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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

May 5, 2016 6:15 PM

The tenure with Lon Babby with the Phoenix Suns is now formally over.

Babby took a step back from the Suns last summer and was a part-time senior adviser after a five-year run as president of basketball operations.

“I’m very appreciative for the opportunity to come to Phoenix, be part of a wonderful community and see and learn a lot of things that have been very gratifying,” Babby said. “I look forward to staying involved here in the community and being more involved with my family. I turned 65 in February and consider myself a full-fledged snowbird.”

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

Apr 19, 2016 3:11 PM

The Phoenix Suns have agreed upon a three-year agreement with Earl Watson to remain as head coach.

Watson replaced Jeff Hornacek before the All-Star break this season on an interim basis.

The Suns were in the midst of a disappointing season and the players appeared to respond to Watson.

Players strongly supported Watson in exit meetings and were unanimous in wanting him retrained, which helped influence management.

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Suns Purchase Bakersfield Jam, Will Relocate Team To Arizona

Apr 12, 2016 2:53 PM

The Phoenix Suns have acquired the Bakersfield Jam and are relocating the team to Prescott Valley, Arizona.

The Suns become the 15th NBA team to own and operate its NBA D-League affiliate. 

The team will be known as the Northern Arizona Suns and will play a 24-game home schedule at the 5,100-seat Prescott Valley Event Center (PVEC) beginning with the 2016-17 season.

“We are thrilled to bring professional basketball to the Town of Prescott Valley,” said Suns President, Jason Rowley. “In addition to the basketball advantages of our D-League affiliate being close to home, today’s announcement creates endless opportunities to strengthen the connection with our fans in northern Arizona.” 

The Bakersfield Jam has served as the Suns’ single-affiliate NBA D-League team the past two seasons, with the NBA franchise running basketball operations during that time. 

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Brandon Knight Undergoes Successful Sports Hernia Surgery

Apr 8, 2016 6:29 PM

Brandon Knight underwent successful surgery to treat a sports hernia. The surgery was performed by Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia.

Knight has already begun rehabilitation and will return to Phoenix next week.

In his fifth NBA season and first full season with the Suns, Knight averaged a career-high 19.6 points in addition to 5.1 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 52 games, one of just 10 players in the NBA to post at least those averages in each of those categories.

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Jay Wright Plans To Remain At Villanova Amid NBA Interest

Apr 8, 2016 4:09 PM

Jay Wright has no plans on leaving Villanova for a head coaching job in the NBA, but he also refused to rule it out in the future.

"I can say right now that in my mind I plan to stay at Villanova," he said. "But I also don't want to be a liar. I want to stay. I know I want to stay, but I just say I hope I can stay because I've learned from the past how crazy things can be. I hope I can stay at Villanova because this is where I want to be."

Wright was linked to the Phoenix Suns this week after winning the national championship.

When he turned down the Kentucky job in 2009, Wright said he didn't want to live in the fishbowl that job required. He likes the way Philadelphia sports exist. The city is big on college basketball but easily and happily diverted by pro sports.

"There's a lot of great things about coaching at Villanova, but one that I really enjoy is during basketball season you're like a pro team," he said. "You're big time, but in the offseason there's so many good sports teams and happenings you get to blend in. I really, really enjoy that."

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Tags: Phoenix Suns, Villanova Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NCAA Misc Rumor

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Jay Wright Reportedly Suns' Top Target For Head Coach

Apr 7, 2016 2:52 PM

The Phoenix Suns have Jay Wright as their top target to become their next head coach.

The Suns fired Jeff Hornacek before the All-Star break and Earl Watson is serving as interim head coach.

Wright led Villanova to the national championship.

The Philadelphia 76ers discussed their head coaching vacancy in 2009 with Wright.

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Markieff Morris Sees Suns Have Recurring Issues Of Mistrust

Apr 1, 2016 7:16 PM

The word "trust" has come up multiple times recently in relation to the Phoenix Suns.

Markieff Morris and Goran Dragic have both used the word.

“I always felt free to play,” Morris said. “It was just tough to do certain things with no trust and play for people that you really don’t trust.”

Morris would not specify whom he mistrusted.

“I ain’t getting into that but I’m happy where I am now,” Morris said. “I look back on the happy years I had here. It was definitely a great time.”

Morris was traded to the Washington Wizards at the deadline.

“I’ve seen this play out before,” Morris said. “There have been a couple players I’ve been here with that have been the best players on the team that came back next year in a new uniform so it’s nothing new.”

During Morris’ tenure, Goran Dragic asked to be traded because he was disgruntled, Isaiah Thomas was traded because he was not content with his role and Steve Nash, Grant Hill and Channing Frye said they wanted to stay in Phoenix before negotiations soured them on returning.

“I’ve seen so many do it,” Morris said. “I just didn’t think it would be me like that but it is what it is.”

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Tyson Chandler Not Interested In Being Part Of Rebuilding Project

Mar 19, 2016 9:56 PM

Tyson Chandler is in the first season of a four-year, $52 million deal with the Phoenix Suns.

The Suns' season fell apart and Chandler also is finally beginning to show his age.

In February, Chandler said he's "not jumping ship" but that position may be changing.

"For me, especially where I am in my career, I want to win," Chandler said Friday. "I want to win now. I'm not in any kind of rebuilding stage. So if that's the case, it ain't where I'm supposed to be."

With so much cap space available to teams this summer, it should be easier to trade Chandler than it would be in most years but the three remaining years on his deal will be difficult for teams to feel comfortable taking on.

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Suns Sign Alan Williams To Multi-Year Deal

Mar 18, 2016 6:58 PM

The Phoenix Suns have signed Alan Williams to a multi-year contract.

Williams initially signed with the Suns on March 8 and made his debut with the team last night at Utah.

Williams, who went undrafted in 2015, played earlier this season with Qingdao DoubleStar of the Chinese Basketball Association 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. Williams played with Houston at NBA Summer League 2015, averaging 20.5 points and 11.8 rebounds in four games with the Rockets in Las Vegas. He earned All-NBA Summer League Second Team honors with his top performances including a 22-point, 21-rebound game against Philadelphia on July 17 and a 27-point, 10-rebound game against the D-League Select team on July 10.

A 6-8, 260-pound post player, Williams completed a decorated four-year career at UC Santa Barbara in 2015. The Gauchos’ all-time leading rebounder (1,125) and second-leading scorer (1,732), Williams led the nation with an average of 11.8 rebounds in 2014-15 and ranked second nationally with 11.5 in 2013-14. He was named Big West Player of the Year after averaging a career-best 21.3 points in 2013-14 as he averaged 15.5 points in 112 career appearances.

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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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Suns Waive DeJuan Blair
The Suns acquired DeJuan Blair in a trade with Washington last Thursday, Feb. 18.

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Hornacek Was Proponent Of Wizards Trading For Markieff Morris
The Wizards talked to Jeff Hornacek about Markieff Morris as part of their due diligence.

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Suns Sign Phil Pressey To 10-Day Contract
Phil Pressey was averaging 13.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 6.4 assists in 33.9 minutes over 25 games this season in the D-League with Idaho.

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Wizards Trade First Rounder To Suns For Markieff Morris
The Wizards have acquired Markieff Morris from the Suns.

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Suns Won't Trade P.J. Tucker
P.J. Tucker received trade interest from the Raptors amongst other teams.

Paul Coro/Arizona Republic

Markieff Morris Wants To Stay With Suns Past Deadline
Markieff Morris sought a trade from the Suns in the offseason but he's comfortable remaining with the club now.

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Bucks Interested In Mirza Teletovic
The Bucks' largest trade exception is just $5.2 million while Mirza Teletovic's salary is $5.5 million.

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Suns Holding Out For First Round Pick And Young Player For Markieff Morris
The Suns already have five first round picks in the next three drafts and nine over the next six years.

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Markieff Morris, Archie Goodwin Have Shoving Match On Bench
An argument escalated into a shoving match between Markieff Morris and Archie Goodwin in which teammates intervened.