Player News - Suns

Date: Team: Pos:

There is "very little interest" on Tyson Chandler at the deadline, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

The 34-year-old Chandler still has two years and $30.6 million left on his deal after this season. Back when the Suns signed him in July of 2015, part of their reasoning may have been to lure LaMarcus Aldridge to sign. Obviously that hasn't worked out with the Suns sitting at the No. 2 spot in the lottery. For now, Alex Len and Alan Williams aren't the best stashes.
Feb 22 - 5:19 PM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

The Suns have reportedly received inquiries regarding the availability of P.J. Tucker from the Raptors, Celtics, Wizards, Clippers, Hawks and Jazz.

Tucker is very likely to be moved at the deadline, and in terms of fantasy value, Los Angeles and Atlanta look like the best potential destinations as he would assuredly lose value with any of the other aforementioned teams. T.J. Warren could see a nice boost in value if the Suns don't bring back another wing, so he's someone to consider stashing away ahead of the trade deadline.
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

Zach Lowe of ESPN is reporting that P.J. Tucker is the "most likely" to be traded by the Suns at the deadline.

Phoenix is taking calls on "most" of their veterans and that surely includes Tyson Chandler and Brandon Knight, but Tucker will likely draw the most interest because of his cheap expiring contract. Previous reports have indicated that the Suns are holding out for a first-round pick, but that seems a bit ambitious. The Raptors, Clippers and Celtics have all been linked to Tucker in recent days, but a trade would shatter his fantasy value and open the door for T.J. Warren to have a consistent role with minutes in the 30s.
Source: ESPN
Feb 20 - 9:50 PM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

The Celtics have reportedly expressed "deep interest" in P.J. Tucker.

Tucker would add some solid depth to the Celtics, but his playing time would take a substantial hit in Boston, so Tucker owners should be hoping that he remains in Phoenix past the deadline. There have been more than a few trade rumors regarding Tucker, though, so him remaining with the Suns is far from a certainty.
Feb 19 - 3:06 PM

Suns GM Ryan McDonough believes that Tyler Ulis will "play more minutes" after the trade deadline.

The Suns are expected to be sellers at the deadline and Brandon Knight could be on the move, so Ulis' outlook is promising. It also helps that the Suns may manage Eric Bledsoe's minutes down the stretch, as coach Earl Watson has hinted that Bledsoe has struggled with fatigue at times this season. Ulis has been in and out of the rotation this season, but it sounds like the Suns want to give him a lot of burn moving forward and a Knight trade would be the first step. He's just a stash in deeper leagues while Bledsoe is healthy, but you might as well put him on your watch list.
Feb 19 - 1:10 PM

Suns GM Ryan McDonough said Dragan Bender's (ankle) rehab is going well.

"We don’t want to put a hard date on it, but I do think at some point – whether that’s mid-to-late March or April – that he’ll come back and play," McDonough said. "The surgery went well. His rehab up to this point has gone well. He’s off crutches. I believe he’s out of a walking boot already so it’s been a very smooth process." The Suns are expected to be sellers at the deadline, but it doesn't sound like the rookie will return in time to help fantasy owners this season. He's a nice stash in dynasty but he belongs on the wire in all re-draft leagues.
Feb 19 - 1:03 PM

The Suns are shopping Tyson Chandler, Brandon Knight and P.J. Tucker prior to the deadline.

All three of these guys have been in the rumor mill all season, so the only takeaway here is that the Suns are still looking to accumulate draft picks and more young talent. There are a ton of centers on the market, so moving Chandler's contract won't be easy. It makes some sense to put Alex Len on your watch list if you need a big, while Chandler would more than likely lose value with a potential trade. Nothing is imminent by any means.
Feb 19 - 10:07 AM

Suns GM Ryan McDonough said on Friday that Eric Bledsoe is unlikely to be traded.

"We never say 'never,' but I think he's one of the least likely guys on the roster to get traded,'' said General Manager Ryan McDonough. The Suns are looking to build around Bledsoe, who is averaging career-highs in scoring (21.6 per game) and assists (6.2), while also posting a career-best PER of 21.5. Bledsoe is one of just four players averaging at least 21 points, six assists and five boards this season. The other three are LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and James Harden.
Feb 18 - 10:36 AM

Suns GM Ryan McDonough praised Eric Bledsoe this week and believes the PG still has a lot more room to grow.

"He’s really come a long way," McDonough said. "Look, I think he’s just starting to enter his prime at 27 years old." Bledsoe's name has been in the rumor mill with the Suns rebuilding, but McDonough hinted that the Suns will "more likely look at add players to help him and Devin [Booker] and help our young core grow." While Bledsoe could be rested a bit down the stretch in Phoenix, he's already in an ideal situation as he and Booker are the clear focal point of the offense.
Feb 16 - 9:29 AM

Eric Bledsoe posted the third triple-double of his career during a blowout 137-101 win over the Lakers on Wednesday, scoring 25 points with 10 rebounds, 13 assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

The Suns dominated their rivals with this 36-point victory as their largest against the Lakers in series history. As for Bledsoe, coach Earl Watson talked about a "physical wall" for Bledsoe last week, but he’s been surging since his day off on Saturday. Watson said he’s really been impressed with how Bledsoe has improved mentally on top of his elite athleticism. Bledsoe himself also talked about being a leader for the team in his post-game interview, so hopefully that will keep his minutes high until the end of the season. His fantasy owners have to feel a lot better heading into the break.
Feb 16 - 1:09 AM
Alex Len - F/C - Suns

Alex Len scored 15 points with nine rebounds, two assists and two blocks before fouling out in 23 minutes against the Lakers on Wednesday.

He averaged 3.0 fouls in 19.6 minutes per game prior to Wednesday, but foul trouble has always been one of his biggest weaknesses. Len shot 5-of-10 from the field and turned the ball over six times, but anyone who punted with him in DFS will live with that. If Tyson Chandler is moved before the Feb. 23 deadline, Len will be on the standard-league radar as a pickup. As for tonight's line, Len took advantage of a great matchup in a blowout win, so there's not much to see here.
Feb 16 - 1:04 AM

Devin Booker scored 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting in Wednesday's blowout win over the Lakers.

The Suns set season-highs in points (136) and assists (28) tonight, and they've now won 11 straight home games against the Lakers. Booker added four rebounds, one assist, one block and four triples in 30 minutes, and his owners can expect a strong run after the All-Star break as the SG is now averaging 23.0 points per game in February.
Feb 16 - 12:58 AM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

P.J. Tucker played through a back issue on Wednesday vs. the Lakers, finishing with nine points on 3-of-6 shooting with three boards and one triple in 21 minutes.

He briefly went to the locker room after falling into the camera area, but the fact that he returned to a game that the Suns won by 36 points is a great sign. He also gets a full week of rest during the All-Star break. Tucker is going to draw some interest at the deadline, but his owners won't miss him too much if he's dealt to a contender.
Feb 16 - 12:52 AM

Marquese Chriss racked up 15 points with eight rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 25 minutes vs. the Lakers on Wednesday.

The Lakers allow the fourth most fantasy points to power forwards this season, so it was nice to see the rookie take advantage of a great matchup. The Suns ran away with this game and won by 36 points, so he could've done so much more. Chriss has intriguing upside, but his lack of consistency and his tendency to get into foul trouble makes him more of a stash.
Feb 16 - 12:47 AM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

P.J. Tucker returned to the game in the third quarter on Wednesday.

The Suns have this game in the bag, so Tucker returning with a 20-plus scoring lead is a great sign. He's fine.
Feb 15 - 10:44 PM


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