Dec 21, 2014 11:12 AM EST
Goran Dragic called signing with the New York Knicks a “possibility” in July when he plans to opt out of his contract and test free agency.
The presence of Phil Jackson makes the Knicks more attractive to Dragic.
“Oh yeah, definitely,” said Dragic, who earned All-NBA third-team honors last season. “You know Phil, he was a great coach. He won so many titles and he was coaching so many great players that of course it’s interesting and I would love working with him. Because probably he’s making all the moves — I’m not sure — but he knows what the team needs and what direction the team needs to go. In the past probably, he makes some decisions, who the Lakers bring in and the Chicago Bulls and (he) did an amazing job.”
Dragic said he intends to keep his options open for free agency and isn’t focusing on any single team, though he did repeat the Knicks were an option.
“I think so it’s a possibility, but not just New York,” Dragic said. “I’m a free agent. I want to explore my options but so far I’m really happy in Phoenix. They give me a lot. I like the city. I like the fans and I like the organization, so it’s going to be a tough decision to make, but I’m going to start thinking of that at the end of the season.”
Dec 17, 2014 2:06 PM EST
Isaiah Thomas recently fired agent Andy Miller and said the move was unrelated to his future with the Phoenix Suns, despite dot-connectors and his recent comments to CBS Sports that the situation "was not what I expected."
Miller negotiated Thomas' four-year, $27 million contract with Phoenix in July.
"It's unrelated to the Suns," Thomas said of firing his agent. "I lost trust in the guy. That's all it is. Professional reasons. Personal reasons as well. People, I've seen, say I want to be traded and things like that. Nah, that happened two weeks ago.
"I'm not OK with losing, so I don't think anybody is OK with what is going on right now. We've got to figure it out."
The Suns have gone 12-14 this season.
"My family loves it," Thomas said. "So if they're happy, I'm happy. Like I said, we're losing now. And, no, I'm not OK with the situation right now because we are on a six-game losing streak. I'm not OK with it."
Nov 30, 2014 2:00 PM EST
Isaiah Thomas averaged 20.3 points per game last season with the Sacramento Kings and is averaging 15.5 coming off the bench this season for the Phoenix Suns.
“My teammates are good guys, the organization is great, and the style of play is perfect,” Thomas said. “It’s a big reason why I chose here because it favors my strengths, getting up and down, scoring and shooting at will, and using our strength, which is our guards.”
The first call Thomas received when he became a restricted free agent was from Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge.
“It was crazy because I was playing in a basketball game that night, I checked my voice mail and it was Danny Ainge,” he said. “I was tripping because that’s big right there. That’s Danny Ainge, Boston Celtics, all of that. It really hit me like dang, [free agency] is about to start. He sent me a voice mail and sent me a text message. He brought up Avery (Bradley) and all the guys who have been in Boston from the [Seattle/Tacoma] area.”
Nov 19, 2014 1:00 PM EST
Goran Dragic plans to opt out this offseason to test free agency, according to sources.
Dragic previously stated that he planned on opting out in order to re-sign a long-term deal with the Phoenix Suns.
Sources say the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers will be options for Dragic.
At issue with the Suns and Dragic is the guard logjam on the team, which Dragic addressed on Tuesday. He told AZCentral.com’s Paul Coro that the reason for some of Phoenix’s early struggles this year is, “Because there’s only one ball and we’re all point guards. That’s an easy answer.”
Dragic’s numbers have dipped this year (15.6 points, 47.5 percent shooting), and the Suns generally have had a harder time offensively.
Oct 31, 2014 1:23 PM EDT
LeBron James empowered his agent Rich Paul to meet with several teams to Klutch’s offices in Cleveland for free-agent presentations without him present.
Those meetings were leaked to the public and the perception was that they were conducted to garner attention to their agency.
The Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks met with Paul, in addition to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“Just used as props to get attention and publicize their business,” one league executive told Yahoo Sports. “Maybe that’s smart to some people, but you have to deal with the same people again and again in this league. Those things can come back on you eventually.”
Oct 27, 2014 4:44 PM EDT
The Phoenix Suns have exercised their third-year options on Alex Len and Archie Goodwin, according to league sources.
Len was the No. 5 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, while Goodwin was drafted at No. 29.
Oct 25, 2014 2:52 PM EDT
The Phoenix Suns have waived center Earl Barron.
A seven-year NBA veteran, Barron signed with the Suns on Sept. 26. In six preseason appearances, Barron averaged 3.7 points and 4.3 rebounds in 13.7 minutes.
The Suns' roster now stands at 15 players.
Oct 23, 2014 12:49 PM EDT
T.J. Warren has sustained a small crack in a bone in his left thumb and will be treated with a splint and rest, the Phoenix Suns announced on Thursday.
There is no timetable for Warren's return.
Warren, a rookie from North Carolina State, was selected by the Suns with the 14th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. He has averaged 5.0 points and 12.2 minutes in five preseason appearances.
Oct 18, 2014 7:37 PM EDT
Gregg Popovich responded Saturday to Robert Sarver, who grabbed a mic late in Thursday’s exhibition game to apologize to the Phoenix Suns' home crowd after five San Antonio Spurs players missed the game.
“As I said, the silliness begins," Popovich said. "Most wise individuals would check facts before they made statements. Unless you’re interested in putting on a show. In that case, the facts get in your way, as in this case.
“We had five guys we didn’t send: Patty Mills had a shoulder operation. Tiago Splitter has been out the whole preseason. Kawhi Leonard was out and is still out for 10 more days. The other two, Duncan and Ginobili, are two of the oldest guys in the league who just came back from a 13-day European trip.
“The only thing that surprises me is that he didn’t say it in a chicken suit. I’ll just leave it at that.”
Oct 17, 2014 5:48 PM EDT
The Phoenix Suns have 15 guaranteed contracts and a non-guaranteed deal in Earl Barron remains on the roster.
Barron is still a candidate to stay with the Suns into the regular season.
Barron could be competing with Shavlik Randolph for the 15th spot; Randolph has guaranteed salary for $1.23 million.
"The one guy that sticks out and is really fighting for the team is Earl Barron," Jeff Hornacek said. "He's still on the roster for a reason. I know our guys are saying, 'If he's going to help us and we have to eat a contract somewhere, I think Robert (Sarver, the managing partner) is willing to do that.' If it's going to help us win games and he's better than another guy, Robert is all for it."
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