Player News - Suns

Date: Team: Pos:

Brandan Wright (heel) was a full participant during Tuesday's practice, and he expects to return to action for Wednesday's game vs. the Wizards.

Wright and Miles Plumlee are currently fighting for reserve minutes, and while Wright is seeing more playing time than Plumlee, both guys remain negligible options in standard leagues.
Jan 27 - 3:11 PM
Earl Barron - F/C - Suns

Earl Barron has signed a deal with Shanxi of the Chinese Basketball Association.

Barron had been laying with the Bakersfield Jam of the D-League, but will now take his talents to Shanxi. He could join an NBA team after the Chinese season ends in February, but there's no reason for fantasy owners to monitor Barron's status going forward.
Jan 27 - 12:19 PM

Brandan Wright (heel) is expected to be back on Wednesday.

Wright's heel pain had been a lingering issue, but it sounds like the one-game absence, combined with the time in between appearances, is just what the big man needed to get back on track.
Jan 26 - 10:57 AM

Isaiah Thomas, who has made 15 of his last 30 3-pointers, had his troublesome left wrist drained of fluid recently.

Thomas had a "lump of fluid" removed from the area, and he's been a different player since. "It affected my shot when I released," Thomas said. "It feels better. I got it done last week when we got home." Thomas said this was the third time he's been drained this year, but it was an expected part of the post-surgical process. Jeff Hornacek also added Thomas has done a "better job of pushing the ball" of late, as well.
Jan 26 - 10:55 AM

Markieff Morris was benched for a technical foul in the third quarter against the Clippers on Sunday, finishing with nine points, three rebounds, two assists and one turnover.

He argued with a referee and coach Jeff Hornacek pulled Morris with 10 minutes left in the third quarter for his 10th tech of the season. This is a new rule for the Suns with Hornacek benching players for technical fouls with Goran Dragic having a similar fate on Friday. The Suns used more of Marcus Morris and P.J. Tucker to replace Markieff today, which was a problem because of Blake Griffin. Markieff's body language wasn't great throughout the game and he didn't want to comment post-game. All that said, this shouldn't be an issue going forward and Morris remains a must-start player.
Jan 25 - 11:53 PM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

P.J. Tucker struggled throughout Sunday's loss to the visiting Clippers, scoring three points on 1-of-8 shooting in 30 minutes of action.

His lone make was a 3-pointer and he added three rebounds and two assists, but didn't have any defensive stats as the Suns dropped their second straight game. Tucker has quietly established top-80 value as a full-time starter in Phoenix, so owners just have to shrug off the occasional dud.
Jan 25 - 9:59 PM

Miles Plumlee assumed a bigger role with Brandan Wright (heel) out on Sunday, coming off the bench for two points, seven rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 20 minutes.

The Suns are reportedly shopping Plumlee around the league and he could surface with value in an ideal scenario, but only deep-league owners should be monitoring him while Wright is day-to-day.
Jan 25 - 9:57 PM

Isaiah Thomas, who was averaging 24.3 points over the past three games, finished Sunday's loss to the Clippers with 25 points in 25 minutes.

He made 6-of-11 FGs and 9-of-9 FTs with four triples and one assist. The Clippers are giving up 35.0 points per game to opposing benches this season (6th most in the NBA), as well as 9.1 assists (2nd most), which makes Thomas' outburst somewhat predictable. He'll look to keep the good times rolling vs. the visiting Wizards on Wednesday.
Jan 25 - 9:56 PM

Gerald Green played 20 minutes vs. the Clippers on Sunday, shooting 2-of-9 from the field (2-of-6 from deep) to finish with six points, two assists and one block.

He was rolling along in his last four games, averaging 14.8 points and 2.5 triples, but the bottom can fall out unexpected for Green thanks to Phoenix's stacked backcourt rotation. He's been a liability in 12-team leagues over the past month, so think twice before deploying him in the Suns' upcoming three-game week.
Jan 25 - 9:53 PM

Brandan Wright (sore left heel) will be inactive for Sunday's game vs. the Clippers.

This injury is coming out of nowhere, however, considering he's simply dealing with a sore heel he shouldn't be sidelined for an extended amount of time. With Wright unavailable, look for Miles Plumlee to step back into the rotation as the first big off the bench. However, Plumlee is still stuck in a reserve role, so he's not a great play in most leagues.
Jan 25 - 5:34 PM

Goran Dragic said that he will keep an open mind in free agency, and that he would even consider a return to Houston.

"Every team in the NBA is an option to me, because it is a privilege to play for any team in the NBA," Dragic said. "When the time comes I’m going to sit down with my family and my agent and try to make the best decision for myself." It's no secret that Dragic has drawn plenty of interest from several teams, as he has really taken a step forward in his development in recent years. However, despite all the rumors it doesn't appear that Phoenix is willing to trade him at this point in the season and they will likely have to risk letting him walk in free agency without getting anything in return. As always, we will continue to monitor this situation closely.
Jan 25 - 9:16 AM

Eric Bledsoe filled the stat sheet against the Rockets during a 113-111 loss on Friday, scoring 25 points with eight rebounds, nine assists, one block and one 3-pointer.

He's coming off a 33-point game from Wednesday and is on a non-Klay tear right now. In each of the three months this season, Bledsoe's points, assists and steals have gone up while his turnovers have gone down. The Suns didn't overpay him, apparently. He'll get a great matchup against the Clippers on Sunday.
Jan 24 - 1:20 AM

Isaiah Thomas scored 22 points against the Rockets on Friday with five rebounds, four assists and four 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

Goran Dragic was benched and the Pizza Guy ate all of his minutes. Thomas is also on a roll over his last three games with at least 22 points in each one, averaging 24.3 points, 3.0 boards, 4.0 assists, 1.7 steals and 3.7 treys on 56.3 percent from the field. He's a must-start player right now.
Jan 24 - 1:16 AM

Goran Dragic did not play down the stretch on Friday, finishing with two points and two assists in 18 minutes.

There's talk of coach Jeff Hornacek benching Dragic because of his technical foul and a new team rule that says a player will be benched after a tech. Dragic should be fine for his next game, but he will have his bad games due to the Suns' depth at guard.
Jan 24 - 1:01 AM

Archie Goodwin's agent, Charles Briscoe, confirmed that Goodwin does not want to be traded from the Suns.

"Archie doesn’t want out of Phoenix," Briscoe said. "His words have been twisted in a recent article. We’re willing to wait for Archie’s opportunity. Any player in the NBA wants to play immediately, but we understand that Phoenix is in a playoff push. If we have to wait for next year, we’re OK with that. We know he will get his opportunity, and he’ll be ready." Goodwin has a long way to go before being a consistent part of the Suns' rotation, so unless he is traded to an ideal situation he can continue to be ignored in almost all fantasy leagues.
Source: Real GM
Jan 22 - 4:11 PM


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