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Chris Jent Named Head Coach Of Baskersfield Jam

Aug 27, 2015 4:35 PM

The Phoenix Suns and Bakersfield Jam have named Chris Jent head coach of the Jam.

"It's an honor to be named Head Coach of the Bakersfield Jam and to be a part of an organization like the Phoenix Suns," said Jent. "Personally, it's a great opportunity to once again be a Head Coach and there couldn't be a better setting in the NBA D-League to help players develop and reach their basketball potential than in Bakersfield. I can't wait to get into the gym with the team and try to do something special as a group."

Jent, 45, joins the Jam organization after spending the 2013-14 season and the beginning of the 2014-15 season as Michael Malone’s lead assistant with the Sacramento Kings. Prior to his role with the Kings, Jent served as an Assistant Coach at his alma mater Ohio State for two seasons (2011-13). During his tenure at Ohio State, the Buckeyes went 60-15 and earned a Final Four berth in 2012 and an Elite Eight appearance in 2013.

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Tags: Phoenix Suns, Bakersfield Jam, NBA, D-League, D-League Teams

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Suns Sign Henry Sims, Cory Jefferson To Camp Deals

Aug 25, 2015 7:21 PM

The Phoenix Suns have agreements for Henry Sims and Cory Jefferson to compete for roster spots.

Sims, 25, played 73 games last season for Philadelphia and started 32 games after starting 25 of his 26 appearances for the 76ers in the prior season.

Jefferson, 24, is a 6-foot-9, 218-pound power forward who played 50 games as a rookie last season for Brooklyn

Paul Coro/Arizona Republic

Tags: Henry Sims, Cory Jefferson, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Terrico White To Sign Deal With Suns

Aug 20, 2015 2:35 PM

Guard Terrico White has reached agreement on a free-agent contract with the Phoenix Suns, league sources told RealGM.

White’s agent, Daniel Hazan of Hazan Sports Management, confirmed the deal via text message Thursday.

White, the No. 36 overall pick to the Pistons in the 2010 NBA Draft, has spent time on the roster of Detroit and New Orleans. The 25-year-old has played the past three seasons overseas — averaging 11.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 42 games in 2014-15 for Enisey in Russia.

For Hazan, White will be the third client signed with an NBA team, joining Elijah Millsap (Utah Jazz) and Jarrid Famous (Dallas Mavericks) on minimum deals.

A 6-foot-5 two-guard, White starred at Ole Miss before declaring for the draft after his sophomore season, when he ranked ninth in the SEC in scoring at 15.1 points per game.

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Tags: Terrico White, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Markieff Morris Requests Trade From Suns

Aug 12, 2015 1:26 AM

Markieff Morris said he is determined to be traded by the Phoenix Suns.

“One thing for sure, I am not going to be there,” Morris said Tuesday.

"If you want to put that out there, you can put that out. I don’t give a [freak]. I am not going to be there at all. That’s just what it is."

Morris signed a four-year, $32 million extension in 2014. The Suns traded Marcus Morris this offseason and could suspend Markieff if he refuses to play. 

“I’ve got to show up. No question.” said Markieff Morris, who is scheduled to make $8 million this season. “You can’t do that. I will be a professional. Don’t get me wrong. 

“But it won’t get that far. … I’m going to be out before then, should be."

Keith Pompey/The Philadelphia Inquirer

Tags: Markieff Morris, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Suns Still Believe In Two Point Guard System

Jul 29, 2015 4:58 PM

The Phoenix Suns still believe they can run a two point guard system.

Phoenix entered last season with Eric Bledsoe, Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas, but traded away Dragic and Thomas in February. The Suns have Bledsoe and Brandon Knight on long-term contracts.

"The system is good so long as there’s buy-in from the players," Ryan McDonough said. "We value guys who can push the ball in transition, score in transition, and if that’s not there, can get into early offense and run a pick-and-roll. I think the more guys you have on the floor who can do that, the better.

"I think the issue last year was we had three pretty high-level players who all wanted the ball in their hands," McDonough said. "But again, 48 games into the year we were 28-20 despite losing a few games at the buzzer. So it’s not like [playing two point guards] didn’t work or was a disaster, as some people believe. It didn’t work as well as we would have hoped and the players didn’t accept it as well as we would’ve hoped and we had to deal with the repercussions of that."

Rob Mahoney/Sports Illustrated

Tags: Brandon Knight, Eric Bledsoe, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Ronnie Price, Suns Agree Upon One-Year Deal

Jul 15, 2015 3:12 PM

Ronnie Price and the Phoenix Suns have agreed upon a one-year veteran's minimum deal at $1.5 million.

Price previously played for the Suns during the 11-12 season.

Price gives the Suns extra depth at point guard.

Paul Coro/Arizona Republic

Tags: Ronnie Price, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Mirza Teletovic, Suns Agree Upon One-Year $5.5M Deal

Jul 9, 2015 7:11 PM

Mirza Teletovic and the Phoenix Suns have agreed upon a one-year, $5.5 million deal.

The Brooklyn Nets rescinded their qualifying offer to Teletovic.

David Aldridge/NBA.com

Tags: Mirza Teletovic, Phoenix Suns, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Gerald Green Agrees Upon One-Year Deal With Heat

Jul 9, 2015 11:30 AM

Gerald Green and the Miami Heat have agreed upon a one-year deal.

Green finally emerged as an effective NBA player during his time with the Phoenix Suns.

Green gives the Heat depth on the wings.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Gerald Green, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Sonny Weems, Suns Agree Upon Two-Year, $5.8M Deal

Jul 8, 2015 3:54 PM

Sonny Weems and the Phoenix Suns have agreed upon a two-year, $5.8 million deal.

Weems last played in the NBA in 2011 with the Toronto Raptors.

Weems has since played in Europe with Zalgiris and CSKA.

Weems turned 29 on July 8th.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Tags: Sonny Weems, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Spurs, Suns Considered Frontrunners For LaMarcus Aldridge

Jul 3, 2015 7:31 PM

The San Antonio Spurs and Phoenix Suns have emerged as the frontrunners to sign LaMarcus Aldridge.

Aldridge has also considered the Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks and Portland Trail Blazers.

The Suns' position has improved following the signing of Tyson Chandler and their meetings.

The Spurs and Lakers were considered the favorites heading into the process.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: LaMarcus Aldridge, Phoenix Suns, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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LaMarcus Aldridge Grants Lakers 2nd Meeting; Considering Visits
LaMarcus Aldridge is believed to be most strongly considering the Suns and Spurs.

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Suns Trade Marcus Morris, Reggie Bullock, Granger To Pistons For Cap Space
The Suns are looking to clear cap space as they pursue free agent targets.

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Amar'e Receiving Interest From Rockets, Mavs, Clippers, Suns
Amar'e Stoudemire finished last season with the Mavericks following his release by Knicks.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Suns Not Interested In Trading Away Eric Bledsoe
Eric Bledsoe actually sat in on the Suns' meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Grizzlies Agree Upon Three-Year, $18M Deal With Brandan Wright
Brandan Wright played for the Mavericks, Celtics and Suns last season.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Suns Move Alongside Spurs As Top Contenders For LaMarcus Aldridge
The Suns gained momentum going into their LaMarcus Aldridge meeting with their free agent signing of Tyson Chandler.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tyson Chandler, Suns Agree Upon Four-Year, $52M Contract
The Suns are bringing Tyson Chandler into their meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge as part of their pitch.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Brandon Knight, Suns Agree Upon Five-Year, $70M Deal
Brandon Knight and the Suns have agreed upon a five-year, $70 million deal.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Derrick Williams To Receive Interest From Kings, Wizards, Rockets, Lakers, Heat, Suns, Knicks
Derrick Williams has been with the Kings since 2013 when he was traded by the Wolves.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

LaMarcus Aldridge Sets Order Of Free Agency Meetings
LaMarcus Aldridge will meet with seven teams in free agency.

David Aldridge/NBA.com

Suns May Struggle To Find Acceptable Trade Of Eric Bledsoe
Eric Bledsoe has four years and $57 million left on his contract.

Sean Deveney/Sporting News

Report: Suns, Brandon Knight To Agree Upon Five-Year, $70M Deal
Brandon Knight becomes a restricted free agent on July 1st.

Gery Woelfel/Journal Times

Suns Hope To Pursue LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love In Free Agency
The Suns will also have another priority in Brandon Knight.

Paul Coro/Arizona Republic

Suns Trade Rights To Andrew Harrison To Grizzlies For Jon Leuer
The Suns selected Harrison with the 44th overall pick.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Danny Granger Exercises Player Option For 15-16
Danny Granger was acquired by the Suns from the Heat in a trade on Feb. 19, 2015.

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Lon Babby Steps Down As President Of Suns
Ryan McDonough will become head of basketball operations for the Suns with Lon Babby transitioning to a senior advisor role.

Paul Coro/Arizona Republic

Jeff Hornacek Rejects Opportunity To Interview With Iowa State
Jeff Hornacek discussed the Iowa State rumors with the media on Tuesday and reaffirmed his commitment to the Suns.

Andrew Joseph/Arizona Republic

Report: Shawn Marion's Desire Of Max Contract Blew Up Trade Sending Kevin Garnett To Suns In 2007
Shawn Marion was offered a four-year contract to stay with the Heat but not the max.

Dan Le Batard/Miami Herald

Jeff Hornacek On Iowa State: I'm Coach Of The Suns As Far As I Know
There have been reports that Jeff Hornacek could be a candidate for the Iowa State job should Fred Hoiberg leave.

Travis Hines/Ames Tribune

Wolves Win 2015 NBA Draft Lottery
The Wolves have won the lottery with the Lakers moving up to No. 2 and the 76ers staying at No. 3.

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