Player News - Suns

Date: Team: Pos:

The Suns are now discussing trade possibilities for restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe, according to Jude LaCava of FOX Phoenix.

"The Suns are now discussing trade possibilities for Eric Bledsoe," LaCava said. "That’s the new chapter to this and I wouldn’t back off of that information. I think it’s 100 percent correct." Things obviously aren't great with the Suns and Bledsoe, so it's not a surprise to hear they are looking to deal him. It doesn't look like this story will end any time soon.
Aug 20 - 3:44 PM

Free agent Leandro Barbosa, who is playing for Brazil in the FIBA World Cup, is "one of several veterans the Heat are considering."

No deal is imminent and teams are probably content to watch Barbosa throughout the World Cup before committing any guaranteed salary to the 31-year-old guard, especially since he's coming off another injury-plagued season.
Aug 19 - 5:19 PM

Markieff Morris, and twin brother Marcus Morris, would like to continue playing together throughout their careers.

"It's a unique situation," Marcus said. "We're just trying to do enough so teams can see us as players, as players, and as a tandem... That was our dream growing up - it's our life dream to play with each other in the NBA." Both the twins’ rookie deals expire following the 2014-15 season, so it'll be interesting to see if the two are broken up via free agency. But for now, they can enjoy their time together playing in Phoenix.
Source: philly.com
Aug 17 - 10:41 AM

Leandro Barbosa hopes to use the FIBA World Cup to prove that he is healthy, and elevate his value as a free agent.

"I don’t know what owners think about the World Cup, but hopefully I do a great job over there and a team sees," Barbosa said. "I feel healthy and my body is feeling healthy. If I have free agency in my mind, I won’t be able to be myself on the court. Hopefully, I sign a contract and I’ll be happy." Barbosa's best days are behind him, so even if he strikes a deal with a team this offseason, he’s not someone to target in standard leagues.
Source: realgm.com
Aug 17 - 9:38 AM

Isaiah Thomas underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left wrist on Thursday.

The news of Thomas' surgery comes as a bit of a surprise, but the team fully expects him to be ready for training camp. His playing time is going to take a hit if Eric Bledsoe sticks around, but he has been productive in lower-minute roles in the past so don't completely write him off.
Aug 14 - 2:59 PM

Isaiah Thomas scored 47 points in a Pro-Am event at a Seattle YMCA on Monday.

He shot 17-of-28 from the field with seven 3-pointers in the game, and this was his second Pro Am game with 47 points. Thomas is likely looking at a bench role with the Suns next season, but has shown the ability to be productive with lower minutes. Whether or not he can be a difference-maker will come down to Eric Bledsoe's status with the team, which should be figured out soon.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 12 - 9:00 PM

The relationship between the Suns and restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe has "soured," according to USA Today.

The report adds that Bledsoe is "strongly" considering signing the Suns' qualifying offer of $3.7 million. There's no doubt that Bledsoe has looked great on the court as the starter, but the small sample size and two meniscus tears have kept the Suns from offering him a max deal. The team has reportedly offered him a four-year, $48 million deal, but it would appear he'll just take the qualifying offer and become an unrestricted free agent next summer.
Source: USA Today
Aug 12 - 7:33 PM

Unrestricted free agent Emeka Okafor (herniated disc) may miss the first few months of the 2014-15 season, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.

This isn't a confirmed medical report but Okafor's timetable remains opaque, and the fact that he's still unsigned suggests teams are leery about his health. Hopefully the veteran will make a full recovery and return as a productive backup center, but his days as a fantasy asset may be gone for good.
Aug 12 - 6:42 PM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

The NBA has suspended P.J. Tucker for three games after he pled guilty to a 'super extreme' DUI.

The Suns were aware of Tucker's DUI prior to giving him a three-year, $16.5 million contract this summer, and they'll have to make do without their starting SF for the season's first three games. Rookie T.J. Warren may be thrown into the fire on opening night, but he projects as Tucker's backup when the Suns are at full strength.
Aug 12 - 3:06 PM

Alec Brown (shoulder) is planning to play in Spain for the 2014-15 season.

The Suns' second-round pick is planning to play for Obradoiro in the Spanish League once he finishes rehabilitation on his left shoulder that he dislocated during Summer League. He had surgery on July 24 and is expected to resume basketball activity in late October or November. The Suns still retain rights to the seven-footer, but he won't have any relevance in fantasy circles for the 2014-15 season.
Aug 12 - 11:27 AM

Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver said the team still wants to sign Eric Bledsoe to a long-term deal.

Bledsoe has yet to receive the max offer he's seeking from the Suns or another team and is facing limited options with training camp just around the corner. "We value Eric as a player," Sarver said. "I hope at some point we'll be able to sit down and meet with those guys and make a deal." If Bledsoe doesn't want to sign the four-year, $48 million offer from the Suns that is on the table, he could sign a one-year, $3.7 million qualifying offer by October 1 that would make him an unrestricted free agent after the season.
Aug 12 - 9:54 AM

The Pacers reportedly offered Roy Hibbert, Chris Copeland, and some cash for Goran Dragic.

The move makes sense for Indiana after likely losing Paul George for the entire 2014-15 season, but Phoenix probably couldn't contain their laughter. Dragic added that Phoenix is not interested in taking the deal. As of right now, it appears that nothing is imminent.
Source: ekipa24.si
Aug 10 - 12:49 PM

Suns sign F T.J. Warren.

He was on the second team for Las Vegas Summer League and he showed his style of play at NC State could translate to the NBA. Warren is going to start the season as P.J. Tucker's backup, but he could crack the starting lineup with Tucker possibly being suspended for a DUI charge. If he develops a 3-point shot, he could become a terrific scorer and fantasy asset in a couple seasons.
Aug 8 - 1:15 PM

Suns sign G Tyler Ennis.

He had a disastrous Las Vegas Summer League, so the first-round pick would really have to step it up in training camp to even stay on the team and not start his career in the D-League. Ennis would need a lot to work in his favor to get some minutes. He's off the fantasy radar.
Aug 8 - 12:36 PM

Four anonymous NBA executives told The Arizona Republic that they don't think Eric Bledsoe deserves a maximum contract right now.

The restricted free agent has turned down a four-year, $48 million offer from the Suns in the hopes of landing a max deal with the Suns or another team. "He expected way too much," one executive said. "I'd love to have him, but he's not a max player. All it takes is one team, but one team hasn't made him an offer sheet." Absent of an offer from another team, the Suns hold most of the cards here so there's a good chance we see Bledsoe back in a Suns uniform for the 2014-15 season.
Aug 5 - 10:54 AM


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