Player News - Suns

Date: Team: Pos:
Alex Len - C - Suns

Alex Len said that he will spend this offseason working on his post moves and improving his offensive game.

Alex Len's standard league fantasy value was essentially crushed when Tyson Chandler decided to sign with Phoenix. Unless Chandler goes down with an injury, Len won't be worth owning in standard leagues.
Jul 7 - 6:31 PM

The Phoenix Suns are exploring trading Markieff Morris, according to Jordan Schultz of the Huffington Post.

Morris and Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek haven't always seen eye-to-eye, so this would make some sense with Marcus Morris already being traded to Detroit. Markieff has an affordable $8 million per year deal and should have a decent trade market, so we'll keep our eye on this situation as it develops. He'll continue to provide mid-to-late round fantasy value as long as he lands somewhere where he's starting.
Jul 7 - 9:28 AM

Alec Brown will play in Las Vegas Summer League.

He had a dislocated shoulder at summer league last year, but he was able to return to action last season at the D-League. Brown had an abysmal run at Vegas last year, so he'll look to get better this time around. He's not close to being on the fantasy radar.
Jul 6 - 2:41 PM

Marcus Thornton is on the Heat's free-agent radar, a source told the Miami Herald.

Thornton should certainly come cheap after an uneven season and Miami would be a good spot for the shooter to rehab his value. A capable floor-stretcher who could help provide insurance behind Dwyane Wade, it wouldn't be too shocking to see Thornton wind up in South Florida.
Jul 6 - 10:24 AM

Kendall Marshall (knee) expects to be ready for NBA training camps in October.

"The rehab has been going great," Marshall said. "I've started to do close-out drills and changes of direction. We've been aggressive with the rehab and I'll be ready when training camps open. With this injury, I know some guys have had setbacks, deal with tendinitis, and I haven't had any of that. It's been a smooth process. By the time August and September comes, I'll be getting fully ready for the season." Marshall is an unrestricted free agent, and if healthy, he should be able to sign a deal with an NBA team. However, he'll likely be a backup wherever he lands, and won't be worth drafting in standard fantasy leagues.
Jul 2 - 2:17 PM

The Suns met LaMarcus Aldridge with owner Robert Sarver, president of basketball operations Lon Babby, general manager Ryan McDonough, coach Jeff Hornacek, assistant coach Earl Watson, Tyson Chandler, Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight.

Besides the previously reported info on Tyson Chandler joining this group, it's interesting to see Bledsoe being involved. The Suns are going to have to make a trade to get LMA because they're basically out of cap space right now.
Jul 1 - 5:26 PM

Tyson Chandler has agreed to a deal with the Suns worth $52 million over four years.

Well, we have our first surprise of the day. Additionally, the Suns are going to bring Chandler to their meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge. The Suns had some issues with center because Alex Len just couldn't stay healthy, but now they have two terrific rim protectors. Len is no longer a fantasy sleeper for next year while Chandler should be a double-double guy with blocks in an up-tempo style. Of course, the Suns signing a 32-year-old big man to a four-year deal carries some serious risk.
Jul 1 - 3:15 PM

The Suns and Brandon Knight have agreed on a five-year, $70 million deal.

The Suns now have two guards with five-year, $70 million deals with Eric Bledsoe getting one last year. Coach Jeff Hornacek has been a fan of two-PG lineups, but both guys are more than capable of being shooting guards. However, both are sub-par passers and it'll be interesting to see if Knight can build off his breakout 2014-15 season.
Jul 1 - 2:58 PM

The Clippers have expressed interest in free agent small forward Gerald Green.

Green is as streaky as they come, but he would significantly improve the Clippers' bench and would be a lot of fun to watch in Lob City. The Celtics also have interest in Green, but the Clippers will likely prioritize re-signing DeAndre Jordan before they do anything else. On a side note, there is a growing belief that Paul Pierce could return to Washington, so this could explain why the Clippers are interested in Green.
Jul 1 - 1:50 AM

Tyson Chandler will draw "significant interest" from the Bucks as an unrestricted free agent.

If the Mavs are able to pry away DeAndre Jordan from the Clippers, that will likely signify the end of Chandler's time in Dallas. Jason Kidd won a championship playing alongside Chandler with the Mavs back in 2011, and he reportedly loves him, so Milwaukee could emerge as a legitimate landing spot for Chandler.
Jun 30 - 7:00 PM

Coach Jeff Hornacek denied reports that the Suns are looking to deal Eric Bledsoe.

"Eric is a big part of our future and there was no entertainment of that," Hornacek said. With the Suns reportedly set to offer Brandon Knight a five-year, $70 million deal, it's not going to be easy to have two of those deals essentially for just one position -- they would obviously play next to each other a lot. Expect plenty more Bledsoe rumors in the next couple weeks.
Jun 29 - 4:39 PM

Suns extend a qualifying contract offer to G Brandon Knight.

This is just to make him a restricted free agent. Phoenix is expected to re-sign its trade deadline acquisition to a five-year, $70 million deal when free agency opens this week.
Jun 29 - 1:55 PM

The Kings are "expected to express interest" in an Eric Bledsoe trade, a source told the Sporting News.

This reads more like speculation than reporting, so take it for what it's worth. The author writes that a Bledsoe acquisition could be a way to appease Cousins, but the Kings should be more concerned about building a sustainable winner vs. pacifying individual personalities on a volatile roster. Phoenix is not close to a deal with any club for its $70 million guard.
Jun 29 - 12:17 PM
Alex Len - C - Suns

The Suns will look for backup centers for Alex Len in free agency.

Names like Kosta Koufos and Alexis Ajinca could be in the mix, but that's just speculation. Phoenix is committed to Len as its starter, but with his history of ankle issues, the Suns would be wise to prioritize bringing in a very capable backup.
Jun 29 - 9:18 AM

Brandon Knight is expected to sign a five-year, $70M deal with the Suns when free agency opens this week, according to Bucks beat writer Gery Woelfel.

If true, that's the exact same deal Phoenix gave Eric Bledsoe, and that would be awfully interesting considering Bledsoe's name has been dangled in trade rumors all season long. GM Ryan McDonough also called re-signing Knight "one of our top priorities, if not the top priority." Despite playing just 11 games for the Suns and needing offseason ankle surgery, Phoenix apparently has no reservations about handing over $70 million to the young man. It's good to be in the NBA.
Jun 29 - 9:08 AM


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