Player News - Suns

Date: Team: Pos:

Ryan McDonough said that he expects the Suns to be "major players" during free agency in 2017.

"We were kind of on the sideline for some of the marquee free agents [this offseason]. But as you know, [Adrian Wojnarowski], it wasn’t the deepest free agent class," said McDonough. "Potentially, it’s a very strong free agent class next year. And one of the things we’ve done with our contracts is we’ve lined them up to have max cap space next year without really touching the core of our roster." Phoenix could potentially go into the 2017 offseason with over $29 million in cap space, so they'll certainly have the available cash to go after a marquee player.
Aug 25 - 2:53 PM

Jared Dudley said that he expects to open the year as a starter for the Suns, but end the 2016-17 season playing in a reserve role in Phoenix.

Suns GM Ryan McDonough has already hinted that Dudley will open the year as the team's starting power forward, although it wouldn't be surprising to see either Marquese Chriss or Dragan Bender eventually supplant him at the four-spot, particularly if Phoenix is not competitive towards the end of the year. Even as a starter, it's unlikely Dudley will play much more than 25 minutes a night, so he's not a very attractive target in standard settings.
Aug 18 - 7:02 PM

Leandro Barbosa had 11 points, five boards, a steal and three turnovers on 4-of-8 shooting in Brazil's 111-107 loss to Argentina.

Barbosa played just 21 minutes, and he should get comfortable with that allotment considering he's unlikely to see more than that on a regular basis with the Suns now that he's back in Phoenix.
Aug 13 - 4:14 PM

Leandro Barbosa scored a team-high 16 points on 7-of-18 shooting Thursday, to go with three boards, four assists, two 3-pointers, one steal and two turnovers through 34 minutes of action.

Brazil lost to Croatia on Thursday, putting them in a 1-2 hole through the first three games of the Olympic tournament, which is good news for Team Spain's chances of advancing to the quarterfinals. Nene struggled with his shot during his 31 minutes on the court, going just 2-of-10 from the field and finishing the game with five points, two boards, two assists, three steals and two turnovers to his credit. Neither of these guys will be worth drafting in most leagues.
Aug 11 - 3:42 PM

Emeka Okafor will attempt a comeback to join a contending team in December or January.

He's 33 years old and has been out of the NBA since 2012-13. Okafor was thinking about a comeback in 2015, but he decided to wait a year. He's had a litany of injuries with a neck injury keeping him out for the 2014-15 season.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 8 - 10:21 PM

Leandro Barbosa scored 21 points off the bench during Brazil's 82-76 loss to Lithuania on Sunday, adding one rebound, two assists, two steals and two turnovers in 29 minutes of action.

Barbosa nearly helped Brazil overcome a 30-point deficit, scoring 17 of his 21 points during the third quarter, but ultimately Brazil fell short on their home floor. Barbosa will be returning to Phoenix this upcoming season, where he'll join a crowded backcourt featuring Devin Booker, Eric Bledsoe, Brandon Knight and Archie Goodwin. He's not going to be a factor in most leagues.
Aug 7 - 3:22 PM

Devin Booker said that he loves Phoenix and he'd like to spend his entire career as a member of the Suns.

"I love it in Phoenix and I want to be one of those guys that gets drafted by one team and stays there the whole time," said Booker. "You know, they turn around the franchise, and they get love for that in that city like they’re the mayor… People still wear Steve Nash jerseys here. That’s definitely something I want to be." Booker showed a ton of promise during his rookie season, and it'll be interesting to see if he can beat out Brandon Knight for the starting two-guard spot in Phoenix.
Source: Slam Online
Aug 3 - 10:17 AM

Devin Booker said that he hopes one day he'll be able to join the Team USA roster.

"I’m on the right road," Booker said. "Obviously, the Olympics is something I want to do in the future. And hopefully, I can make that jump." Booker certainly is headed in the right direction after an impressive rookie season, and he also mentioned how he believes that his rookie year will shape the rest of his career in a positive way. "I got to deal with the pressure being that main target. So hopefully down the line, I’m still going to have that main attention on me."
Jul 31 - 5:39 PM

Suns GM Ryan McDonough said that he's never seen a player "improve as rapidly" as Devin Booker has.

Booker really took off during the second-half of the 2015-16 season when both Brandon Knight (hernia, ankle) and Eric Bledsoe (knee) went down, putting in averages of 19.2 points, 3.0 boards, 4.1 assists, 1.5 triples and 3.1 turnovers per contest, and it'll be interesting to see if Phoenix makes any offseason moves to open up more minutes for Booker next season.
Jul 24 - 2:15 PM

General manager Ryan McDonough said chances are Alan Williams will be on the Suns to start the season.

"We told him to plan on being around our group and keep coming in to work out," McDonough said. "He’s a native Phoenician so he’s here most of the time. He spent a ton of time in the gym and I think you see the improvement in his body and game as well."He was terrific in Las Vegas, earning an All-NBA Summer League 2016 First Team nod and leading the event in rebounding. He's still unlikely to make the rotation.
Jul 22 - 5:03 PM

Ryan McDonough said that Tyler Ulis "helped himself" with his performance this summer.

"I don’t think it really surprised us what he was able to do there," McDonough said. "It might’ve surprised some people around the league. We had him rated a lot higher than where he got picked early in the second round. What he was able to do certainly translated." He averaged 14.5 points, 6.3 assists and 2.8 steals this summer, but he likely won't see many minutes unless the Suns move either Brandon Knight or Eric Bledsoe.
Jul 22 - 12:46 PM

Suns GM Ryan McDonough said that Marquese Chriss' athleticism is "ridiculous."

"Marquese is obviously explosive laterally," McDonough said. "You saw anytime he got left or there was a miscommunication where he was open under the basket. You just go throw it in the vicinity in the rim and he’s going to go catch it and dunk it. His athleticism is ridiculous. I thought he played really hard, too. His summer league was cut short due to an illness, and while he did have some nice moments, he shot 33 percent from the field and missed all seven of his 3-pointers. He probably won't make a lot of noise right out of the gate.
Jul 22 - 12:40 PM

Suns GM Ryan McDonough was impressed with Dragan Bender's lateral movement during the summer league.

"Dragan, I think it surprised a lot of people how well he was able to slide laterally," McDonough said. "He moves his feet very well on the perimeter. He contains ball-handlers well. I think in the last game he played in the quarterfinals against Denver, he had four blocks, so the length is unique." Bender didn't exactly light up the summer league with averages of 8.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.0 blocks with 4.4 fouls and 3.8 turnovers on 27.5 percent shooting, so he's likely a couple years away from making an impact in the NBA.
Jul 22 - 12:36 PM

Devin Booker said that he played in Summer League to work on his leadership skills.

"Just getting acquainted with the younger guys and trying to teach them the ropes," Booker said. He said he's been focused on improving his body this summer, including "eating right" and "getting more flexible," and he was completely dominant against inferior competition in Las Vegas. As the Suns' presumptive starting SG, Booker is poised for a strong sophomore campaign.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 18 - 2:35 PM

Dragan Bender (sprained ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's summer league game vs. Minnesota.

Bender tweaked his ankle during Saturday's game, and while he played through the minor injury, the Suns don't want to risk him suffering something more sever on the second game of a back-to-back set. Bender is just 18 years old with a frail frame, and while he's loaded with talent, it'll likely take him a few years to really get going at the NBA level.
Jul 17 - 5:29 PM


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