Player News - Suns

Date: Team: Pos:

While being interviewed on the Arizona Diamondbacks broadcast on Wednesday, Devin Booker said his primary goal for the 2016-17 season is to win.

"That goal stays consistent, so turning around this franchise and getting it back to where it was... that's my ultimate goal," Booker said. Sadly, no muscle watch or adding new stuff to his game with this quote. Perhaps the interesting part of this quote is how the Suns just openly said they're going to take a patient approach to how they turn their team around. Whatever the case, Booker is untouchable in trades and should be extremely busy as the primary scorer.
Jul 26 - 5:41 PM

Suns sign C Alan Williams.

It's official on what is reportedly a three-year, $17 million deal, and Big Sauce said he waited to sign the deal to help the Suns have more flexibility in free agency. He's one of the most liked players on the team for his bench celebrations and charisma, and he's also a Phoenix guy with his mom being Chief of Police for the city. Williams is still going to have to play behind Tyson Chandler, but the Suns will definitely be resting Chandler a ton -- Marquese Chriss will play some five, too. Williams getting his deal likely means Alex Len is headed elsewhere/
Jul 26 - 3:29 PM

LeBron James will be working out with Derrick Rose, Eric Bledsoe and others in Las Vegas, according to ESPN's Chris Haynes.

This will probably help fuel the Bledsoe for Kyrie Irving trade rumors. Although, Bledsoe and LeBron have been close for years, they have worked out together before, and they both have Rich Paul as their agent. In other words, this is not a surprise and there's a very good chance this has nothing to do with the trade rumor. Bledsoe has said he'd like to win now and the Suns would probably like to move him to focus on their player development, so expect plenty of rumors to follow.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 26 - 2:57 PM

The Nets have interest in unrestricted free agent Jared Sullinger, but according to sources of Anthony Puccio of the Nets Daily, there are rumblings that Sullinger could be headed to China.

The Nets actually have a decent amount of cap space available, so they could potentially make a competitive offer to Sullinger, but he'd be able to be more of a focal point of the offense in China. It'll be interesting to see how this one plays out, but if Sullinger is awarded a "show-me" deal by Brooklyn, he could start making blips on the deep league radar.
Jul 26 - 11:05 AM

John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 is reporting that Josh Jackson won't be included in any potential deal for Kyrie Irving.

There have already been reports linking Irving to the Suns in exchange for Bledsoe and a collection of picks and/or prospects, but ESPN's Ramona Shelburne said the Suns have reassured Jackson of their intention to keep him. The two-way forward showcased his upside at the Summer League with 17.4 points, 9.2 boards, 1.6 dimes, 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocks per game and is a dark horse to lead all rookies in minutes because of his ability to play multiple positions.
Jul 25 - 8:18 PM

Brandon Knight reportedly tore the ACL in his left knee and he's in danger of missing the entire 2017-18 season.

Knight suffered the ACL tear while playing in a pro-am game last week in Miami and he's expected to have surgery on Friday, at which point we should get a firm timetable on his recovery. Given the current direction of the Suns' franchise, they may consider outright waiving Knight if they're unable to find a trade partner willing to take on his contract worth roughly $44 million over the next three seasons. Obviously, Knight won't be worth targeting in any format on draft day.
Source: ESPN
Jul 25 - 5:00 PM

Eric Bledsoe said he loves everything about Phoenix, but added that he wants to win now.

Bledsoe is only 27, but he said he feels like an old man among his young teammates. The Suns are probably another year or two away from being competitive in the West, and Bledsoe reiterated that he was upset about being shut down at the end of last season so the Suns could tank their way to a better draft pick. Bledsoe has been linked to Cleveland because of Kyrie Irving's trade request, and he does share the same agent and is good friends with LeBron James. He was awesome last season with averages of 21.1 points, 6.3 assists, 4.8 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.6 treys per game, and more importantly, he was able to stay on the floor.
Source: AZ Central
Jul 24 - 9:58 AM

Jared Sullinger is down to 285 pounds.

He was up to 320 pounds in 2015-16, and wasn't in the NBA during the 2016-17 season. Sullinger has changed his eating habits and has been eating vegan for about three weeks. Sullinger is trying to get back in the NBA and he should get a make-good deal to show up at an NBA camp.
Jul 22 - 2:50 PM

The Suns have agreed to a multi-year contract extension with general manager Ryan McDonough.

The Suns had a press conference to announce this move and the addition of James Jones to be the vice president of basketball operations. In the press conference, the Suns really preached patience with a focus on the draft and player development. In other words, you can probably bet we see players like Eric Bledsoe and Tyson Chandler get days off just like last year.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 19 - 2:40 PM

Earl Watson was particularly impressed with Dragan Bender's play during Summer League.

"I think we saw amazing growth from Bender," said Watson. "From the way he started to the way he finished, he was aggressive, making plays, getting to the rim, hitting threes and just being a playmaker." Aside from only connecting on 39.4 percent of his shots, Bender had a solid showing at Summer League with averages of 14.2 points, 6.0 boards and 2.4 dimes per contest. He's reportedly added 20 pounds to his frame and the Suns want to utilize him more at center next season, but he still doesn't necessarily have a clear path to minutes with the current construction of the roster.
Jul 19 - 10:47 AM

Josh Jackson is looking forward to spending more time at his true position as a small forward this upcoming season with the Suns.

"I’m more of guy who was about winning more than anything else. If you look at our class... I’m the only guy who played out of position my entire college career," said Jackson, who’ll play small forward in Phoenix after playing power forward for the Jayhawks. Jackson put his versatility on display during Summer League, compiling averages of 17.4 points, 9.2 boards, 1.6 dimes, 1.2 steals and 1.0 block per game on 42.5 percent shooting. He needs to work on his jumper, and he'll be battling with T.J. Warren for the starting SF spot during training camp, but he'll have plenty of opportunities to shine during his rookie year on a rebuilding Suns' team.
Jul 19 - 10:32 AM

Brandon Knight is "one name that came up in conversation" between the Knicks and Suns, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.com.

Knight's trade value is almost negative at this point as the Suns would likely want to get him off their books to play guys like Tyler Ulis or really any other young guard. The former Buck and Piston is under contract until 2019-20 for a total of around $44 million, so the remaining money on the deal could help in a Carmelo Anthony trade. The Suns would probably do this for any decent asset, so it's more about the Knicks and if they think a change of scenery can help Knight.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 14 - 9:04 PM

The Knicks and Suns reportedly discussed a trade that would have sent Brandon Knight to New York.

The Knicks are desperate for a point guard, but not that desperate. Knight has one of the league's least desirable contracts. He is owed more than $43 million over the next three years. Last season, Knight was benched after the All-Star break and finished the season averaging 11.0 points, 2.4 assists and 2.2 rebounds, while shooting just 39.8 percent from the floor. The Suns will have a hard time finding a team to take Knight off their hands.
Jul 14 - 12:33 PM

Mike James scored 32 points with five rebounds, five assists, five rebounds, six turnovers, three steals and three 3-pointers against the Grizzlies on Thursday.

As great as this outing was, James did get a little careless with some poor shot selection and turnovers in the fourth quarter. He's earned a contract with the Suns and should be at camp to compete for the third PG spot. It's also worth mentioning that James tweeted out his feelings about players leaving Europe Thursday morning. "Europe gotta start treating players better or it's going to keep getting worse and worse," he said.
Jul 13 - 10:06 PM

Dragan Bender scored 20 points with seven rebounds, five assists, three turnovers and one 3-pointer against the Grizzlies on Thursday.

He had more freedom on offense than maybe ever. Bender was even bringing the ball up and had plenty of plays drawn up for him to create, so he wasn't just a stretch five like he was earlier in this event. This probably won't be happening too often in October, but Bender's growth compared to last July is clearly there. He'll be vying for minutes at three positions with the Suns, but he won't have too much fantasy value out of the gate.
Jul 13 - 9:57 PM


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