Player News - Suns

Date: Team: Pos:

Eric Bledsoe said the Suns are using rules against him in an interview with FOX Birmingham.

It's a surprise that we're almost in August and Bledsoe hasn't come to terms or even signed an offer sheet with another team. While there isn't much of a body of work for Bledsoe, he still looks like a max-type guy based on the offers to Chandler Parsons and Gordon Hayward. There should be some progress in the next couple days or so.
Jul 26 - 4:26 PM

The Phoenix Suns waived Dionte Christmas on Thursday.

Christmas has bounced around between the NBA and Euro-league play the past few seasons. He appeared in 27 games for the Suns last in 2013-2014, averaging only 2.3 points on 35.5 percent shooting. Considering he already has overseas experience, he may look to take his talents abroad if he does not earn a roster spot in the NBA.
Jul 24 - 4:47 PM

The Phoenix Suns have been impressed with first-round pick T.J. Warren's play.

Warren was named to the All-NBA Summer League Second Team after averaging 17.8 points per game on 54.4 percent shooting from the field. "We’d hoped he’d be able to translate his efficient scoring from college to the NBA and it certainly did look like it did translate," Suns general manager Ryan McDonough said. Even though the Suns are excited about Warren, he'll be coming off the bench to start the season and won't provide much fantasy value.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 24 - 1:49 PM
P.J. Tucker - G/F - Suns

Suns sign G/F P.J. Tucker.

It's a great signing for the Suns at three years for $16.5 million. Tucker had a breakout offensive season last year, averaging a career-high 9.4 points, 6.5 boards, 1.7 assists and 0.9 triples. He saw 30.7 minutes per game last season, but that number may come down a bit given how well rookie T.J. Warren fared in Las Vegas.
Jul 23 - 8:39 PM

The Phoenix Suns expect restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe to be part of the team when the 2014-15 season begins.

While the Suns haven't been able to find middle ground with Bledsoe and his representatives, the 24-year-old hasn't signed an offer sheet with another team either. Bledsoe could ultimately decide to accept his $3.7 million qualifying offer and become an unrestricted free agent after the 2014-15 season, but the Suns are envisioning a three-headed backcourt monster of Isaiah Thomas, Goran Dragic, and Bledsoe that would make fantasy owners salivate. "We expect Goran and Eric and Isaiah to be pushing the ball up the court like they did last year," Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said.
Jul 22 - 9:49 AM

Isaiah Thomas told media during Monday's introductory press conference that he decided to sign with Phoenix because they made him "feel wanted."

"I wanted to feel wanted. They brought me in and liked me for being me," said Thomas. "They want me and I want to be here." That's probably a very nice feeling for Thomas after spending the past three seasons with an organization that never really wanted him. Thomas will bring a potent scoring punch to the second unit in Phoenix, or he could become a starter if restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe leaves via free agency. Either way, Thomas should be able to provide solid value with whatever role he holds in Phoenix’s high-octane offense.
Jul 21 - 3:32 PM

Newly signed Phoenix guard Isaiah Thomas put up 47 points at the annual Pro-Am in Seattle.

The numbers NBA stars put up at these games are largely meaningless as no one really plays tough defense, but 47 points is still 47 points. Click the link below if you'd like to see some of IT2's impressive highlights from his Pro-Am debut.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 21 - 2:59 PM

T.J. Warren, Rudy Gobert, Tim Hardaway Jr., Russ Smith and Jordan McRae were named to the Samsung All-NBA Summer League Second Team.

Warren was one of the more well-rounded scorers in the tournament and was taking great shots all week. He said that he would like to work on his perimeter game a little, but really likes attacking the basket. He figures to be slotted in behind P.J. Tucker and will have to earn his minutes. Although, the Suns did play him at power forward and center at summer league, so that could help him.
Jul 21 - 9:25 AM

Alec Brown suffered a dislocated left shoulder vs. the Mavericks on Friday.

His injury didn't look good and he was grabbing the outside of his shoulder as he went to the locker room. Brown's injury will likely keep him sidelined for multiple weeks.
Jul 18 - 5:16 PM

Alec Brown suffered an apparent left shoulder injury on Friday.

He was in some pain and was escorted back to the locker room. Brown started off his summer league on a bad note, missing his first 11 shots from the field, but he's looked a litter better.
Jul 18 - 4:14 PM

Bledsoe is seeking a 5-year $80 million max deal from the Suns, according to Chris Broussard of ESPN.

Broussard also reports that the Suns offered Bledsoe a 4-year, $48 million deal. The two sides are very far apart in negotiations and it appears a strong offer sheet for the restricted free agent may be enough to steal him away from Phoenix. The team recently signed Isaiah Thomas to a long-term deal, so a Bledsoe departure would not come as a shock.
Jul 17 - 6:47 PM

Eric Bledsoe and the Phoenix Suns are still far apart in contract talks, according to sources close to the situation.

While the Suns' promise to match any offers on the 24-year-old has scared some teams off, there is growing belief that Phoenix may move on from Bledsoe after acquiring Isaiah Thomas. Bledsoe is reportedly looking for a max contract after averaging 17.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 5.5 assists, and 1.6 steals per game during the 2013-14 season and will be one of the better fantasy point guards options in 2014-15 regardless of where he lands.
Source: ESPN
Jul 17 - 12:55 PM

The Phoenix Suns and Anthony Tolliver have agreed on a 2-year, $6 million contract.

"It’s a great opportunity for me," Tolliver said. "With a great nucleus of young players, and the respect I have for Ryan [McDonough], Jeff Hornacek and the entire organization, it’s a perfect situation." Tolliver has been a journeyman so far in his NBA career as this will be his seventh team in as many seasons in the NBA. He shot a career-high 41.3 percent from beyond the arc last season and will provide quality depth for the Suns.
Source: RealGM.com
Jul 16 - 9:46 AM

T.J. Warren played with four stitches on his face on Tuesday, shooting 12-of-22 from the field for 28 points with 11 boards, one assist and one turnover in 32 minutes.

He is scoring in bunches and is getting almost whatever he wants. Warren will likely get some minutes behind P.J. Tucker, but is unlikely to be a big factor for the Suns off the bat.
Jul 15 - 10:04 PM

T.J. Warren needed four stitches due to an elbow to the face on Sunday.

He wasn't able to build off his 22-point game in the opener. Warren has been a factor in summer league and been able to get to the rim, so he'll likely compete for minutes on the wing.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 14 - 4:16 PM


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