Player News - Suns

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Jared Dudley underwent a left toe ligament and bone procedure and is expected to be sidelined for 3-4 months.

This means Dudley could miss training camp and potentially the start of the 2017-18 season. Dudley has two years on his deal with Phoenix, but with the Suns rebuilding, he will likely be more of a locker room guy again in 2017-18. He averaged 6.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.2 3-pointers in 21.3 minutes per game last season, so fantasy owners can plan on ignoring him in most formats.
Jun 27 - 7:55 PM

Tyler Ulis (right ankle surgery) has progressed to getting up set shots and doing light running.

Ulis won't be available for summer league, but he's fully expected to be 100 percent by training camp. Ulis played well after the break last year when Eric Bledsoe got shutdown, but as long as Bledsoe is healthy and in Phoenix, Ulis won't be playing enough minutes to make a difference in most leagues.
Jun 27 - 5:18 PM

The Suns have extended a qualifying offer to Alan Williams, making him a restricted free agent.

This was an easy decision for Phoenix to make after Williams' mini-bust out after the All-Star break this past season when he put in averages of 11.0 points, 8.9 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per contest on 51.4 percent shooting. It'll be interesting to see what kind of offers Williams sees on the open market, but if he remains in Phoenix and the Suns open the year with Alex Len and Tyson Chandler on the roster, it'll be difficult for Williams to crack the standard league equation.
Source: Real GM
Jun 27 - 3:21 PM
Alex Len - F/C - Suns

The Suns have extended a qualifying offer to Alex Len, making him a restricted free agent.

The Suns will now be able to match any offer that Len receives on the open market this offseason, and they also can offer him the most money during free agency. Len has been consistently inconsistent throughout his career thus far, so he's not really on the standard league radar at the moment.
Source: Real GM
Jun 27 - 3:18 PM

The Suns are convinced they can play T.J. Warren next to Josh Jackson.

This isn't surprising to hear and coach Earl Watson said he thinks Jackson can play all five positions. Tucker has also played shooting guard, small forward and power forward with the Suns, so it makes sense on his end. However, it may be tough to start both with Devin Booker, Eric Bledsoe, Marquese Chriss and whoever they start at center as four of their starting five. It could make sense to bring Warren off the bench, which would hurt his fantasy value.
Jun 23 - 11:07 PM

Coach Earl Watson believes Josh Jackson can play all five positions for the Suns.

The quotes were flying in Phoenix on Friday. The 6'8" forward also threw his hat in the ring for Player Hater of the Year. "Oh I'm gonna hate everybody but the Phoenix Suns, don't worry," Jackson said. Also, the Celtics may also not like Jackson because general manager Ryan McDonough hinted that he and Jackson's people formulated a plan to skip the workout for the Celtics "playing by the rules." In other words, it sounds like Jackson preferred to go to Phoenix because of his playing time on a young team rather than go to a team where he knew he'd be down the depth chart. Expect Jackson to get 24-30 minutes out of the gate and make a fantasy impact.
Jun 23 - 9:34 PM

The Suns' No. 54 pick was used on Valparaiso PF Alec Peters.

Peters played four seasons in the NCAA and he was outstanding on his way to the Horizon Player of the Year, averaging 23.0 points, 10.1 boards, 2.2 assists, 0.4 blocks and 2.0 treys on a 60.8 true shooting percentage. However, his season ended on a down note with a stress fracture to his right leg and he wasn’t able to do much at the Draft Combine, but he did register a 6’11" wingspan with his 6’10" height. Phoenix has too many young, talented forwards to expect much from Peters this year.
Jun 23 - 12:09 AM

The Suns selected Miama guard Davon Reed with the No. 32 pick.

A 6’6" wing out of Miami, Reed averaged 14.9 points, 4.8 boards, 2.4 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.4 triples on 43.3 percent shooting as a senior. Reed was projected to be a late second-round pick, but his age was likely a factor. He boasts a 7'0" wingspan and projects to be a 3-and-D player at the NBA level -- he shot 39.7 percent from deep and made the All-ACC Defensive Team. With the Suns rebuilding, Reed could see some minutes off the bench behind Devin Booker and T.J. Warren during his rookie season.
Jun 22 - 11:02 PM

The Suns drafted small forward Josh Jackson out of Kansas with the No. 4 pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday.

The Jayhawk was widely viewed as the best high school recruit last year thanks to his 6’8" size and explosive style of play. Jackson could eventually grow into a small-ball four, but he will need to be a better screener and likely put weight on his 203-pound body. Jackson did make just 56.6 percent of his free throws last year, but he was able to knock down 37.8 percent of treys and 38.1 percent of his jump shots. He'll have to compete with guys like T.J. Warren and Derrick Jones Jr. for playing time in Phoenix, which will likely dampen his fantasy potential in his rookie season.
Jun 22 - 8:01 PM

The Suns and Bulls have reportedly discussed a trade involving Eric Bledsoe and the No. 16 pick.

It's unclear what the Bulls would be giving up in this scenario, and we've heard enough variations on this theme to be skeptical -- less than an hour ago it was reported that Chicago was "looking at other things [than the Suns offers] for now." Bledsoe has also been linked to the Nuggets in a package for Emmanuel Mudiay and a draft pick, so there are multiple scenarios in play.
Jun 22 - 7:04 PM

Marquese Chriss has come up in trade discussions in a potential deal for Kristaps Porzingis, sources told ESPN's Ian Begley.

Begley makes it sounds like the Suns have made varying offers, so it's not necessarily the case that Chriss, Dragan Bender and the No. 4 pick—all of which have reportedly been on the table—have all been presented as a package deal. Nonetheless, no agreement is close and time is working against interested suitors in their desire to chase The Unicorn.
Jun 22 - 6:57 PM

The Suns reportedly have no trades planned involving the No. 4 pick, according to David Aldridge.

The Suns reportedly discussed including the pick in a three-team deal, or possibly packaging the pick with Eric Bledsoe for a star player, but it doesn't look as though that will happen. If Phoenix does keep the pick, they'll have plenty of talent to choose from.
Jun 22 - 6:41 PM

The Suns have reportedly talked to the Bulls about a trade involving Eric Bledsoe, but Chicago is "looking at other things for now."

Phoenix may be trying to package Bledsoe with the No. 4 pick to acquire a big-name player, according to Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times. It doesn't sound like the Bulls would part with Jimmy Butler for that package, but the Suns are looking at a variety of options involving Bledsoe -- they've also discussed a deal that would send Bledsoe to Denver in exchange for Emmanuel Mudiay and the No. 13 pick.
Jun 22 - 6:18 PM

The Suns have reportedly spoken to the Pelicans about a trade involving Jared Dudley, likely in exchange for second-round picks.

New Orleans holds the No. 40 pick, in addition to the No. 52 pick they acquired from the Wizards for Tim Frazier. Dudley would give the Pelicans an alternative to guys like Solomon Hill, Quincy Pondexter and Dante Cunningham, but it's obviously not a given that this deal will come to fruition.
Jun 22 - 5:36 PM

The Suns won't be including Devin Booker in any deal with the Knicks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

The Suns are at a bit of a crossroads this year, but Booker is basically untouchable. There was some talk they were not going to go after anyone until 2018-19, but they have plenty of assets to make a splash, assuming the right deal falls into their laps. Booker made it clear he's their franchise player and will have more responsibility next year. Obviously there's the 70-point gem, but Booker also flirted with five assists per game after the break.
Jun 22 - 10:16 AM


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