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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

Jul 28, 2016 6:47 PM

Amar'e Stoudemire had hoped to return to the Phoenix Suns to finish his career.

Stoudemire retired from the NBA by signing a one-day ceremonial contract with the the New York Knicks. Stoudemire signed with the Knicks in free agency in 2010 and then played for the Mavericks in 2015 and Heat in 15-16 after being bought out.

“The last two years, we made phone calls to Phoenix but I wasn’t getting any positive response,” Stoudemire said on Thursday. “That would’ve been the perfect way to go out. I didn’t want to beg Phoenix. My heart was in two places – Phoenix and New York. I just went where I was wanted.”

The Suns added Dragan Bender and Marquese Chriss at power forward in the draft and then signed Jared Dudley.

“They brought back Jared and Leandro, my boys,” Stoudemire said. “That would’ve been a heck of a way to finish. I wasn’t just going to keep knocking on someone’s door that wasn’t going to answer.

“I love my fans in Phoenix. Most of my high times and highlights were in Phoenix. I put forth the effort to finish my career in Phoenix but it wasn’t well-received.”

Stoudemire hasn't ruled out playing overseas.

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Suns Finalize Earl Watson's Coaching Staff Headlined By Jay Triano, Tyrone Corbin

Jul 27, 2016 5:51 PM

The Phoenix Suns have announced Earl Watson’s coaching staff, naming Jay Triano associate head coach, Tyrone Corbin and Nate Bjorkgren assistant coaches, Marlon Garnett assistant coach/player development coordinator, and Scott Duncan and Jason Fraser player development coaches.

“As a family we are excited with the additions we have made into our program,” said Watson. “Each coach possesses a unique passion to teach, and the chemistry of our staff is as important as the structure of our roster. We are very lucky to have this creative group assembled.”

Triano comes to the Suns following four seasons as an assistant coach with the Portland Trail Blazers including in Watson’s final season as a player in 2013-14. Formerly the head coach of the Toronto Raptors from 2008-11, Triano was the first Canadian-born head coach in NBA history. Prior to his three seasons as head coach of the Raptors, he was an assistant coach with the team for six seasons from 2002-08.

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Leandro Barbosa, Suns Agree To Two-Year, $8M Deal

Jul 6, 2016 11:43 PM

Leandro Barbosa has agreed to sign a two-year, $8 million deal with the Phoenix Suns. The second season of Barbosa's contract will be a team option.

Barbosa spent the past two seasons in a key bench role with the Golden State Warriors. Golden State could only offer the veteran's minimum to sign Barbosa.

Barbosa began his NBA career with the Suns.

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Jared Dudley Agrees To Three-Year, $30M Deal With Suns

Jul 1, 2016 10:12 PM

Jared Dudley has agreed upon a three-year, $30 million deal with the Phoenix Suns.

Dudley previously played for the Suns from 2008 until 2013. Dudley then did one-year stints with the Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks and Washington Wizards.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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