Player News - Suns

Date: Team: Pos:
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.
Source: NBA.com
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

Dragan Bender could see time at small forward while P.J. Tucker (back) is out.

This makes sense because the 7'1" Bender actually made some starts at small forward in Summer League and coach Earl Watson even called him a "small forward with power forward potential." He's arguably the most raw lottery pick in the draft and he really lacks a post presence. If he can thrive in the role and T.J. Warren isn't quite up to speed from his foot rehab, maybe Bender can find minutes there during the season. He's still a Dynasty only target for now.
Sep 15 - 9:38 PM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

P.J. Tucker underwent a lower back microdiscectomy procedure on Thursday, and he's expected to miss the next 6-8 weeks of action.

That means that Tucker will miss all of training camp and the preseason, and his absence could extend into the first few weeks of the regular season. T.J. Warren will likely slide into the starting small forward spot while Tucker is on the sidelines, and Devin Booker may be able to earn some minutes at the three as well. Tucker only managed to contribute averages of 8.0 points, 6.2 boards and 1.3 steals on 41.1 percent shooting last season, and with his status for opening night now up in the air, he's not a great guy to target in standard settings.
Sep 15 - 4:12 PM

T.J. Warren (foot) has announced that he has been cleared to return to the court.

Warren took to Twitter to announce he's been cleared to return to the court, so it sounds like he'll be ready to go for training camp after having surgery in February. Warren won't head into the season with much standard league fantasy value but he's worth a look in deeper leagues.
Sep 15 - 10:43 AM

DeJuan Blair has officially signed a contract with Jiangsu Tonxi of China.

At 27 years old, Blair could potentially make his way back into the NBA at some point, but he's never been a factor in fantasy hoops.
Sep 7 - 12:21 PM

DeJuan Blair is close to signing a deal with Jiangsu Tonxi in China, according to Beijing Youth Daily.

Blair finished the 2015-16 season as a free agent and will head to China in an attempt to rebuild his value for an NBA return. While Blair could return to the NBA after the Chinese season ends in February, the 27-year-old wouldn't have any fantasy value as a bench player.
Source: Sportando
Sep 6 - 9:09 AM


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