Player News - Suns

Date: Team: Pos:

Coach Earl Watson said Marquese Chriss is going to bring a "wow factor" to the Suns immediately.

"When you see how much better he can get and not really playing at a high level for so long, it’s going to get you excited," Watson said. "But it’s up to us to teach him, to be disciplined with him and understand the program is the program. He has to come and to work and he understands being professional." It sure sounds like Watson knows Chriss is going to be a lot of work in the early going. The University of Washington product may get more minutes than Dragan Bender out of the gate, but expect him to start his career slowly.
Jun 24 - 6:54 PM

General manager Ryan McDonough said Dragan Bender has "that magic feel" with the basketball.

The sample is pretty small on Bender, who played just 10.6 minutes per game last year. He did look unbelievable in the Under-18 European Championship, posting a 34-point, 14-board game against Lithuania a couple years ago. The upside is huge, but it might be a few years before he's making a noteworthy impact in fantasy.
Jun 24 - 5:09 PM

The Phoenix Suns have selected Tyler Ulis with the No. 34 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

Size is the big knock on Ulis at just 5’10" and 149 pounds, but he was decent at the rim with a 57.8 field goal percentage at that range. He was one of the best passers in his sophomore season, averaging 7.0 dimes with only 2.0 turnovers per outing in 36.8 minutes per game. A reported "significant" hip issue likely hurt his draft stock a bit, and it's to be determined if he'll need a surgical procedure to correct the injury. It's an interesting pick from the Suns, a team that previously gave up on another "small point guard" in All-Star Isaiah Thomas.
Jun 23 - 11:16 PM

The Kings selected Marquese Chriss with the No. 8 pick, but immediately traded him to the Suns in exchange for Bogdan Bogdanovic, the No. 13 pick, the No. 28 pick and a 2020 second-round pick.

He won’t turn 19 until next week, so Chriss is one of the most raw top prospects out there. The 6’10" Washington product played 24.9 minutes per game, averaging 13.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.6 blocks with a 53.1 field goal percentage. He also has a solid perimeter game and could emerge as a very strong option as a stretch four. The Suns selected Dragan Bender with the fourth pick, so Phoenix now has two intriguing young power forwards to rebuild around. As of right now, Bender and Chriss are the only power forwards on the Phoenix roster, so they should get some minutes right away.
Jun 23 - 8:29 PM

The Suns selected Dragan Bender with the No. 4 pick in the draft.

One of the mystery men of the draft with an attractive upside. He comes to a team with a major hole at power forward, but he is extremely raw and it could take a while for him to figure out the NBA. Bender is 7’1", but he almost plays more like a small forward. At Maccabi Tel Aviv last year, he averaged just 2.1 points in 10.6 minutes per game. The Croatian big man does have some terrific range with a 39.2 three-point percentage in the Israeli League. Despite being a seven-footer, Bender’s post game needs some work on both ends. He's going to have a tough time putting up value in standard leagues in his first season.
Jun 23 - 8:00 PM

The Suns were presumed to be focused on Marquese Chriss, but are "giving increasing consideration" to Dragan Bender at No. 4, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com.

This news comes on the heels of the Celtics not considering Bender at No. 3. The Suns need a power forward more than any team in the NBA, so they will almost certainly be going with one of these two guys. They also could look to deal the pick.
Jun 23 - 6:29 PM

The Celtics have reportedly ruled out drafting Dragan Bender with the No. 3 overall pick.

Bender has also worked out with the Suns (No. 4) and Timberwolves (No. 5), though those teams might be favoring Marquese Chriss and Buddy Hield, respectively. It's possible that Bender will fall to a team like the Nuggets at No. 7, but we'll know for sure in the next few hours.
Jun 23 - 6:22 PM

The Suns reportedly are leaning towards taking Marquese Chriss with the No. 4 overall selection in the 2016 NBA Draft.

The Suns were the only team that Chriss worked out for, and he reportedly impressed during his workout. Dragan Bender is also rumored to be in consideration to go No. 4 overall, so Phoenix is clearly looking for a power forward in this year's draft. Chriss is a highly athletic four, who could slide over to the three, while Bender will likely take some time to develop and is more of a stretch-four or undersized five.
Jun 23 - 4:20 PM

The Phoenix Suns are open to moving either Brandon Knight or Eric Bledsoe, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

The emergence of Devin Booker will make for a crowded Suns backcourt, so it makes a lot of sense for Phoenix to explore a trade for Knight or Bledsoe. A trade of either veteran would give a fantasy value boost both Booker and the one of the two guards who isn't traded, but we may not see a deal come to fruition until closer to the draft (if at all).
Jun 23 - 11:23 AM

Eric Bledsoe (knee) has resumed basketball activities and has a goal to be 100 percent for training camp.

"I feel like I should be doing more, but it’ll be a long season next year, so right now I’m just preparing my body," Bledsoe said. His name has come up in trade rumors lately, but it would be surprising to see him traded on Thursday. When healthy, he's one of the better point guards out there and flirted with first-round value in standard leagues before his season-ending meniscus tear.
Source: NBA.com
Jun 22 - 6:19 PM

The Suns may look to trade away Eric Bledsoe this offseason.

The Suns have a strange collection of up-and-coming talent and various players that are in win-now mode, so they may choose to just accept another rebuild and trade away guys like Bledsoe and Tyson Chandler. Phoenix currently owns the No. 4 overall selection in the upcoming draft, and they reportedly have interest in taking Kris Dunn with that pick, which would give them yet another point guard. Bledsoe's value isn't very high right now, as he's coming off his third knee surgery, but he is making solid progress and current reports state he'll be ready for training camp.
Jun 22 - 2:03 PM

Dragan Bender has worked out for the Suns, Celtics and Timberwolves.

Most mocks have Bender going somewhere within the top-8 on draft day, but it's unlikely that the Celtics take him No. 3 overall. Bender was also scouted by the Lakers, Nuggets, Spurs and Pelicans while he was in Israel, and the Nuggets might be the most realistic landing spot for him. Bender has a ton of upside, although he also has a frail frame and is lacking in experience. The 18-year-old will likely take a few years to develop, so he won't be worth drafting in standard re-draft formats.
Source: ESPN
Jun 22 - 1:11 PM

The Suns worked out Marquese Chriss and Dragan Bender this weekend.

The Suns don't have any power forwards under contract for next season, so Chriss and Bender should get a long look if they're available at No. 4. The Suns also worked out Denzel Valentine, Deyonta Davis and Timothe Luwawu, but those players will likely be available when the Suns are on the clock with the No. 13 pick.
Jun 19 - 12:25 PM

Cory Jefferson will join the Cavs Summer League team in July.

He did show some bright spots with the Nets in 2014-15, but didn't really take a step forward with the Suns despite a great opportunity in 2015-16. Jefferson played just 50 total minutes with the Suns last year. He'll really need to impress to get on an NBA roster.
Jun 17 - 7:11 PM

Dragan Bender thinks he can bring a bit of everything to an NBA team.

While the 18-year-old remains a bit of an international mystery, he thinks he can offer quite a bit to the team that drafts him on June 23 "A little bit of everything," Bender said when asked what he will bring to an NBA roster. "I can do everything on the court, but basically just hard work on both ends of the floor and just trying to help the team to win some games." Bender will be a risky 2016-17 fantasy selection after averaging just 5.5 points and 3 rebounds in 14.5 minutes per game with Maccabi Tel Aviv last season, but he offers a good deal of upside for owners in dynasty leagues.
Jun 16 - 11:19 AM


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