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Dunc'd On: JR Re-Signs, Bucks/Bulls Trade, Phoenix Suns Outlook w/ Michael Schwartz

Oct 17, 2016 5:25 AM

Danny Leroux joins to discuss continued CBA news, the effects of preseason injuries, the Bulls/Bucks trade of Tony Snell for Michael Carter-Williams, and finally J.R. Smith's new deal in Cleveland.

Then (34:00) Michael Schwartz, former owner of Valley of the Suns, joins for the Phoenix Suns season outlook. We discuss the Suns' young players, how their frontcourt rotation may shake out, and potential trade candidates from the Suns crowded backcourt. We also hit on potential breakout and regression candidates, playing time and lineup issues, key questions for success this year, and give our predictions for the Suns season.

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Suns Waive Gracin Bakumanya, Derek Cooke Jr., Shaquille Harrison

Oct 10, 2016 6:07 PM

The Phoenix Suns have waived center Gracin Bakumanya, forward Derek Cooke Jr. and guard Shaquille Harrison.

Bakumanya, Cooke and Harrison originally signed with the Suns on Sept. 25.

The three players did not appear in any of the team’s first three preseason games.

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Suns Not Currently Interested In Trading Eric Bledsoe

Oct 6, 2016 2:36 PM

The Phoenix Suns don't currently have interest in trading away Eric Bledsoe.

Bledsoe is coming back from a torn meniscus in his left knee.

The Suns may eventually have to choose between Bledsoe and Brandon Knight to be their long-term answer at point guard beside Devin Booker.

Phoenix will have Knight coming off the bench to begin the season.

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Suns To Use Brandon Knight As 6th Man

Oct 4, 2016 11:36 AM

The Phoenix Suns will bring Brandon Knight off the bench as their sixth man this season with Eric Bledsoe and Devin Booker starting at the guard positions.

Knight has started 315 of 328 career games.

"Brandon Knight is not a bench player," said Earl Watson. "He's a starter in this league. He's sacrificed the most for our group. He took it like the pro he is because he understands the opportunity that we have to be special. Do players like coming off the bench? No, and we embrace that. That's the inner-competitive nature that we need."

Knight declined to talk about Watson's announcement on Monday.

"I knew at one point in my career I'd be a starter," Booker said. "I didn't know it'd be this soon but I have put in that work to be one."

Paul Coro/Arizona Republic

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Suns Sign Gracin Bakumanya, Derek Cooke Jr., Shaquille Harrison, Derrick Jones Jr.

Sep 25, 2016 9:07 PM

The Phoenix Suns have signed center Gracin Bakumanya, forward Derek Cooke Jr., guard Shaquille Harrison and forward Derrick Jones Jr., bringing the club’s roster to 19 players.

Bakumanya, a 6-11, 220-pound center, went undrafted in 2016 as an international early entry candidate. A native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the 19-year-old played the 2015-16 season with Antibes Espoirs, the training center for Antibes Sharks of LNB Pro A, the top-tier league in France. He averaged 14.3 points and 8.5 rebounds in 30 games with Antibes Espoirs, in addition to playing in two games with Antibes’ Pro A team. At NBA Summer League 2016, Bakumanya saw action in two contests with Houston.

Cooke, a 6-9, 220-pound forward, spent the 2015-16 season with the Suns’ NBA D League affiliate, then the Bakersfield Jam. In 47 games with the Jam, he averaged 4.8 points and 7.0 rebounds, including 3.1 offensive boards which tied for sixth in the league, in 23.4 minutes. Cooke was also a member of the Suns at NBA Summer League 2016, appearing in three games in Las Vegas. Prior to going undrafted in 2015, Cooke played three seasons at the University of Wyoming where he helped the Cowboys to a Mountain West Conference tournament title and NCAA tournament berth in 2014-15. As a senior in 2014-15, he averaged 8.1 points on 72.0 percent shooting and 5.8 rebounds.

Harrison, a 6-4, 185-pound guard, went undrafted this past summer following a successful four-year career at the University of Tulsa. A starter in all 133 games in his four years, he averaged 11.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.8 steals for his career, finishing second in program history with 461 career assists and third with 244 steals. As a senior in 2015-16, Harrison averaged career-highs of 15.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.1 assists as he was named the American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Scholar Athlete of the Year. Harrison earned All-AAC Second Team honors in both his junior and senior seasons at Tulsa.

Jones, a 6-7, 190-pound forward, went undrafted in 2016 after playing one season at UNLV. The Runnin’ Rebels’ second-leading scorer in 2015-16, he averaged 11.5 points on 58.9 percent shooting and 4.5 rebounds in 30 games during his freshman season. Jones recorded four double-doubles at UNLV, including a career-high 26 points to go with 10 rebounds against Chaminade at the Maui Invitational. 

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P.J. Tucker Undergoes Back Surgery, Out 6-8 Weeks

Sep 15, 2016 4:23 PM

P.J. Tucker underwent a successful low back microdiscectomy procedure. The surgery was performed by Dr. Dennis Crandall. Tucker is expected to be out approximately six to eight weeks.

Preparing for his sixth NBA season and fifth with the Suns, Tucker is a four-time winner of the team’s Majerle Hustle Award.

In 2015-16, he averaged 8.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, a career-high 2.2 assists and 1.3 steals while playing all 82 games (80 starts).

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Mehmet Okur Hired By Suns As Player Development Coach

Sep 13, 2016 3:19 PM

The Phoenix Suns have hired Mehmet Okur as player development coach.

Okur, a 2007 NBA All-Star, will specialize in the skills development of the Suns’ post players. A former 10-year pro in the NBA, Okur averaged 13.5 points and 7.0 rebounds while shooting 37.5 percent from three-point territory as a 6-11 forward/center in 634 games with the Detroit Pistons, Utah Jazz and New Jersey Nets. 

In Okur’s final season with the Jazz in 2010-11, he was a teammate of Earl Watson and they played for current Suns assistant coach Tyrone Corbin.

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Suns Hire Jason Hervey As Advance Scout

Sep 13, 2016 3:18 PM

Jason Hervey has been hired by the Phoenix Suns as an advance scout.

Hervey joins the Suns after spending the past two seasons as an NBA and college personnel scout with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Prior to his time with the Timberwolves, Hervey spent two seasons as director of basketball operations for the Pistons and held positions of advance scout and video coordinator with the Washington Wizards from 2009-12. His NBA career began as the assistant video coordinator for the Pistons from 2005-09.

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Suns Fully Guarantee Alan Williams' Contract For 16-17

Sep 2, 2016 11:36 AM

Alan Williams' $874,636 contract with the Phoenix Suns has been guaranteed.

“It was an easy decision for us,” Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough said. “He’s played well at two summer leagues. He’s really improved from the end of last season. He’s transformed his body. He’s developing his touch outside the paint and added a push shot.”

Williams went to high school in the Phoenix area.

Williams was an all-NBA Summer League first team honoree this year, when he averaged 11.8 points and 11.2 rebounds over six games. 

Williams is the Suns’ 14th player with a guaranteed contract for next season. They can carry up to 15 players in the regular season.

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RealGM Radio: Pacific Division With Kevin Pelton, Ben Golliver

Aug 27, 2016 4:29 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux), Kevin Pelton of ESPN Insider (@kpelton) and Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated (@BenGolliver) break down the Pacific Division.

In the offseason review, they pick who got better and worse, discuss notable moves (17:22) and pick the rookies they are most excited to see (42:34).

In the season preview, they rank the teams 1-5 (53:44), predict how many playoff teams will come out of the Pacific (1:02:35), choose breakout players (1:16:00) and much more.



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Amar'e Stoudemire Wanted To Finish Career With Suns
Amar'e Stoudemire says his camp reached out to the Suns in each of the past two offseasons.

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Suns Finalize Earl Watson's Coaching Staff Headlined By Jay Triano, Tyrone Corbin
Jay Triano has joined the Suns as associate head coach.

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Leandro Barbosa, Suns Agree To Two-Year, $8M Deal
Leandro Barbosa began his NBA career with the Suns.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Jared Dudley Agrees To Three-Year, $30M Deal With Suns
Jared Dudley previously played for the Suns from 2008 until 2013.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Suns Hire Ty Corbin As Assistant Coach
Ty Corbin was also a finalist for the Warriors' assistant coach position.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Suns Acquire Marquese Chriss From Kings
Marquese Chriss was selected with the eighth overall pick.

Adrian Wojnarowski, Shams Charania/The Vertical

Suns Offered Eric Bledsoe, Lottery Pick To Jazz For Gordon Hayward
The Suns attempted to acquire Gordon Hayward from the Jazz by offering Eric Bledsoe and a lottery pick.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Dunc'd On: Larry Coon, Jaylen Brown Scouting Report, Suns Offseason
NBA Cap guru Larry Coon on the 2016 cap spike, the issues for a potential work stoppage in 2017, and Sports Business Classroom. Then, a scouting report on Jaylen Brown and a preview of the Suns' offseason.

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Suns To Enter Contract Talks With Bogdan Bogdanovic
If Bogan 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

Paul Coro/Arizona Republic

76ers Win Lottery, Lakers Get 2nd Pick, Celtics 3rd
The 76ers, Lakers and Celtics are in the top-3 of the NBA Draft Lottery.

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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.

Paul Coro/Arizona Republic

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.

Dana O'Neil/ESPN

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.

Mitch Lawrence/Sporting News

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.

Paul Coro/Arizona Republic

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.

Paul Coro/Arizona Republic (via James Herbert/CBS Sports)

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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