Player News - Suns

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Josh Jackson doesn't think he'll be included in a trade package that would net the Suns Kyrie Irving.

"I think if that was going to happen, it would’ve happened by now," Jackson said when asked about the rumors that have involved him and Irving. "A little talking to my agent, not really checking social media because that’s not the way to go. People just say whatever." There's still plenty of time for such a deal to go through, and it's worth noting that Jackson hasn't been told by the Suns' brass that he definitely won't be traded, but there have been reports indicating it'll be very tough for Cleveland to pry Jackson away from Phoenix this summer.
Aug 13 - 4:37 PM

The Suns could offer Dragan Bender in a trade for Kyrie Irving, according to Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN in Minnesota.

Phoenix radio host John Gambadoro also confirmed this report, saying the offer is "not new" and that the Suns are willing to deal Bender, Eric Bledsoe and the Miami pick for Irving. Bender is more of a project and his ankle injury last season limited him to just 13.3 minutes per game over his 43 outings. While he did have a good summer league, Bender is behind fellow top-10 2016 pick Marquese Chriss right now.
Source: 1500 ESPN
Aug 4 - 3:29 PM

The Suns would be willing to trade Eric Bledsoe to Cleveland as part of a deal for Kyrie Irving, according to Terry Pluto of Cleveland.com.

The report also claims that Phoenix would include Bledsoe in a package even if Irving wasn't willing to commit to the Suns long term. However, Phoenix does not want to part with rookie Josh Jackson. The Cavs obviously have a great interest in Devin Booker as well, but Booker is "as close to untouchable as anyone on the Suns' roster." Bledsoe is good friends with LeBron James, as the two share the same agent and often work out together, so the Suns will continue to be one of the teams mentioned as a possible trade partner.
Aug 4 - 10:05 AM

Devin Booker has been informed by the Suns that he won't be part of any potential deal for Kyrie Irving according to Joe Vardon of the Cleveland Plain Dealer

The 20-year-old star is likely the only untouchable on the roster other than Josh Jackson -- the Suns told Jackson that he won't be moved either. Booker's usage rate would take a hit if the Suns brought in Irving, but his efficiency would likely improve after shooting 42.3 percent from the field in both his rookie and sophomore seasons.
Jul 30 - 10:34 AM

Dragan Bender will play for Croatia at Eurobasket 2017.

He was terrific in Las Vegas and showed plenty of position flexibility. Bender's ankle injury cut his rookie season short, but he should be a key player to watch for a stacked Croatian team. He should be in the rotation for the Suns and is a late-round sleeper in deep leagues.
Jul 29 - 7:07 PM

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


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