Player News - Suns

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The Sun and Kings are reportedly finalizing a sign-and-trade deal sending Isaiah Thomas to Phoenix.

The deal is reportedly for four-years and $27 million. The Kings will receive an approximately $7 million trade exception, and the draft rights to Alex Oriakhi. Sacramento management has never been too high on Thomas often citing his size and ignoring his statistical output. Regardless, Thomas has landed himself in a pretty nice situation in Phoenix's up-tempo system, and he figures to be the team's sixth man. It's not immediately clear what this means for Eric Bledsoe, but the Suns still have enough cap space to retain him.
Jul 11 - 6:30 PM

Restricted FA Isaiah Thomas said that he'd prefer to join the Lakers, Mavericks or Suns, but he's also been contacted by the Heat and Pistons.

"I don’t know if [the Kings] really want me like other teams do," said Thomas. "I know that [my] being 5'9" scares a lot of people, because that’s not the prototypical starting point guard in the NBA ... I’m going to show teams and show people that I am a legitimate starting point guard." He posted top-25 fantasy value in big minutes as a starter last season, ranking as the seventh most valuable point guard on a cumulative basis.
Source: Slam Online
Jul 11 - 12:04 PM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

The Suns will re-sign forward P.J. Tucker to a three-year, $16.5 million deal.

Considering some of the other deals being shelled out lately, this is a very good one for the Suns. Tucker outplayed his contract last year which paid him less than $1 million, but he turned out to be one of the better perimeter defenders in the NBA while adding a nice long-range game on offense. He'll be looking at a similar role next season unless rookie T.J. Warren usurps his playing time.
Jul 10 - 7:31 PM

Restricted free agent Isaiah Thomas is visiting with the Phoenix Suns on Thursday, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

It seems like a foregone conclusion that Thomas will not be back with the Kings next year, despite having the best season of his young career. The Suns are looking to add depth to their already talented back court, and perhaps a little insurance in case 2014-2015 restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe becomes hard to retain.
Jul 10 - 6:42 PM

Bogdan Bogdanovic and the Suns have agreed in writing that he will not be in the NBA this season.

That means his cap hold will be expunged for the 2015 season. The Suns still have a ton of cap space and now with LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Carmelo Anthony not going there, they can focus on Eric Bledsoe. At this point they would match any deal for Bledsoe. Bogdanovic has an 2016 opt-out clause, which is likely the soonest he'll be coming over.
Jul 9 - 10:24 PM
Alex Len - C - Suns

Suns center Alex Len will play without any restrictions at Summer League.

Len missed 40 games during an injury-plagued rookie campaign, and his surgically-repaired left ankle was a primary culprit, but it seems he's fully recovered. He also claims to have added 10 pounds of muscle since the season ended, which is a default statement for most players, but Suns beat writer Matt Petersen confirmed that Len looks "significantly" bigger.
Jul 8 - 3:51 PM

Unrestricted free agent Channing Frye has agreed on a four-year deal worth $32 million with the Magic.

Frye may be the starting power forward for the Magic, and he'll bring veteran leadership to a young Orlando roster. Frye had a nice season with Phoenix last season, averaging 11.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 2.0 three-pointers through 28.2 minutes per game. It's possible Frye can get a bit more minutes in a less crowded rotation in Orlando, which would create a marginal uptick in the stats. As for Phoenix, this move should open up the door for Markieff Morris to be the starting power forward. Morris's per-36-minute numbers are impressive at 18.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.1 steals per game, and if Phoenix doesn't make any additional moves, Morris could be a nice sleeper pick.
Jul 7 - 6:11 PM

Suns draft pick Bogdan Bogdanovic signed a four-year contract with Turkish club Fenerbahce Ulker, but the contract has a 2016 NBA out clause.

An NBA team can still buyout a player from his contract early, but the Suns expected Bogdanovic to spend at least another two seasons overseas. Bogdanovic is a 6'6" guard who won the Euroleague Rising Stars Award this past season. He compiled averages of 14.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 1.6 steals while shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc.
Jul 7 - 3:34 PM

Isaiah Thomas has likely spent his last days in a Kings uniform, and the Lakers have emerged as a "real possibility," according to sources.

Our own Aaron Bruski first reported his chances of staying in Sacramento as close to zero. LA has enough cap room to offer Thomas a decent amount of money, but that won't happen until Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James are off the board. Detroit is also in the mix, and they would reportedly be open to a sign-and-trade, while the Heat and Mavs are also in the running. For some unknown reason management in Sacramento doesn't view Thomas as a worthwhile asset to the franchise.
Jul 6 - 12:27 PM

The Bucks are reportedly going after restricted free agents Eric Bledsoe, and Greivis Vasquez.

The Bucks would likely need to overpay Bledsoe/Vasquez to join their team, and it seems pretty unlikely they would be able to land Bledsoe. Free agents have historically been resistant towards coming to Milwaukee, and with the group of players they currently have on their roster, it isn't exactly an enticing organization to come to for players looking to win-now. With the Raptors a bit more strapped from a financial standpoint, the Bucks could offer a "poison pill" type deal to pry away Vasquez.
Source: NBC Sports
Jul 6 - 9:58 AM

Restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe is in the early stages of contract talks with the Suns.

He has the same agent as LeBron James, so that is probably a higher priority for Rich Paul. Bledsoe may get a max offer and the Suns are expected to match. He only had one year to show what he can do and he was able to exceed most expectations. Bledsoe will be an early target in fantasy drafts next year.
Jul 5 - 9:36 PM

The Bucks are pitching an offer sheet to restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe.

The Bucks have some room to offer Bledsoe a big deal, but the Suns have the second-most cap space in the NBA right now. The 24-year-old guard was superb last season and will have a chance to make the All-Star team on whatever team he signs with. The Suns are expected to match any offer.
Jul 5 - 2:56 PM

Restricted free agent Isaiah Thomas' preferred teams are the Lakers, Heat and Pistons, according to Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News.

He grew up a Lakers' fan and they are considered as his favorite. The Kings don't seem like they're going bring Thomas back after coming to terms with Darren Collison today, so other teams have an excellent chance to pounce. For whatever reason, the Sacramento front office was never really all the way behind IT2.
Jul 3 - 5:25 PM

Bogdan Bogdanovic is reportedly close to signing a deal with Turkish club Fenerbahce.

Bogdanovic was selected by the Suns with the 27th pick of this year's draft with the intention of keeping him overseas for at least a year, so this doesn't come as a shock to the system for Phoenix. The 21-year-old had been playing with Paritzan of the Serbian League, but Paritzan is undergoing a rebuild so Fenerbahce should give Bogdan a better chance to experience some success after reaching the EuroLeague final 16 for four straight seasons.
Source: SB Nation
Jul 3 - 12:23 PM

The Indiana Pacers have engaged the Phoenix Suns in trade talks for Goran Dragic.

This move could make some sense as the Pacers are looking for a more consistent option a point guard after an up-and-down season from George Hill. Dragic is coming off a career year, but the Suns won't likely be able to afford both he and restricted free agent Eric Bledsode if Dragic turns down his player option for the 2015-16 season. It's currently unclear what the Pacers are offering the Suns for Dragic, but they would presumably have to dip into the core of their roster to keep the Suns from hanging up the phone.
Jul 3 - 10:44 AM


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