Mar 07, 2014 11:18 AM EST
The Phoenix Suns were widely expected to have one of the worst records in the NBA, but Jeff Hornacek has managed to get his roster to overachieve.
“They’ve all done something more than they’ve done last year,” Hornacek said.
Seven veterans on the Suns are averaging career highs.
“They felt like this year they’re going to get a real opportunity,” Channing Frye said of his teammates. “We all do something different and so they’re flourishing in that role. When you have a coach like Jeff, even though you make mistakes, you’re still going to get opportunities if you put in work outside the court. With some teams, they go in as the one piece and that piece is interchangeable and they don’t feel like they’re important. But everybody on this team is important. Everybody is doing the best they can and staying ready every night.” The reason we’ve been successful is, at any moment, somebody could get their chance so they’re staying ready. That is really the pressure for everyone to constantly get better and be ready and to really embrace what we’re trying to do.”
“The coaches have really done a great job of putting us in places to be successful,” Gerald Green said. “Everybody gets an opportunity to go out there and play. Jeff has confidence in everybody. A lot of coaches don’t do that. He’s just so positive and has so much energy and faith in us.
“I still feel like I’ve got a lot to learn and a lot to prove. I still have so much that could get better.” I could get better at my ball-handling. I could get better at my defense. I could get stronger. I feel like my decision-making could get better. My pick-and-roll could be better. I’m blessed to have the season we’re having but to me, if we don’t make the playoffs, this season means nothing to me.”
Mar 06, 2014 12:39 AM EST
Eric Bledsoe will return to the Phoenix Suns' lineup in the coming week and is expected to play no earlier than Sunday at Golden State and no later than next Wednesday against Cleveland.
Bledsoe underwent arthroscopic surgery Jan. 10 and has been rehabilitating with significant recent progress.
Bledsoe participated in full-court, five-on-five scrimmaging on Wednesday for the third time in five days.
“You don’t know how they’ll come back,” Jeff Hornacek said. “We might bring Eric in off the bench a little bit. We hope he’s there at the end of game. If you throw him right into the starting lineup, it might screw you up for a few games."
Bledsoe has averaged 18.0 points and 5.8 assists this season and the Suns have a 16-8 record with him.
Mar 05, 2014 12:58 AM EST
Leandro Barbosa fractured his left hand in Tuesday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers and will be out indefinitely.
The Phoenix Suns' guard will not require surgery.
Barbosa is averaging 7.8 points this season, after suffering a torn ACL last year.
Mar 02, 2014 3:36 PM EST
The Phoenix Suns are far ahead of schedule in competing for a playoff spot this season, but the long-term plans of Ryan McDonough remain unchanged.
“Our long-term approach hasn’t changed,” said McDonough. “We’re trying to get great players, through the draft or trade or free agency, but in the short term I think we’re ahead of what most people thought we would be. If we can use things like our cap space to help solidify our team we’ll do that, but at the same time we’re happy with the group we have.”
The Suns stood pat at the deadline and could have as much as $25 million in cap space in the offseason.
“We’re trying to be patient and not do anything to jeopardize our cap space for long-term planning,” McDonough said. “We feel like we’re off to a good start. We have a good foundation to be successful with our financial flexibility, draft picks, and most importantly, with the ways our young guys have played and what they’ve shown. But we’ve still got a ways to go to get from pretty good to great — that championship level.”
Mar 02, 2014 1:39 PM EST
Eric Bledsoe advanced in his rehabilitation from knee surgery by participating in a limited time of five-on-five scrimmaging.
Bledsoe had surgery on Jan. 10 and has not dealt with pain or swelling.
“You can see the explosiveness,” Ryan McDonough said. “You can see the burst, the ability to get by his guy and create separation and finish at the rim.”
Bledsoe's rehab will continue to be increased in the coming days as long as his knee remains healthy.
Mar 01, 2014 1:53 PM EST
Free agent center Shavlik Randolph has signed with the Phoenix Suns for the rest of the season, with a team option for 2014-15, his agent, Joel Bell, told RealGM.
Randolph had been with Foshan of the Chinese Basketball Association this season, averaging 22.3 points and 12.3 rebounds.
To create roster space, the Suns released Slava Kravtsov.
Undrafted in 2005, Randolph bounced around in the NBA and overseas after spending his first three seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers. He has also played for the Portland Trail Blazers, Miami Heat and Boston Celtics. He was a productive reserve for the Celtics a season ago, scoring 4.2 points and grabbing 4.4 rebounds a night in 16 games.
Randolph, 30, has played six NBA seasons.
Feb 19, 2014 1:44 PM EST
The Brooklyn Nets are now willing to go forward with a trade for Jordan Hill despite a huge tax hit.
The Nets can acquire Hill using their Disabled Player Exception.
The Los Angeles Lakers are talking to multiple teams about Hill, who does not figure in their long-term plans.
The cost of acquiring Hill would be approximately $17 million to the Nets.
The Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks have also discussed a trade for Hill with the Lakers, according to ESPN's Dave McMenamin.
Feb 13, 2014 5:15 PM EST
Pau Gasol reiterated on Thursday that he hopes to stay with the Los Angeles Lakers for the rest of the season.
"My preference would be to stay," Gasol said. "That's what I've been saying all year, though the circumstances are difficult right now for our team and nobody's too happy. But it's still my team and I still want to be here."
"I don't take it personal. I appreciate that a lot of teams have showed a lot of interest in me and believe in my abilities to make them better and help them be a better team."
The Phoenix Suns broke off trade talks with the Lakers centered on Gasol, but discussions could resume before next Thursday's NBA trade deadline.
"Things are kind of quiet right now," Gasol said, referring to the Suns without mentioning them by name. "But I think there's something potential. But right now the offer would have to change a little to make it considerable."
Gasol is currently sidelined due to a strained groin.
Feb 12, 2014 11:39 AM EST
Eric Bledsoe emerged as a star this season with the Phoenix Suns until his knee surgery in January. Bledsoe averaged 18.0 points, 5.8 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game.
Bledsoe will be a restricted free agent and Lon Babby plans to match any potential offer in the open market.
"I think our answer to that is yes, that we know enough about Eric as a player," Babby said. "Even more importantly, we've lived with him now for almost a year as a person. We like everything about him. Like him as a teammate, like him as a representative of our franchise and everything that he stands for.
"He's got a tremendous future."
Babby hopes the Suns can sign Bledsoe outright instead of going through the process of matching.
"If you ask me today, I would say absolutely we are going to match any offer, but I hope it doesn't come to that. I hope Eric has developed enough of a feeling, and my instincts are that he likes it here."
Feb 11, 2014 12:51 PM EST
The Boston Celtics continue to discuss trades, most notably a deal involving Brandon Bass.
The Charlotte Bobcats, Golden State Warriors and Phoenix Suns are interested in Bass.
"You can't let that affect your game," Bass told CSNNE.com earlier. "You just have to go out and play your game, do what you do and whatever happens, happens."
"Most guys that have been around this league, if you're worth anything you're involved in trade rumors, you're involved in discussions," said Danny Ainge. "It's just part of the world we live in. I don't know what you can do except just play."
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