Player News - Suns

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Jeff Hornacek is expected to be a candidate for the Pacers open head coach position, according to Ken Berger of CBS.

Hornacek is also being considered for the Kings head coach position and will join names like Nate McMillan and Jim Boylen on Pacers president Larry Bird's list. We'll keep an eye on Hornacek's movement, but he may not be out of a job very long after being fired by the Suns during the 2015-16 season.
May 5 - 1:42 PM

Jeff Hornacek will interview for the Sacramento Kings vacant head coach position this week.

The Kings will also interview Patrick Ewing, Mark Jackson, and David Blatt so Hornacek is no shoe-in for the job. While it's no guarantee Hornacek finds a job for the 2016-17 season, we could see him behind an NBA bench next season as the Wizards have also expressed interest in the former Suns coach.
May 3 - 9:32 AM

Brandon Knight (hernia) said that he will be prepared to play both on and off the ball next season.

"I’m going to be good whether on the ball or off the ball. I just know I’m going to be a better player next year. I’m prepared and ready for that," Knight said. "Once I’m healthy, I’m excited about what I’ll be able to do individually and what our team will be able to do as well." The Suns will have a crowded backcourt next season due to Devin Booker's emergence and the return of Eric Bledsoe from knee surgery, but for now Knight is still a target in the middle rounds for owners who don't mind a volatile FG percentage and high turnover rate.
Apr 29 - 1:05 PM

Eric Bledsoe's knee is "nearly fully recuperated" according to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic.

He had knee surgery in December to repair the torn meniscus in his left knee, but this confirms that his rehab is going well and he should be ready to go for training camp. Bledsoe said that coach Earl Watson "was probably one of the main reasons" he was playing so well at the beginning of the season, so he could have a solid 2016-17 campaign if he can stay healthy. The durability concerns means he should be available at a discount as well.
Apr 29 - 12:52 PM

Suns coach Earl Watson said he can't wait to see what Alan Williams can do in the summer league.

"We have to work with him but I believe in him," Watson said. "I can’t wait to see him play in Summer League so I can see him on the sideline and go crazy for him." It sounds like there's a pretty good chance that the Suns will pick up his team option for the 2016-17 season, but he likely won't be a factor in fantasy leagues unless Phoenix decides to move Tyson Chandler.
Apr 29 - 12:38 PM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

The Suns are expected to exercise P.J. Tucker's contract option, according to the Arizona Republic.

Just $1.5M of Tucker's $5.3M salary is guaranteed, making him an undervalued asset in the NBA's new landscape.
Apr 25 - 2:07 PM

John Jenkins believes he showed he's an NBA player during his stint with the Suns.

"I was able to show that I’m healthy," he said. "I’ve had people questioning that. I definitely showed that I can withstand a NBA season, shoot the ball well, expand other parts of my game and play at the highest level still. The way the direction is going and the youth movement here, I think I fit right in. I’m still a young guy with room to grow." Phoenix holds a team option on Jenkins for each of the next two seasons.
Apr 25 - 2:02 PM

Jon Leuer, who will be an unrestricted free agent, is hopeful to remain with the Suns.

"I want to play here," Leuer said. "To have a year like that, it definitely gives me confidence moving forward." The Suns will prioritize a lot of things before turning attention to Leuer, and the same could be said for almost any other team that has interest in his services.
Apr 25 - 2:00 PM

Mirza Teletovic, who will be an unrestricted free agent, is open to returning to the Suns.

"I love the people in Phoenix, the organization and the people around the Suns," Teletovic said. "Everybody wants the team to be better and I think I can help the team be where they want to get." Teletovic added that Earl Watson's hire was an important factor, but it will take a raise from this season's $5.5 million salary in order to retain him.
Apr 25 - 1:57 PM

Ronnie Price plans to give the Suns the first chance to pursue him in free agency.

"I won’t listen to any other teams until I talk to Phoenix first," Price said. With Brandon Knight (hernia) and Eric Bledsoe (knee surgery) both returning from injuries, perhaps Price could stick around as emergency backcourt insurance. Regardless, the veteran's next contract certainly won't be a priority for a rebuilding Suns team with a ton of work to do.
Apr 25 - 1:53 PM

Earl Watson has reportedly agreed to a three-year deal to become the next head coach of the Phoenix Suns.

Watson showed a knack for being able to connect with his players, as both Devin Booker and Markieff Morris flourished with Watson at the helm. It'll be interesting to see what Watson does with his rotations next season with Brandon Knight, Eric Bledsoe and Booker all healthy.
Apr 19 - 3:17 PM

The Suns will meet with Bogdan Bogdanovic this summer to discuss the possibility of him coming to Phoenix for the 2016-17 season.

"It’s exciting because he’d technically be a NBA rookie but he has tremendous experience playing high-level games in Europe, in the World Championships and for the Serbian national team," Suns GM Ryan McDonough said. "He could be one of the more ready-to-play rookies that you‘ll see." The 23-year-old combo guard is a star in the Euroleague and could see minutes right away in Phoenix due to their lack of depth on the wings, so hopefully we will see him in the states next season.
Apr 17 - 12:11 PM

Suns general manager Ryan McDonough said that Devin Booker will be able to coexist with Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight next season.

"That’ll be a key thing for us this offseason, trying to blend those guys together," McDonough said. "I can see how their games would mesh well. But everybody needs to be willing to make some sacrifices and accept the role because they’re three talented players. Ideally, your top players play about 32 minutes a game. You take the 96 minutes at the guard spots and divide it by three. Keeping in mind, Booker is the most likely to slide to the three spot as he gets stronger." It sounds like the Suns are committed to keep giving Booker heavy minutes, so he could be poised for a big 2016-17 campaign.
Apr 17 - 12:06 PM

Earl Watson is the frontrunner for the Suns coaching job next season, according to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic.

"Earl Watson has done a terrific job over the past two months under very difficult circumstances, so he’ll certainly be a part of that process," general manager Ryan McDonough said. "Over the past couple months, he has helped solidify himself as a legitimate candidate." Watson's plan to run a more concrete rotation worked as the Suns played some closer games later in the year.
Apr 16 - 1:19 PM

Brandon Knight said he sees his role being the same next season.

"We’ll see what happens next year as far as a role, but I see my role being exactly the same," Knight said. This is interesting because the lineup info suggests Knight might be better suited as a sixth man a la Jamal Crawford. Knight should be viewed as a mid-round target in fantasy drafts.
Apr 14 - 10:52 PM


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