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Amar'e Stoudemire Wanted To Finish Career With Suns

Jul 28, 2016 6:47 PM

Amar'e Stoudemire had hoped to return to the Phoenix Suns to finish his career.

Stoudemire retired from the NBA by signing a one-day ceremonial contract with the the New York Knicks. Stoudemire signed with the Knicks in free agency in 2010 and then played for the Mavericks in 2015 and Heat in 15-16 after being bought out.

“The last two years, we made phone calls to Phoenix but I wasn’t getting any positive response,” Stoudemire said on Thursday. “That would’ve been the perfect way to go out. I didn’t want to beg Phoenix. My heart was in two places – Phoenix and New York. I just went where I was wanted.”

The Suns added Dragan Bender and Marquese Chriss at power forward in the draft and then signed Jared Dudley.

“They brought back Jared and Leandro, my boys,” Stoudemire said. “That would’ve been a heck of a way to finish. I wasn’t just going to keep knocking on someone’s door that wasn’t going to answer.

“I love my fans in Phoenix. Most of my high times and highlights were in Phoenix. I put forth the effort to finish my career in Phoenix but it wasn’t well-received.”

Stoudemire hasn't ruled out playing overseas.

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Suns Finalize Earl Watson's Coaching Staff Headlined By Jay Triano, Tyrone Corbin

Jul 27, 2016 5:51 PM

The Phoenix Suns have announced Earl Watson’s coaching staff, naming Jay Triano associate head coach, Tyrone Corbin and Nate Bjorkgren assistant coaches, Marlon Garnett assistant coach/player development coordinator, and Scott Duncan and Jason Fraser player development coaches.

“As a family we are excited with the additions we have made into our program,” said Watson. “Each coach possesses a unique passion to teach, and the chemistry of our staff is as important as the structure of our roster. We are very lucky to have this creative group assembled.”

Triano comes to the Suns following four seasons as an assistant coach with the Portland Trail Blazers including in Watson’s final season as a player in 2013-14. Formerly the head coach of the Toronto Raptors from 2008-11, Triano was the first Canadian-born head coach in NBA history. Prior to his three seasons as head coach of the Raptors, he was an assistant coach with the team for six seasons from 2002-08.

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Leandro Barbosa, Suns Agree To Two-Year, $8M Deal

Jul 6, 2016 11:43 PM

Leandro Barbosa has agreed to sign a two-year, $8 million deal with the Phoenix Suns. The second season of Barbosa's contract will be a team option.

Barbosa spent the past two seasons in a key bench role with the Golden State Warriors. Golden State could only offer the veteran's minimum to sign Barbosa.

Barbosa began his NBA career with the Suns.

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Jared Dudley Agrees To Three-Year, $30M Deal With Suns

Jul 1, 2016 10:12 PM

Jared Dudley has agreed upon a three-year, $30 million deal with the Phoenix Suns.

Dudley previously played for the Suns from 2008 until 2013. Dudley then did one-year stints with the Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks and Washington Wizards.

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Suns Hire Ty Corbin As Assistant Coach

Jun 26, 2016 8:03 PM

The Phoenix Suns have hired Ty Corbin as an assistant coach on the staff of Earl Watson.

Corbin was an assistant coach of the Utah Jazz for several seasons before becoming head coach until 2014. Corbin then became an assistant coach and interim head coach with the Sacramento Kings.

Watson was hired by the Suns on a permanent basis after replacing Jeff Hornacek midseason.

Corbin was also a finalist for the Golden State Warriors' assistant coach position.

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Suns Acquire Marquese Chriss From Kings

Jun 23, 2016 8:23 PM

The Sacramento Kings have traded Marquese Chriss, selected with the eighth overall pick, to the Phoenix Suns.

Sacramento will acquire the 13th overall pick, 28th overall pick, a 2020 second rounder and Bogdan Bogdanovic. 

The Suns have had a need for an athletic power forward.

Phoenix selected Dragan Bender earlier in the draft with the third overall pick.

Both Bender and Chriss are good shooters and they should be able to play with each other at center and power forward.

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Suns Offered Eric Bledsoe, Lottery Pick To Jazz For Gordon Hayward

Jun 23, 2016 10:22 AM

The Phoenix Suns attempted to acquire Gordon Hayward from the Utah Jazz by offering Eric Bledsoe and a lottery pick.

The Jazz acquired George Hill from the Indiana Pacers in exchange for their own lottery pick on the eve of the draft.

The Suns have been shopping both Bledsoe and Brandon Knight.

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Dunc'd On: Larry Coon, Jaylen Brown Scouting Report, Suns Offseason

Jun 15, 2016 10:58 PM

NBA Cap guru Larry Coon (@LarryCoon) on the 2016 cap spike, the issues for a potential work stoppage in 2017, and Sports Business Classroom. At 32:00, a scouting report on Jaylen Brown. Why Nate really likes him in spite of some really bad statistical translations. Then (55:00), a look at the Phoenix Suns offseason, how they can use their projected $28 million in cap space. Can they clear up the logjam in the backcourt with Eric Bledsoe, Brandon Knight, and Devin Booker? Plus, a look at the issues created by their three first-round picks this year.

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Suns To Enter Contract Talks With Bogdan Bogdanovic

Jun 15, 2016 1:46 PM

The Phoenix Suns will enter negotiations with Bogdan Bogdanovic to bring him over to the NBA.

This is the last year that Bogdanovic would be required to sign on the NBA rookie scale as the Suns' No. 27 draft pick in 2014. That contract could pay him up to $5.7 million over four years, including two team options. The Suns are allowed to contribute as much as $650,000 toward Bogdanovic's buyout from Fenerbahce with Bogdanovic paying the remainder. 

If Bogdanovic does not sign with the Suns this year, they would retain his rights in 2017 but Bogdanovic could then negotiate a contract for any amount with the minimum being his draft year's rookie salary scale. 

Ryan McDonough said the Suns would allow Bogdanovic to have a few days after the Turkish League finals were complete before they talked to him by phone to "figure out before the draft if he's going to come over for next season." 

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76ers Win Lottery, Lakers Get 2nd Pick, Celtics 3rd

May 17, 2016 8:22 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have won the NBA Draft Lottery while the Los Angeles Lakers get to keep their pick at No. 2 and the Boston Celtics will draft third.

For the second straight season, the team with the worst record in the NBA won the lottery after the Wolves won it in 2015. The NBA had 10 straight seasons of a team moving up before Minnesota.

1. Philadelphia 76ers

2. Los Angeles Lakers

3. Boston Celtics (from Brooklyn)

4. Phoenix Suns

5. Minnesota Timberwolves 

6. New Orleans Pelicans 

7. Denver Nuggets (swap with Knicks)

8. Sacramento Kings 

9. Toronto Raptors (from Knicks via Denver swap)

10. Milwaukee Bucks

11. Orlando Magic 

12. Utah Jazz

13. Phoenix Suns (from Washington)

14. Chicago Bulls

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Lon Babby Fully Ends Tenure With Suns
Lon Babby had represented Grant Hill, Tim Duncan, Ray Allen and others as an agent.

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Suns Agree To Multi-Year Deal With Earl Watson To Remain Head Coach
Earl Watson replaced Jeff Hornacek before the All-Star break this season on an interim basis.

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Suns Purchase Bakersfield Jam, Will Relocate Team To Arizona
The Bakersfield Jam has served as the Suns' single-affiliate NBA D-League team the past two seasons.

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Brandon Knight Undergoes Successful Sports Hernia Surgery
Brandon Knight has already begun rehabilitation and will return to Phoenix next week.

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Jay Wright Plans To Remain At Villanova Amid NBA Interest
Jay Wright was linked to the Suns this week after winning the national championship.

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Jay Wright Reportedly Suns' Top Target For Head Coach
The Suns fired Jeff Hornacek before the All-Star break and Earl Watson is serving as interim head coach.

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Markieff Morris Sees Suns Have Recurring Issues Of Mistrust
Markieff Morris saw several players either traded or leave due to issues with the Suns' management.

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Tyson Chandler Not Interested In Being Part Of Rebuilding Project
Tyson Chandler is in the first season of a four-year, $52 million deal with the Suns.

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Suns Sign Alan Williams To Multi-Year Deal
Alan Williams played earlier this season with Qingdao DoubleStar where he led the league with an average of 15.4 rebounds in 35 games this season, in addition to scoring 20.8 points per contest.

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Chase Budinger Signs With Suns
Chase Budinger played in 49 games with Indiana this season, averaging 4.4 points and 2.5 rebounds in 14.9 minutes.

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Suns To Sign Alan Williams On 10-Day Contract
Alan Williams averaged 20.8 points and 15.4 rebounds in 29.9 minutes per game in China with a PER of 27.9.

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Suns Waive Sonny Weems
Sonny Weems appeared in 36 games with the Suns, averaging 2.5 points, 1.3 assists and 1.1 rebounds in 11.7 minutes.

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Goran Dragic On Suns: I Was Glad As Soon As I Got Out Of There
The Suns are 25-63 since trading Goran Dragic before the 2015 deadline.

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Suns Thought They Had Amar'e For Steph Deal Done During 2009 NBA Draft
The Suns proceeded with their next pick at No. 14 believing they had Stephen Curry, drafting Earl Clark instead of Jrue Holiday.

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Kris Humphries To Sign With Hawks
Kris Humphries has cleared waivers and will sign with the Hawks.

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Phil Pressey Signed By Suns To 2nd 10-Day Contract
In four games with the Suns, Phil Pressey has averaged 5.0 points, 6.0 assists and 1.0 steals.

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Kris Humphries Waived By Suns
Kris Humphries appeared in four games with the Suns after being acquired from Washington in a trade on Feb. 18, averaging 7.3 points and 8.0 rebounds.

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Robert Sarver Releases Open Letter To Suns' Fans, Has Full Confidence In McDonough
Robert Sarver released the following open letter to fans of the Suns as they continue to struggle for the second straight season.

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Ryan McDonough Admits Mistake Of Trading Away Isaiah Thomas
Ryan McDonough regrets his decision for the Suns to trade Isaiah Thomas to the Celtics during the 2015 trade deadline for a first round pick.

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John Jenkins Claimed Off Waivers By Suns
John Jenkins is on a three-year deal.

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