Player News - Suns

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The Suns' offense will rely less on Brandon Knight and Eric Bledsoe initiating action at the top of the key this season, according to GM Ryan McDonough.

"I think you’ll see more of the ball with wing entry, corner entries," said McDonough. "A lot of play off the elbows with the movement off the ball, dribble handoffs, interchanges and things like that." The Suns' veteran guards have spoken about the need to "sacrifice" this season, presumably because of Devin Booker's ascendancy, and fantasy owners should pay close attention to the backcourt rotation this preseason.
Sep 28 - 10:52 PM

Eric Bledsoe said he's down to 189 pounds.

He listed at 205 last year and mentioned he'd like to keep his weight down. "I’m trying to keep that going for me, eating right, recovery, the whole nine, trying to get my body 100 percent," Bledsoe said. He takes a lot of contact and that's part of the reason he's suffered multiple meniscus tears. Talent and production have never been a question for Bledsoe, but he has to stay healthy.
Sep 28 - 3:44 PM

Ryan McDonough said that Brandon Knight has looked "really close" to being 100 percent healthy during recent workouts.

"Last year, he settled a lot for [jump shots] and things like that," said McDonough, "just because he didn’t feel like he had the burst to get to the paint, get to the free-throw line, absorb contact, bounce back up without potentially aggravating an injury." Knight's first 1.5 seasons in Phoenix have been ravaged by injuries, and while he's going to be coming into the 2016-17 season healthy, some questions remain about his fit alongside Eric Bledsoe and where he figures to be in the rotation with the emergence of Devin Booker. He's a risky mid-round target.
Sep 27 - 6:09 PM

Suns general manager Ryan McDonough said the team will talk about an extension with Archie Goodwin's agent later in October.

Goodwin is set to become a restricted free agent after the 2016-17 season if an agreement is not agreed upon by the October 31 deadline, but McDonough said talks will happen. "We want to see how it goes in training camp and preseason and then we’ll revisit it as a staff probably the last week or last 10 days of October," McDonough said. Goodwin will be stuck in a backcourt logjam to start the season, but is still worth a look in deeper fantasy leagues.
Sep 27 - 12:06 PM
Alex Len - F/C - Suns

Suns general manager Ryan McDonough said the team has yet to discuss a contract extension with Alex Len's agents.

Len will become a restricted free agent after the 2016-17 season if an extension isn't reached before October 31, but that doesn't mean the Suns aren't interested in keep the big man around. "We want to see how it goes in training camp and preseason and then we’ll revisit it as a staff probably the last week or last 10 days of October," McDonough said. Still just 23 years old, Len should be able to take another step in his development this season and is worth a late-round flier in standard fantasy league drafts.
Sep 27 - 12:00 PM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

P.J. Tucker (back) said he tried to shut it down in August before opting to have surgery in September.

In other words, this problem was lingering for Tucker before he had surgery on Sept. 15. He's going to miss all of camp and is considered doubtful for the opener. T.J. Warren will get the first crack to start, but he's also rehabbing a foot injury. The Suns will take a look at Devin Booker and Dragan Bender at the three this year.
Sep 26 - 2:56 PM

Dragan Bender could see time in the D-League this season.

He's arguably the most raw top-10 pick, so extra playing time would help. The Suns have talked about the seven-foot Croatian as a small forward, so maybe he gets some run at the three during the preseason with P.J. Tucker (back) on the sidelines. He's really only a target in Dynasty leagues for now.
Sep 26 - 2:44 PM

Marquese Chriss could spend time in the D-League this season.

Additionally, teammate P.J. Tucker said Chriss is like a 6'9" Gerald Green due to his athletic dunks. The Suns did bring on Jared Dudley to start at the four, so that way they can take their time developing the young big man. His upside is intriguing because of his shooting to go with the athleticism, but he's only a late-round lotto ticket in deep re-draft leagues.
Sep 26 - 2:42 PM

Eric Bledsoe said the Suns players are "definitely going to have to make sacrifices this season."

"That's one of the biggest things we're going to have to do," Bledsoe said. Presumably, the Suns' only 20 points-per-game scorer last season is saying the guards will have to share the ball due to the emergence of Devin Booker. While the Suns are exploring Booker at small forward on occasion, it would be a big surprise to see him start there -- even with P.J. Tucker (back) out. For now, it seems like Brandon Knight is the best bet to move to a bench combo guard role. Bledsoe's biggest risk remains his injury history, but he's still a fine pick as a No. 1 fantasy point guard in the early rounds.
Sep 26 - 2:20 PM

Jared Dudley described Devin Booker as the Suns' "next star" during a recent interview.

"You need to stars to win in this league. When we won, we had Amare [Stoudemire] and Steve [Nash]," Dudley said. "So they’ve done a good job drafting Devin Booker. That’s their next star. And I’ve seen him. He has the work ethic and the talent for that." Booker flashed his upside after the break last season with both Brandon Knight (hernia) and Eric Bledsoe (knee) on the sidelines, and it'll be interesting to see what he can do this year with both of those guys healthy. He'll be someone to target towards the later rounds for those looking to add some 3-point shooting.
Sep 21 - 12:12 PM

Eric Bledsoe (knee surgery) has been cleared for 5-on-5 scrimmaging.

Bledsoe participated in his first full scrimmage on Thursday, a development we've been waiting to see happen since undergoing left knee surgery in December of 2015. The man known as mini-LeBron will again be a high-risk, high-reward pick in the early portion of fantasy drafts. In two of his three seasons with the Suns, Bledsoe has played in 43 games or fewer.
Sep 17 - 4:26 PM

The Suns have invited Mike Moser to training camp.

Moser played for three different colleges in UCLA, UNLV and Oregon, but has spent the last two years playing overseas. The Suns have plenty of depth up front after they brought in Jared Dudley, Dragan Bender and Marquese Chriss this summer, so Moser's chances of making the final roster aren't good.
Sep 16 - 11:49 AM

Shaquille Harrison will attend the Suns' training camp.

The four-year guard had a strong senior season with Tulsa, averaging 15.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.1 assists on 47.4 percent shooting. If he wants to make the final 15-man roster in Phoenix, he will have to outplay John Jenkins in camp.
Sep 16 - 11:47 AM

The Suns have invited Derrick Jones Jr. to training camp.

The freshman out of UNLV averaged 11.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 0.9 steals in 21.5 minutes per game and shot 58.9 percent from the field, but also hit just 59.4 percent of his free throws. The Suns already have 15 contracts on the books, so he will need a strong camp to stick around.
Sep 16 - 11:44 AM

Devin Booker could pick up some minutes at small forward while P.J. Tucker (back) is out.

He grew at least one inch this summer and the Suns brass raved about his improvement in the post. The three-man combo of Booker, Brandon Knight and Eric Bledsoe played a grand total of just 43 minutes together last season, so that would be a somewhat new frontier for the Suns -- that combo probably wouldn't start, though. For Booker to become a fantasy stud, he'll really have to improve on his post-break 40.1 percent from the field.
Sep 15 - 9:47 PM

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