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Rival Teams Expect Brandon Knight To Eventually Be In Suns' Trade Talks

Nov 25, 2016 1:07 PM

While the Phoenix Suns have publicly said Brandon Knight is not available, rival teams believe Ryan McDonough will eventually be included in trade talks.

Knight has struggled this season coming off the bench behind Eric Bledsoe and Devin Booker.

Knight agreed upon a five-year, $70 million deal with the Suns in 2015 and won't be a free agent until 2020.

Knight is averaging 12.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 24.9 minutes per game so far in 16-17.

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Suns Haven't Been Close To Trading Brandon Knight

Nov 17, 2016 1:27 PM

Brandon Knight is coming off the bench this season for the Phoenix Suns with Eric Bledsoe and Devin Booker starting, which has led to some speculation about his future with the franchise.

“We’re certainly not looking to move Brandon, we haven’t been close to trading Brandon,” Ryan McDonough said. “I think he’d love to be starting, we understand that. He’s accepted the role very well. I think you guys will see him go on a run here. As you know, watching him play the last couple years, he has the ability to get hot and put up a lot of points in a hurry and take over stretches of games — he hasn’t done that yet for us consistently but I think it’s coming.”

Knight signed a five-year, $70 million deal with the Suns during the 2015 offseason.

Knight won't be a free agent until 2020 and has a PER of just 11.2.

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Suns Insert Marquese Chriss Into Starting Lineup

Nov 8, 2016 5:33 PM

The Phoenix Suns will start Marquese Chriss at power forward beginning on Tuesday and is expected to remain in the spot indefinitely.

Jared Dudley had started the Suns' first seven games at power forward but Chriss provides more size and athleticism.

Chriss was the eighth overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

Chriss has averaged 5.3 points and 2.9 rebounds in 13.1 minutes per game with 46.7 percent shooting from the field, including one 3-pointer. 

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Pelicans Sign Archie Goodwin

Nov 7, 2016 2:31 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have signed Archie Goodwin.

Goodwin, 6-5, 205, has appeared in 150 career games (15 starts) with the Phoenix Suns, averaging 6.2 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 14.5 minutes per contest. The University of Kentucky product was selected 29th overall in the 2013 NBA Draft by Oklahoma City.

Goodwin was waived by the Suns before the start of the regular season.

In order to create a roster spot for Goodwin, the Pelicans waived Lance Stephenson.

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Suns Assign Derrick Jones Jr. To D-League

Nov 3, 2016 4:56 PM

The Phoenix Suns have assigned forward Derrick Jones Jr. to the Northern Arizona Suns, their NBA Development League affiliate.

This is Jones' first assignment to the NAZ Suns of the season.

The rookie out of UNLV has not yet appeared in a regular season game with the Phoenix Suns after totaling seven points in two games during the preseason.

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Devin Booker Calls Breakout Expectations 'Good Pressure To Have'

Oct 29, 2016 10:49 AM

Devin Booker was asked about the pressure that may come with being voted the player most likely to breakout in a survey of NBA general managers.

"Good pressure to have," said Booker. "Those are the brains of basketball so for them to predict that, it’s an honor but we’ve only played one game this season so it doesn’t mean anything until I go out there and perform. I’m not worried about it, I’m worried about getting wins and whatever comes with that comes with that."

Booker was the 13th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft out of Kentucky by the Phoenix Suns and was an NBA All-Rookie First Team selection.

Booker was one of the youngest players in his class and turns 20 on Oct. 30th.

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Suns Offer Ronnie Price Role As Assistant Coach

Oct 29, 2016 10:42 AM

Ronnie Price has been opened a job by Earl Watson to join the Phoenix Suns as an assistant coach.

Price signed a two-year deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder in August but was released before the start of the regular season.

"Just come," Watson said. "We need your presence. You wanna do front office work? You wanna do scouting? You wanna work with a player? Just take a trip. Come have dinner with me one time. I’ll never let you leave. That was the sales pitch."

Price is 33 and wants to continue his playing career.

"Ronnie Price is not open to the idea," Watson smiled. "He’s too competitive. I gotta call him every Sunday."

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Suns Exercise 17-18 Options On Devin Booker, T.J. Warren

Oct 24, 2016 9:31 PM

The Phoenix Suns have exercised their 2017-18 options on guard Devin Booker and forward T.J. Warren.

Booker ranked fifth in the NBA in scoring this preseason, averaging 19.6 points in five appearances, including a 34-point performance at Portland on October 7. An NBA All-Rookie First Team selection in 2015-16, Booker ranked fourth among rookies with a scoring average of 13.8 points in 76 games, averaging 18.5 points over the season’s final 44 games after permanently joining the starting lineup on Jan. 8. 

Warren started all six of the Suns’ preseason games, averaging 12.5 points on 46.6 percent shooting from the field and 4.2 rebounds. In his second season with the Suns in 2015-16, Warren averaged career bests of 11.0 points and 3.1 rebounds through 47 games before a right foot fracture caused him to miss the season’s final 34 contests.

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Suns Release Archie Goodwin

Oct 24, 2016 3:48 PM

The Phoenix Suns and have released Archie Goodwin in an unexpected move.

Goodwin has been a promising prospect since entering the NBA in 2013 after one season at Kentucky but he has yet to receive consistent playing time with the Suns.

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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
The three players did not appear in any of the Suns' first three preseason games.

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Suns Not Currently Interested In Trading Eric Bledsoe
The Suns may eventually have to choose between Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight to be their long-term answer at point guard beside Devin Booker.

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Suns To Use Brandon Knight As 6th Man
The 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.

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

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P.J. Tucker Undergoes Back Surgery, Out 6-8 Weeks
P.J. Tucker averaged 8.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, a career-high 2.2 assists and 1.3 steals in 15-16.

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Mehmet Okur Hired By Suns As Player Development Coach
In Mehmet Okur's final season with the Jazz, 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
Jason Hervey joins the Suns after spending the past two seasons as an NBA and college personnel scout with the Wolves.

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Suns Fully Guarantee Alan Williams' Contract For 16-17
Alan 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.

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RealGM Radio: Pacific Division With Kevin Pelton, Ben Golliver
Host Danny Leroux, Kevin Pelton of ESPN Insider and Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated break down the Pacific Division including an offseason review and regular season preview.

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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