he has been productive in lower-minute roles in the past so don't completely write him off.
Aug 14 - 2:59 PM

Isaiah Thomas scored 47 points in a Pro-Am event at a Seattle YMCA on Monday.

He shot 17-of-28 from the field with seven 3-pointers in the game, and this was his second Pro Am game with 47 points. Thomas is likely looking at a bench role with the Suns next season, but has shown the ability to be productive with lower minutes. Whether or not he can be a difference-maker will come down to Eric Bledsoe's status with the team, which should be figured out soon.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 12 - 9:00 PM

The relationship between the Suns and restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe has "soured," according to USA Today.

The report adds that Bledsoe is "strongly" considering signing the Suns' qualifying offer of $3.7 million. There's no doubt that Bledsoe has looked great on the court as the starter, but the small sample size and two meniscus tears have kept the Suns from offering him a max deal. The team has reportedly offered him a four-year, $48 million deal, but it would appear he'll just take the qualifying offer and become an unrestricted free agent next summer.
Source: USA Today
Aug 12 - 7:33 PM

Unrestricted free agent Emeka Okafor (herniated disc) may miss the first few months of the 2014-15 season, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.

This isn't a confirmed medical report but Okafor's timetable remains opaque, and the fact that he's still unsigned suggests teams are leery about his health. Hopefully the veteran will make a full recovery and return as a productive backup center, but his days as a fantasy asset may be gone for good.
Aug 12 - 6:42 PM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

The NBA has suspended P.J. Tucker for three games after he pled guilty to a 'super extreme' DUI.

The Suns were aware of Tucker's DUI prior to giving him a three-year, $16.5 million contract this summer, and they'll have to make do without their starting SF for the season's first three games. Rookie T.J. Warren may be thrown into the fire on opening night, but he projects as Tucker's backup when the Suns are at full strength.
Aug 12 - 3:06 PM

Alec Brown (shoulder) is planning to play in Spain for the 2014-15 season.

The Suns' second-round pick is planning to play for Obradoiro in the Spanish League once he finishes rehabilitation on his left shoulder that he dislocated during Summer League. He had surgery on July 24 and is expected to resume basketball activity in late October or November. The Suns still retain rights to the seven-footer, but he won't have any relevance in fantasy circles for the 2014-15 season.
Aug 12 - 11:27 AM


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