Player News - Suns

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Both Markieff and Marcus Morris are in the starting lineup for the Suns on Tuesday, along with Goran Dragic, Eric Bledsoe and Miles Plumlee.

We could see this lineup for the first three games of the regular season with P.J. Tucker suspended. And if Marcus continues to play well alongside his brother, it could stick even after Tucker is ready.
Oct 21 - 9:18 PM
Alex Len - C - Suns

Alex Len (finger) scrimmaged with the Suns for the first time since breaking his right pinky finger on Monday, and he's hoping to be able to play in 1-2 preseason games.

Len may suit up for Tuesday's preseason game vs. the Lakers, but it's more likely that he'll return either Wednesday vs. the Clippers or Friday vs. the Jazz. He's going to be entering the 2014-15 season in a reserve role, and has really struggled with staying healthy as he was only able to suit up for 42 games last season. Len isn’t someone worth targeting in standard leagues.
Oct 20 - 4:22 PM

Coach Jeff Hornacek told rookie T.J. Warren that his team is "not playing a pickup game" during practice on Saturday.

The buzz on Warren has subsided a bit since his impressive summer league. It seems obvious that Marcus Morris is going to start at small forward on opening night with P.J. Tucker suspended so Warren is unlikely to have much value this season. He does have some upside in keeper leagues, though.
Oct 20 - 11:19 AM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

With mounting competition for playing time at small forward, P.J. Tucker said he's ready and able to play power forward as needed.

"When I go to [power forward], very rarely are we going to be a mismatch," said Tucker, who will be suspended the first three games of the season. "I can guard any four. And then they're not going to be able to guard us with the way we run the ball and spread the floor." Gerald Green is likely to play more SF this season, and both Marcus Morris and rookie T.J. Warren are also vying for SF minutes. Tucker's ability to play some PF is encouraging for his fantasy outlook, but he's still a flier pick at best.
Oct 20 - 1:22 AM

Markieff Morris came off the bench and played 23 minutes against the Spurs on Thursday, making 7-of-10 from the field for 17 points, seven rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer.

He hasn't been completely unleashed in the preseason, but the stats have been there in limited playing time. All the pieces are in place for a Markieff breakout after being the 38th-best player in nine-category leagues after the break last season. Plus, that was with Channing Frye around.
Oct 17 - 1:04 AM

Goran Dragic made 9-of-14 from the field for 20 points against the Spurs on Thursday, adding one rebound, six assists, three steals, no turnovers and one 3-pointer.

The Suns could look to go with a three-guard lineup, but it wouldn't really affect Dragic anyway outside of maybe a faster pace. He's safe to draft in the third round and was still a top-40 player last year even while Eric Bledsoe was in the lineup.
Oct 17 - 1:01 AM

Eric Bledsoe made 7-of-10 from the field for 16 points with six assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes against the Spurs on Thursday.

He had five shots from at least 19 feet and he made three of them, so that counts for something. Bledsoe is working on his mid-range game it's been positive so far, but he's going to be awesome on offense no matter what he decides to do. He'll put up top-40 value as long as he's healthy.
Oct 17 - 12:58 AM

Marcus Morris scored 14 points with six rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes in the starting lineup on Thursday.

He is expected to start at small forward on opening night and should have some nice value in the first three games. Fantasy owners can give him a look for short-term value in all leagues and he could provide enough value in 14-team formats.
Oct 17 - 12:55 AM

Coach Jeff Hornacek said if rebounding isn't an issue, he is definitely interested in a three-guard lineup.

The Suns went on a 9-0 run with the lineup of Isaiah Thomas, Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe, so it could work. Thomas was awesome in his 20 minutes of action on Thursday, scoring 15 points with four rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers. He also had a plus-22 in those 20 minutes, but the Kings don't need him, right? Anyway, the Pizza Guy is worth a look in the late-middle rounds.
Oct 17 - 12:51 AM

Marcus Morris is expected to start at small forward on opening night.

It will only be temporary with P.J. Tucker suspended for the first three games. Morris can play both forward positions and should get minutes in the low 20s even while the team is at 100 percent. He'll be an interesting plug-n-play option on opening night after owning the Lakers last season.
Oct 16 - 7:01 PM

Anthony Tolliver will get the start for the Suns' preseason game on Thursday.

Tolliver played 18 minute in his preseason debut, scoring 10 points and grabbing two boards. He missed some time this preseason with a cut on his finger, but now he is starting in the preseason and further cementing a rotation role in Phoenix. He will likely fill a stretch-four role of the bench and is not worth targeting in fantasy drafts.
Oct 16 - 6:40 PM

Shavlik Randolph (knee) will not play in the Suns' preseason game on Thursday against the Spurs.

His absence, long-term or otherwise, is not detrimental to the Suns roster. His role will simply be to add depth to an already strong Phoenix team, thus limiting his fantasy relevance.
Oct 16 - 3:00 PM

Zoran Dragic (visa) will not play Thursday against the Spurs.

He is simply finalizing his visa and is not in danger of missing any more time. Zoran signed a two-year, $4 million dollar deal with the Suns this offseason.
Oct 16 - 2:42 PM
Alex Len - C - Suns

Alex Len (finger) will not play in the Suns' preseason game against the Spurs on Thursday.

Suns coach Jeff Hornacek did say that he was cleared to start working out, so there is a bit of optimism for the second-year big man. Len's inability to stay healthy is well documented and will keep him off fantasy radars for the time being.
Oct 16 - 2:23 PM
Alex Len - C - Suns

Alex Len (finger) was back on the practice court on Thursday.

He had his right pinkie taped and is not likely at 100 percent yet. Len hasn't been able to stay healthy in two summer leagues, two training camps and missed time last year in his rookie season. He's too risky to draft in almost any league despite some optimistic comments from the team.
Oct 16 - 1:56 PM


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