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RealGM Radio: Elhassan On The Suns, Duncan On Nike Hoop Summit

In this week's episode of RealGM Radio, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) talks with Amin Elhassan of ESPN and Nate Duncan of Basketball Insiders.

Amin Elhassan (@AminESPN) comes on to go in depth on the Phoenix Suns for The Eliminated, hitting topics including their upcoming free agents, whether they can combine their many assets to get a high end player, and their long-term ceiling. After that, Amin and Danny discuss broader NBA topics like the most interesting off-seasons, the battle for Kevin Love, and how to deal with Restricted Free Agents.

After that, Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) recaps the Nike Hoop Summit, an annual week-long event showcasing potential stars from around the world in Portland. This year's crop included highly touted incoming freshmen like Jahlil Okafor, Emmanuel Mudiay, and Karl Towns along with longer-term players to follow.

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Via RealGM Staff Report

Goran Dragic Named NBA's Most Improved Player

Goran Dragic has won the NBA's Most Improved Player of the Year award.

Klay Thompson finished second and Anthony Davis was third.

Gerald Green, DeAndre Jordan, Kyle Lowry, Blake Griffin, DeMar DeRozan and Patty Mills rounded out the top-9.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Spurs, Clippers, Thunder, Heat, Warriors Finish In Top-5 In Efficiency Differential

The San Antonio Spurs finished the 13-14 regular season with the best efficiency differential in the NBA with a mark of +8.1. The Spurs scored 110.5 points per 100 possession while allowing 102.4 points per 100 possessions.

The Los Angeles Clippers ranked second, followed by the Oklahoma City Thunder, Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors. 

The Indiana Pacers, Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors and Phoenix Suns round out the top-10.

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Via RealGM Staff Report

Channing Frye Hopes To Discuss Extension With Suns

Channing Frye has a $6.8 million player option for next season and would like to negotiate a contract extension.

Frye averaged 11.2 points and 5.1 rebounds this season on 43.3 percent shooting, including 37.1 percent on 3s.

"I want to talk to the Suns and make sure we're both on the same page about what I want," Frye said. "I'd love to stay here. It's up to them and their future and what they want to do. I love wearing this uniform. I think I take a little more pride in it than everyone else because I'm from here.

"It's looking for the future and if I could get something longer. I got kids and I want to be somewhere. I've been here for five years already so it wouldn't be bad to kind of not be worried about being traded or buying a house."

Only Goran Dragic ($7.5 million) and amnestied Josh Childress ($7.32 million) are on the Suns' books for more next season, although restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe stands to make more.

Via Paul Coro/Arizona Republic

P.J. Tucker Hopes To Re-Sign Long-Term With Suns

P.J. Tucker wants to re-sign with the Phoenix Suns when he becomes a free agent in July, but the veteran forward knows a deal will be for a higher price than the veteran-minimum salary he has played for the past two seasons.

"Of course, why would I not?" Tucker said. "They brought me here. I think I exceeded their expectations and mine with what has transpired. Of course, I want to retire a Sun.

Tucker is averaging 9.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. Forbes magazine named Tucker the most underpaid player in the league for his $884,000 salary.

"The love I have for this organization will always be," Tucker said. "They gave me a chance to prove myself and actually to prove that I'm a player in this league. It's almost emotional for me to think about everything I've been through and for them to give me an opportunity to do it. Not just to be on the team, but in two seasons, I've started a whole year and a half for the team on a minimum contract. That doesn't happen.

"When I sit back and think about it, which I never do, it's too much. So I'll always be indebted."

Via Paul Coro/Arizona Republic

Gerald Green: Time Away From NBA Changed Career

After finding himself without an NBA job in 2009, Gerald Green played two seasons in Russia and another in China before signing with the Brooklyn Nets in 2012, and his immaturity was replaced by humility.

“When you go places in life that you think you’ll never go, you change a little bit,” he said. “You mature a lot faster. I knew something had to change. It either was going to be me or I wasn’t going to be back in the league. That made it an easy decision for me to change. Two years ago, I was nowhere to be found. Now I’m older, more mature, understand that this is not a hobby, this is a job.”

Green proved himself with the Nets for the Indiana Pacers to sign him to a three-year deal.

“I’ve been through a lot and used to take things for granted,” said Green, now 28. “Ever since I’ve come back into the league, I’ve always taken it like this is my second opportunity to prove myself that I should be in this league. I haven’t done anything yet.”

Via Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

P.J. Tucker Suspended One Game By NBA For Elbowing Blake Griffin

P.J. Tucker was suspended one game without pay for elbowing Blake Griffin in the chin, the NBA announced.

The incident occurred with 5:28 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Los Angeles Clippers' 112-105 win over the Phoenix Suns on March 10.

Tucker will serve his suspension on Wednesday when the Suns host the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Hornacek Cites Roster-Wide Improvement For Surprising Season

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.”


Via Paul Coro/Arizona Republic

Eric Bledsoe Expected To Return To Suns By Next Week

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.

Via Paul Coro/Arizona Republic

Leandro Barbosa Out Indefinitely With Fractured Hand

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.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Phoenix Suns Archives

Suns Haven't Changed Long-Term Approach Amid Surprising Success

The Suns stood pat at the deadline and could have as much as $25 million in cap space in the offseason.

Eric Bledsoe Participates In Limited Five-On-Five Scrimmages

Eric Bledsoe had knee surgery on Jan. 10 and has not dealt with pain or swelling.

Shavlik Randolph Signs With Suns For Remainder Of Season

Shavlik Randolph's deal with the Suns contains a team option for 2014-15.

Nets, Suns, Mavericks Interested In Jordan Hill

The cost of acquiring Jordan Hill would be approximately $17 million to the Nets.

Pau Gasol Prefers To Stay With Lakers, Sees Potential In Suns' Offer

Pau Gasol reiterated on Thursday that he hopes to stay with the Lakers for the rest of the season.

Suns Plan On Matching Any Offer To Eric Bledsoe In Restricted Free Agency

Eric Bledsoe averaged 18.0 points, 5.8 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game.

Brandon Bass Receiving Interest From Bobcats, Warriors, Suns

The Celtics continue to discuss trades, most notably a deal involving Brandon Bass.

Suns Inquired About Zach Randolph

The Suns have had a far better than expected season and have been interested in acquiring a veteran big.

Miles Plumlee Replaces Pero Antic In Rising Stars Game

Miles Plumlee is averaging 9.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game this season.

Source: Suns Stop Trade Talks For Pau Gasol Due To Lakers' Price

The Lakers covet one of the Suns' valuable first round picks in the discussions.

Pau Gasol Out At Least Two Weeks

Pau Gasol will miss at least six more games and won't return until after All-Star weekend.

Lakers Seek Better First Round Pick Than Currently Offered By Suns

The Suns could own as many as four first round picks.

Suns Waiting On Gasol's Injury Before Deciding Whether To Advance Talks With Lakers

Pau Gasol averaged 20.8 points and 11.9 rebounds per game in January.

Kyle Lowry, Goran Dragic Named NBA Players Of The Week

Kyle Lowry and Goran Dragic were two of the biggest snubs for the All-Star Game.

Suns Considering Trade For Pau Gasol

Pau Gasol has an expiring contract.

Lakers Might Pursue Eric Bledsoe In Restricted Free Agency

The Lakers would presumably have to overpay Eric Bledsoe in order for the Suns not to match.

Suns Sign Leandro Barbosa For Remainder Of Season

Leandro Barbosa is averaging 8.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 21.4 minutes.

Goran Dragic To Receive $1M Bonus If Named To All-Star Game

Goran Dragic is one of two players in the NBA averaging at least 19 points on 49 percent shooting and six assists per game with LeBron James being the other.

Suns Holding Valued Trade Asset In Emeka Okafor's Insured Contract

The Suns will swing big ahead of the deadline with Emeka Okafor's insured contract and a plethora of picks.

Suns Recall Archie Goodwin From D-League

The Suns have recalled guard Archie Goodwin from the Jam of the NBA Development League.
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