Player News - Suns

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Former Suns player Rex Chapman has been accused of stealing $14K of merchandise from a Scottsdale Apple store and pawning the goods for cash.

He's facing 14 felony counts and was arrested by the Scottdale Police Department. Chapman played in the league from 1988-2000, so this is a little surprising. He also had front-office duties with the Suns and Wolves.
Sep 19 - 8:04 PM

Updating a previous report, the Suns have no interest in an Eric Bledsoe sign-and-trade deal with Minnesota, according to sources.

The purported deal didn't make much sense, as the Timberwolves would simply be unloading bad contracts onto Phoenix in exchange for an all-star caliber player. With the Suns reportedly not interested in Ricky Rubio, and Andrew Wiggins being untouchable, there just isn't a plausible deal that could take place. It seems the most likely scenario is Eric Bledsoe accepting the Suns' qualifying offer, and becoming an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season. If he can remain healthy, Bledsoe could be a steal in the early-mid rounds of your draft as he looks to prove he’s worth the max-deal he is seeking.
Sep 19 - 5:53 PM

The Timberwolves are reportedly ready to offer Eric Bledsoe the four-year, $63 million max-level contract he's been seeking.

The Wolves currently do not have the cap space to make this offer upfront, so it would need to involve a sign-and-trade. However, the Suns reportedly are not interested in Ricky Rubio, so it's unclear exactly who would be involved in this deal. Bledsoe has been great while on the court, and averaged 17.7 points, and 5.5 assists last season with the Suns, however, he also only made it through 43 games. It's difficult to give any real analysis without knowing how the parts would be moved in this deal, but we'll be monitoring the situation closely. Stay tuned.
Source: ESPN
Sep 19 - 4:13 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves have reportedly been in contact with the Phoenix Suns about Eric Bledsoe.

These discussions have reportedly happened even after the Kevin Love trade, but it doesn't sound like much headway has been made as the teams aren't matching up on assets. Bledsoe hasn't received any offers as a restricted free agent and has until October 1 to sign his one-year qualifying offer. There may be more to come here, but the smart money is on Bledsoe opening the regular season with the Suns and providing early-to-mid round fantasy value.
Sep 18 - 1:36 PM

The Suns and restricted FA Eric Bledsoe have shown "no signs of [contract] talks or a sign-and-trade."

Bledsoe turned down the Suns' four-year, $48 million offer in the hopes of landing a max deal, but no team would commit that much guaranteed cash to a player with 78 career starts and two right knee surgeries. He has until Oct. 1 to negotiate a deal or accept a one-year qualifying offer, which would make him an unrestricted FA next summer.
Sep 16 - 3:48 PM

The Chinese team Quingdao Double Star is expected to offer Hamed Haddadi more than $1.3 million annually to stay in Asia next season.

Haddadi is hoping to earn an NBA contract, but he's also exploring his options in Europe and may find it hard to turn down such a lucrative offer from Quingdao. The 29-year-old spent five seasons with Memphis, but never averaged more than the 13.8 minutes per game he saw during a short stint with Phoenix in 2012-13.
Sep 14 - 7:40 PM

Bogdan Bogdanovic had an efficient outing as Serbia upset France, going for 13 points, and 2 three-pointers on 4-of-5 shooting from the field.

Bogdan also shot 4-of-5 from the charity stripe, while chipping in four assists, one rebound, and one steal. He scored 10 of his 13 points in the fourth quarter to thwart France's comeback attempt, and overall he was impressive. However, Bogdanavic already has an agreement in writing with the Suns that he will not be playing the NBA this season.
Sep 12 - 6:35 PM

Suns GM Ryan McDonough praised Bogdan Bogdanovic's play during the FIBA World Cup, saying, "He was very efficient and got his spots and got the shots he wants to shoot."

"He scored on spot-up shots, off the dribble and going to the basket," McDonough said. "I'm impressed with his playmaking. He's got long arms. He's strong and he has a feel for the game." Bogdanovic has intriguing skills for a 6'6" player with a 6'11" wingspan, but he's unlikely to buy out his contract with Fenerbahce in Turkey until 2016.
Sep 10 - 11:34 AM

Goran Dragic said that he plans on opting out of his current contract after the 2014-15 season in order to quickly re-sign with the Phoenix Suns.

Speaking at the FIBA World Cup of Basketball, Dragic said, "Got a very interesting position with the club. Guess I'll break the contract and sign a new one. As I spoke [to the Suns], I immediately during the first week, when the market opens, sign and I will therefore be calm." Dragic is coming 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, and should be one of the top 10 point guards on draft boards heading into fantasy drafts.
Sep 9 - 1:03 PM

Goran Dragic didn't have his best game during Saturday's win over the Dominican Republic, turning the ball over six times to go with 12 points, two boards, six assists, and one steal.

He missed all four attempts from beyond the arc and his entire team struggled from there, making a total of just six treys on 26 attempts. The Slovenians were attacking the rim quite a bit due to the lack of size of the Dominicans, but they won't be able to do that when they play Team USA on Monday.
Sep 6 - 4:01 PM

Eric Bledsoe worked out with LeBron James on Friday.

LeBron said Bledsoe is going to be an all-star "in no time" on his Instagram post. Bledsoe is now the only restricted free agent left on the market, and there has been very little communication between him and the Suns. There was a report that Bledsoe will sign a qualifying offer, but nothing is official yet.
Sep 5 - 7:13 PM

The lack of communication between the Suns front office and Eric Bledsoe has lasted nearly six months.

He is still not signed and multiple reports suggest he's looking like he'll sign a qualifying offer for $3.7 million. Bledsoe would be able to request a team of his choosing, and perhaps this prolonged time apart explains why the Suns signed Isaiah Thomas. The former Clipper seems like he won't be with the Suns beyond the 2014-15 season.
Sep 5 - 1:27 PM

Isaiah Thomas donated 300 backpacks to kids in a Boys and Girls Club of Metro Phoenix.

He was a beloved player in Sacramento for doing things like this and he's on his way to being the same in Phoenix. Thomas' offseason has also included a lot of training as he prepares for a new role as a sixth-man, but he shouldn't take long to get acclimated. Still, his fantasy value takes a big hit and he's very unlikely to come close to matching his production from last season.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 5 - 9:39 AM

Goran Dragic shot 0-of-5 from the three-point line in Slovenia's loss to Lithuania in the FIBA World Cup.

He scored 12 points and added two rebounds, four assists, and two steals in the loss. Slovenia only managed two points in the final quarter, squandering a seven point lead. Dragic will get a chance to atone for his poor shooting against the Dominican Republic in the round of 16.
Sep 4 - 5:24 PM

Former Grizzlies C Hamed Haddadi said that signing in Europe is "one of [his] options" as a free agent.

Haddadi has reportedly drawn interest from Real Madrid, and he said that Euroleague is the only overseas league he would consider joining. He's hoping that a strong FIBA World Cup will inspire NBA teams to contact his agent, but he may not earn more than a training camp invite to fight for a backup slot.
Source: HoopsHype
Sep 3 - 12:32 PM


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