Player News - Suns

Date: Team: Pos:
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

P.J. Tucker's $5.3 million contract became guaranteed on Thursday.

This isn't a surprise for one of the Suns' most durable and productive players last year. The Suns now have eight guaranteed contracts and it should be 11 once they sign their three draft picks. Tucker saw 33.6 minutes per game in April for the Suns with the numerous injuries to their perimeter. T.J. Warren (foot) should be a bigger threat for playing time, so Tucker isn't the strongest fantasy target.
Jun 30 - 6:43 PM

Eric Bledsoe has reportedly become "leaner and stronger" since his season-ending knee injury in December.

Bledsoe hopes to be 100 percent healthy for training camp and it sounds like he's progressing well. "I don’t know that I’ve been more proud of a player that we’ve had when it comes to development and a professional changing of habits," said strength and conditioning coach Mike Elliott. Bledsoe is reportedly paying more attention to his nutrition and proper sleeping habits, after previously being "guilty of staying up late playing video games and coming to practice sluggish." The Suns have denied that he's on the trade block and he could be a fantasy steal if he manages to stay healthy in 2016-17.
Jun 29 - 8:29 PM

Ty Corbin will join the Suns as an assistant head coach.

Coach Earl Watson is putting together a solid bench for his young team. Corbin was being pursued by the Warriors, so it's unusual for the Suns win the competition for a coach over them.
Jun 25 - 7:26 PM

Suns general manager Ryan McDonough said that Tyler Ulis fell in the draft due to his size.

"Tyler Ulis at 34, we think frankly the only reason he’s there is because of his size," McDonough said. "He’s SEC Player of the Year, SEC Defensive Player of the Year, high character, high IQ. In some ways, I see a coach on the floor for a young guy. He went into Kentucky with all these great players around him last year and this year and just ran the show, just controlled the game." Unless the Suns trade either Brandon Knight or Eric Bledsoe, Ulis won't be looking at too many minutes right out of the gate.
Jun 25 - 1:46 PM

Earl Watson said that the Suns are not shopping Eric Bledsoe.

There was a report that the Suns were looking to deal either Brandon Knight or Bledsoe, but take Watson's comments with a grain of salt because admitting to this would hurt the Suns' leverage in trade talks. Bledsoe (knee) has resumed basketball activities and has a goal to be 100 percent for training camp, but trading him while his value is low wouldn't make much sense for the Suns. Expect him to open the season as the starting PG in Phoenix next season.
Jun 25 - 10:32 AM

Coach Earl Watson said Marquese Chriss is going to bring a "wow factor" to the Suns immediately.

"When you see how much better he can get and not really playing at a high level for so long, it’s going to get you excited," Watson said. "But it’s up to us to teach him, to be disciplined with him and understand the program is the program. He has to come and to work and he understands being professional." It sure sounds like Watson knows Chriss is going to be a lot of work in the early going. The University of Washington product may get more minutes than Dragan Bender out of the gate, but expect him to start his career slowly.
Jun 24 - 6:54 PM

General manager Ryan McDonough said Dragan Bender has "that magic feel" with the basketball.

The sample is pretty small on Bender, who played just 10.6 minutes per game last year. He did look unbelievable in the Under-18 European Championship, posting a 34-point, 14-board game against Lithuania a couple years ago. The upside is huge, but it might be a few years before he's making a noteworthy impact in fantasy.
Jun 24 - 5:09 PM

The Phoenix Suns have selected Tyler Ulis with the No. 34 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

Size is the big knock on Ulis at just 5’10" and 149 pounds, but he was decent at the rim with a 57.8 field goal percentage at that range. He was one of the best passers in his sophomore season, averaging 7.0 dimes with only 2.0 turnovers per outing in 36.8 minutes per game. A reported "significant" hip issue likely hurt his draft stock a bit, and it's to be determined if he'll need a surgical procedure to correct the injury. It's an interesting pick from the Suns, a team that previously gave up on another "small point guard" in All-Star Isaiah Thomas.
Jun 23 - 11:16 PM

The Kings selected Marquese Chriss with the No. 8 pick, but immediately traded him to the Suns in exchange for Bogdan Bogdanovic, the No. 13 pick, the No. 28 pick and a 2020 second-round pick.

He won’t turn 19 until next week, so Chriss is one of the most raw top prospects out there. The 6’10" Washington product played 24.9 minutes per game, averaging 13.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.6 blocks with a 53.1 field goal percentage. He also has a solid perimeter game and could emerge as a very strong option as a stretch four. The Suns selected Dragan Bender with the fourth pick, so Phoenix now has two intriguing young power forwards to rebuild around. As of right now, Bender and Chriss are the only power forwards on the Phoenix roster, so they should get some minutes right away.
Jun 23 - 8:29 PM

The Suns selected Dragan Bender with the No. 4 pick in the draft.

One of the mystery men of the draft with an attractive upside. He comes to a team with a major hole at power forward, but he is extremely raw and it could take a while for him to figure out the NBA. Bender is 7’1", but he almost plays more like a small forward. At Maccabi Tel Aviv last year, he averaged just 2.1 points in 10.6 minutes per game. The Croatian big man does have some terrific range with a 39.2 three-point percentage in the Israeli League. Despite being a seven-footer, Bender’s post game needs some work on both ends. He's going to have a tough time putting up value in standard leagues in his first season.
Jun 23 - 8:00 PM

The Suns were presumed to be focused on Marquese Chriss, but are "giving increasing consideration" to Dragan Bender at No. 4, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com.

This news comes on the heels of the Celtics not considering Bender at No. 3. The Suns need a power forward more than any team in the NBA, so they will almost certainly be going with one of these two guys. They also could look to deal the pick.
Jun 23 - 6:29 PM

The Celtics have reportedly ruled out drafting Dragan Bender with the No. 3 overall pick.

Bender has also worked out with the Suns (No. 4) and Timberwolves (No. 5), though those teams might be favoring Marquese Chriss and Buddy Hield, respectively. It's possible that Bender will fall to a team like the Nuggets at No. 7, but we'll know for sure in the next few hours.
Jun 23 - 6:22 PM

The Suns reportedly are leaning towards taking Marquese Chriss with the No. 4 overall selection in the 2016 NBA Draft.

The Suns were the only team that Chriss worked out for, and he reportedly impressed during his workout. Dragan Bender is also rumored to be in consideration to go No. 4 overall, so Phoenix is clearly looking for a power forward in this year's draft. Chriss is a highly athletic four, who could slide over to the three, while Bender will likely take some time to develop and is more of a stretch-four or undersized five.
Jun 23 - 4:20 PM

The Phoenix Suns are open to moving either Brandon Knight or Eric Bledsoe, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

The emergence of Devin Booker will make for a crowded Suns backcourt, so it makes a lot of sense for Phoenix to explore a trade for Knight or Bledsoe. A trade of either veteran would give a fantasy value boost both Booker and the one of the two guards who isn't traded, but we may not see a deal come to fruition until closer to the draft (if at all).
Jun 23 - 11:23 AM

Eric Bledsoe (knee) has resumed basketball activities and has a goal to be 100 percent for training camp.

"I feel like I should be doing more, but it’ll be a long season next year, so right now I’m just preparing my body," Bledsoe said. His name has come up in trade rumors lately, but it would be surprising to see him traded on Thursday. When healthy, he's one of the better point guards out there and flirted with first-round value in standard leagues before his season-ending meniscus tear.
Source: NBA.com
Jun 22 - 6:19 PM


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