Player News - Suns

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Markieff Morris and twin brother Marcus Morris have been charged with felony aggravated assault following an incident on January 24 at a local recreation center in Phoenix, Arizona.

The Morris twins and three other men allegedly assaulted 36-year-old Erik Hood at the Nin Mason Pulliam Recreation Center after a he sent "an inappropriate text message" to the Morris twins' mother, and their first court appearance is scheduled for May 7. These are some serious charges that the Morris twins are facing, and under Arizona law, aggravated assault can carry a sentence of 5-15 years in prison. Needless to say, this is a story we'll be following very closely this offseason.
Source: ESPN
Apr 21 - 4:49 PM

Gerald Green is hoping to re-sign with the Suns this offseason.

"I do want to come back," he said. "I think they do want me back, too ... I just talked to Lon (Babby, president of basketball operations). It was a good conversation so I'm a little positive about that." Green had some ugly public back-and-forths with the Suns toward the end of the year about playing time, so it wouldn't be a surprise if he heads for greener pastures.
Apr 20 - 11:14 AM

Danny Granger is undecided about picking up his player option for next season.

Granger will spend the summer working with the Suns training staff in an attempt to get himself healthy, and it's hard to envision Granger earning the $2.1 million he's slated to make if he does indeed opt out.
Apr 20 - 11:12 AM

Suns president of basketball operations Lon Babby said that Brandon Knight's arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle "was a minor procedure".

"It was a minor procedure," Babby said. "There was an anterior flap [of cartilage] in his ankle that caused irritation. We expect a full recovery." This confirms what we originally thought, and while there is no known timetable, Knight likely won't be on the shelf for more than 3-4 weeks. Knight is set to become a restricted free agent this summer, but all signs point to the Suns retaining his services. We will provide additional updates as needed.
Apr 19 - 11:41 AM

Brandon Knight underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle on Friday and he is expected to make a full recovery.

We don't have many details on the surgery, but it's likely a minor procedure and he will probably be on the shelf for about 3-4 weeks. Knight missed the final 11 games of the season because of his ankle, so it will be interesting to see if this has an impact on his market during restricted free agency. Knight is "optimistic" about returning to Phoenix, and it seems unlikely that they would let him walk after giving up so many assets to acquire him this season. We will provide further details as soon as we know more.
Apr 18 - 1:15 PM

Brandon Knight said he was "optimistic" about returning to Phoenix next season.

"If it can be quick and easy, that's the best thing," Knight said regarding his impending restricted free agency. "You don't want to go through a fight or anything like that or you don't want to drag it out as well. Definitely don't want anything that leads up to training camp. For me, it's just about doing what's best for me and my family and the Suns will do the same. I'm optimistic about the situation. I like it here." Given that the Suns gave up a first-round pick in addition to Tyler Ennis and Miles Plumlee, it would seem likely they do what they can to match any offers on Knight.
Apr 16 - 8:24 PM

Suns rookie T.J. Warren scored 10 points on 5-of-12 shooting in his first NBA start on Tuesday, adding three rebounds, six assists, one steal and only one turnover in 43 minutes.

Warren didn't attempt any 3-pointers or get to the free throw line, and he only started because Marcus Morris was out with the flu. This will be the mediocre note Warren ends his season on, as the Suns are one of two teams that don't play on Wednesday, but we'll keep a close eye on him as Phoenix re-shapes their roster this summer.
Apr 15 - 1:41 AM

Markieff Morris contributed 14 points, nine rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block in 30 minutes during a losing effort on Tuesday.

Markieff is the only Suns' player to appear in all 82 games this season and his durability helped him maintain top-70 fantasy value despite a lengthy mid-season slump. The Suns' record tanked once they traded away Isaiah Thomas and acquired Brandon Knight, leaving them a minimum of 4.5 games outside of the playoff hunt. Better luck next year.
Apr 15 - 1:38 AM

Archie Goodwin made another fill-in start for the Suns on Tuesday, finishing a loss to the visiting Clippers with 18 points, two 3-pointers, three rebounds and three assists in 32 minutes.

Goodwin shot 6-of-11 from the field and the only negatives were 4-of-7 free throws and a game-high five turnovers. His upside may be capped if both Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight are healthy for Phoenix in 2015-16, but Goodwin has at least emerged as a legitimate 'watch' candidate heading into next year's fantasy drafts -- especially if Knight goes elsewhere as a restricted free agent.
Apr 15 - 1:36 AM

T.J. Warren will make his first career start on Tuesday, taking over the small forward job in place of Marcus Morris (flu).

Warren is averaging 7.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.0 steals in 23 minutes per game in April, and is an intriguing plug-and-play option with the Suns down to nine healthy players.
Apr 14 - 9:50 PM

Reggie Bullock (concussion) will not play vs. the Clippers on Tuesday.

He was a game-time decision but hasn't yet cleared the NBA's concussion protocol, so he'll watch from the sidelines as the Suns wrap up their 2014-15 season. Phoenix has nine healthy players with Marcus Morris (flu) also out of commission, so they'll need to give extra playing time to P.J. Tucker, Archie Goodwin, T.J. Warren and Gerald Green.
Apr 14 - 9:49 PM

Marcus Morris (flu) will not play vs. the Clippers on Tuesday.

The Suns are exceedingly short-handed with an injury report that includes Morris, Brandan Wright, Alex Len, Marcus Thornton and Brandon Knight. Morris' absence opens up more playing time for Gerald Green, P.J. Tucker and T.J. Warren.
Apr 14 - 8:51 PM

Reggie Bullock (concussion) is being listed as questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Clippers.

Bullock has been nearly invisible since landing in Phoenix, with all his season averages on the right side of the decimal point. It's unlikely he'll clear the league's concussion protocol in time for tonight's game, so it'll likely be P.J. Tucker and Marcus Morris splitting his reserve minutes. Tucker can be viewed as a low-end option in daily leagues.
Apr 14 - 3:32 PM

Marcus Thornton (toe) will not play Tuesday against the Clippers.

He's not a major rotation player for the Suns, so this news has little consequence for fantasy owners. Gerald Green will have the opportunity for extended minutes, and he's worth a look in daily leagues.
Apr 14 - 3:30 PM

Brandon Knight (ankle) will not suit up for Tuesday's game vs. the Clippers.

Knight was playing like an All-Star in Milwaukee, but his numbers took a pretty big hit when he was forced to play second-fiddle next to Eric Bledsoe in Phoenix. He'll be a restricted free agent when the offseason hits, and it'll be interesting to see how high Phoenix will go to retain him. Eric Bledsoe, Gerald Green, and Archie Goodwin will pick up most of the backcourt minutes tonight, and Green is certainly someone to consider as a cheap plug-and-play option in daily leagues.
Apr 14 - 3:21 PM

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