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Suns To Keep Ryan McDonough As GM

Apr 17, 2017 8:24 PM

The Phoenix Suns intend to retain Ryan McDonough as general manager as he enters the final season of his current contract.

McDonough became general manager of the Suns in 2013.

Phoenix hasn't reached the playoffs for seven straight seasons.

"Obviously the record [24-58] is a little bit disappointing, given the expectations we started the year with," McDonough told the Arizona Republic last week. "Recently we've been encouraged with the progress with some of the young players. Since the All-Star break, some of the guys who weren't getting an opportunity to play much, if at all, got that opportunity and really made the most of it. I think that bodes well for the future.

"We'll have a high pick in the lottery. We'll have two second-round draft picks as well. We have plenty of cap space, so we'll have some options for this summer. We have a plan in our head right now, in terms of continuing to add through the draft and build with youth, but we'll also look at potential free-agent options. And then, the least predictable part of this, obviously, is the trades and what may swing our way. Those talks usually heat up closer to the draft."

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Willy Hernangomez, Tyler Ulis Named Rookies Of The Month

Apr 14, 2017 12:26 PM

Willy Hernangomez and Tyler Ulis have been named the NBA Rookies of the Month for games played in April.

Hernangomez averaged 12.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.

The 34th pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Ulis led all rookies with both 20.7 points and 6.8 assists per game in April; the last time a rookie averaged at least this many points and assists for a calendar month was Damian Lillard in March 2013. The 5-10 point guard also averaged 3.8 rebounds and posted shooting percentages of .485 on field goals, .370 on three-pointers and .783 on free throws. Ulis scored 20-plus points in four of his six games during the month, including the highest-scoring game by any NBA rookie for the entire season with a career-high 34 points against Houston on April 2. In a win against Dallas on April 9, Ulis tallied 20 points and 10 assists to record the only 20-point, 10-assist game by a rookie in the league this season.

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Suns Sign Elijah Millsap To Multi-Year Contract

Apr 9, 2017 7:35 PM

The Phoenix Suns have signed Elijah Millsap to a multi-year contract. The two-year NBA veteran played with the Northern Arizona Suns this season and was the Suns’ NBA Development League affiliate’s leading scorer.

A 6-6, 215-pound guard, Millsap averaged 4.2 points and 2.8 rebounds in 16.4 minutes over 67 games in two seasons with the Utah Jazz from 2014-16. Millsap has six double-digit scoring performances in his NBA career with a high of 17 points versus the L.A. Lakers on Feb. 25, 2015.

The 49th GATORADE Call-Up in the NBA this season, Millsap averaged a team-high 19.7 points in addition to 7.9 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 50 games (all starts) with the NAZ Suns this season. The 29-year-old led the NAZ Suns with 13 double-doubles and had the highest-scoring game in team history with a career-high 38 points in the season finale at Reno on April 1. This marked Millsap’s sixth NBA D-League season as he also played with Tulsa in 2010-11, Los Angeles from 2011-14 and Bakersfield in 2014-15. A 2012 NBA D-League All-Star, Millsap has averaged 18.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 205 total D-League appearances.

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Suns Sign Jarell Eddie To 2nd 10-Day Contract

Mar 29, 2017 6:40 PM

The Phoenix Suns have signed forward Jarell Eddie to a second 10-day contract. Eddie initially signed with the Suns on March 19.

Eddie has played in five games since joining the Suns and averaged 4.8 points in 12.5 minutes, scoring a career-high 13 points in his debut with the team on March 19 at Detroit.

This is Eddie’s second NBA season as he is a three-year NBA Development League veteran, most recently playing with the Windy City Bulls before being signed by the Suns. Eddie played 26 NBA games with the Washington Wizards last season, averaging 2.4 points and 5.7 minutes with a high of 12 points at Brooklyn on Dec. 26, 2015.

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Suns To Sign Jarell Eddie To 10-Day Contract

Mar 18, 2017 11:20 PM

The Phoenix Suns are planning to sign Jarell Eddie to a 10-day contract.

Eddie was playing for the Windy City Bulls of the D-League.

Eddie has averaged 14.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 27 D-League games this season.

Eddie played 26 games last season for the Washington Wizards.

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Brandon Knight Sits With Back Spasms After Suns Ask Him To Return To Lineup

Mar 16, 2017 1:23 PM

With Eric Bledsoe out for the season, the Phoenix Suns asked Brandon Knight to play in Wednesday's game.

Knight told the team he had back spasms. 

Knight hadn't played in since before the All-Star break with the Suns playing Bledsoe and Tyler Ulis.

Phoenix tried to trade Knight at the deadline.

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Suns Shut Down Eric Bledsoe For Remainder Of Season

Mar 16, 2017 1:17 PM

The Phoenix Suns have shut down Eric Bledsoe for the remainder of the season.

“Bled’s been great, he had a great season, he played at a high level,” Watson said. “He’s been dominant all year. He’s taken a big leap in the right direction. There’s a lot of room for him to grow and he’s excited about that.”

Bledsoe recently said he had some pain in his left knee.

The Suns are hoping for a high lottery pick in this year's draft.

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Suns To Waive Jared Sullinger, Mike Scott; Sign Ronnie Price For Remainder Of Season

Feb 23, 2017 9:44 PM

The Phoenix Suns plan on waiving Jared Sullinger and Mike Scott.

The Suns traded for Sullinger as part of their deal with the Toronto Raptors for P.J. Tucker. 

Scott was acquired in a separate trade with the Atlanta Hawks.

The Suns will sign Ronnie Price for the remainder of the season.

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Suns Seek 2nd Rounder For Brandon Knight

Feb 23, 2017 11:30 AM

The Phoenix Suns continue to shop Brandon Knight in trade scenarios.

Two years after the Suns traded a future pick from the Los Angeles Lakers, they are seeking an expiring contract and a high second rounder for Knight. The Milwaukee Bucks traded away Knight in a three-team trade with the Suns while acquiring Michael Carter-Williams from the Philadelphia 76ers. Carter-Williams was eventually traded to the Chicago Bulls for Tony Snell.

The Suns re-signed Knight in the 2015 offseason on a five-year, $70 million deal.

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Raptors Debating Whether To Trade 1st Rounder For P.J. Tucker, Wilson Chandler

Feb 23, 2017 9:51 AM

The Toronto Raptors are considering whether to give up a first round pick in a trade for P.J. Tucker of the Phoenix Suns or Wilson Chandler of the Denver Nuggets.

The Raptors would likely include Jared Sullinger as salary filler in any such deal.

Toronto already traded for Serge Ibaka but Tucker would give Dwane Casey a player capable of playing both the 3 and the 4.

Tucker, who began his career with the Raptors, will be a free agent in the offseason.

Chandler has a player option to become a free agent in 2018.

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Suns Didn't Want To Break Up Core To Acquire DeMarcus Cousins
The Suns could have offered DeMarcus Cousins an opportunity to reunite with his former Kentucky teammate Eric Bledsoe.

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Suns Continue To Shop Brandon Knight
With Eric Bledsoe and Devin Booker in the Suns' backcourt, Brandon Knight is the odd man out.

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Dragan Bender To Undergo Season Ending Ankle Surgery
Dragan Bender averaged 3.3 points and 2.2 rebounds per game in his first season in the NBA.

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Suns Sign Ronnie Price To 2nd 10-Day Contract
Ronnie Price has not yet appeared in a game this season since initially signing a 10-day contract with the team on Jan. 27.

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Joel Embiid, Marquese Chriss Named Rookies Of The Month
Marquese Chriss averaged 8.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.4 steals for the month.

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Suns To Sign Ronnie Price To 10-Day Contract
Ronnie Price signed a two-year, $5 million deal with the Thunder but never played a regular season game with the team.

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Suns Seeking 1st Round Pick For P.J. Tucker With Clippers Interested
P.J. Tucker will be a free agent in 2017.

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Suns Waive John Jenkins
John Jenkins has averaged 1.8 points and 3.3 minutes in four appearances this season, and averaged 5.0 points and 13.0 minutes in 22 games with the Suns in 2015-16.

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Knicks Interested In Trading For P.J. Tucker
P.J. Tucker will be a free agent in the offseason.

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Suns Recall Derrick Jones Jr. From D-League
In 14 games overall with the NAZ Suns this season, Derrick Jones Jr. has averaged 14.0 points on 48.0 percent shooting and 6.1 rebounds in 32.1 minutes.

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Suns Could Move Brandon Knight Before Deadline
Brandon Knight is averaging 13.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 23.5 minutes per game this season.

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

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Suns Insert Marquese Chriss Into Starting Lineup
Marquese 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
Archie Goodwin has appeared in 150 career games (15 starts) with the Suns, averaging 6.2 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 14.5 minutes per contest.

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Suns Assign Derrick Jones Jr. To D-League
The Suns have assigned forward Derrick Jones Jr. to the Northern Arizona Suns.

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Devin Booker Calls Breakout Expectations 'Good Pressure To Have'
Devin Booker was voted the player most likely to breakout in a survey of NBA general managers.

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Suns Offer Ronnie Price Role As Assistant Coach
Ronnie Price is 33 and wants to continue his playing career.

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Suns Exercise 17-18 Options On Devin Booker, T.J. Warren
Devin Booker ranked fifth in the NBA in scoring this preseason, averaging 19.6 points in five appearances.

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Suns Release Archie Goodwin
Archie Goodwin has been a promising prospect since entering the NBA in 2013 after one season at Kentucky.

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