Jun 14, 2013 9:46 PM EDT
The Phoenix Suns may be targeting a post player in the NBA draft.
Jeff Hornacek recently hired Mark West and Roy Rogers to be part of his staff, suggesting a commitment to developmental work with young post players.
"Having two bigs coaches is kind of interesting in terms of where they might be going in the draft," one league personnel executive said.
Ryan McDonough suggested the Suns will avoid using the fifth and 30th picks on players who occupy similar areas of the floor.
Jun 11, 2013 4:37 PM EDT
Roy Rogers has agreed to join the coaching staff of the Phoenix Suns as an assistant.
Jeff Hornacek was hired this offseason as head coach of the Suns.
Rogers was also an option to join the coaching staff of the Sacramento Kings.
Jun 08, 2013 11:44 AM EDT
The Phoenix Suns have investigated the possibility of another first-round pick beyond their No. 5 and No. 30 slots.
“We’ve talked to a few teams about getting in the draft at different ranges,” Ryan McDonough said. “We have good assets to do that. We have to evaluate all of these guys, figure out where they’re going to go. And then if we can get in at a particular range where a guy is undervalued, we’ll try to get in and get him there.”
McDonough worked out six players on Friday, including C.J. Leslie, who could be on the board when it’s time for the Suns to make their second selection.
“Good athlete, very long, can do some nice things attacking from the elbow,” McDonough said. “It (the NBA) is becoming more positionless. For a guy with C.J.’s size and length and athletic ability, to be able to defend some of these really athletic 3s (small forwards) with some size, that would be intriguing to a guy like me.”
Jun 07, 2013 12:26 AM EDT
The Phoenix Suns have named Pat Connelly Assistant General Manager and Trevor Bukstein has been promoted to Assistant General Manager. Ronnie Lester has been named a scout and Emilio Kovacic has been named International Scouting Consultant. John Treloar will remain the team’s Director of Player Personnel; John Shumate and Bubba Burrage remain scouts.
The Suns hired Ryan McDonough as general manager this offseason.
Connelly joins the Suns following seven seasons with the Washington Wizards, most recently as the Director of Player Personnel where he was one of the team’s top scouting sources of collegiate and international talent.
Jun 06, 2013 1:34 PM EDT
Ryan McDonough has done extensive background research on Shabazz Muhammad.
“He checked out very well,” McDonough said. “I think a lot of the perception of Shabazz is unfair based on the information we’ve gathered.
“I think he’s one of hardest workers in the draft.”
Muhammad worked out for the Suns on Wednesday, and was joined by Victor Oladipo and Ben McLemore.
The Suns have the fifth overall pick in the draft.
“This was a really talented group,” McDonough said. “We had a bunch of guys in the gym who I think will end up in the lottery.”
Jun 02, 2013 2:30 PM EDT
Dwayne Davis, the draft prospect out of Southern Miss, has scheduled workouts for six NBA teams and interests those organizations as a possible second round pick, a source told RealGM.
Davis will work out for the Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Milwaukee Bucks, Atlanta Hawks and a sixth team that could sign the 6-foot-5 guard if he falls out of this month’s draft.
After averaging 16 points and 4.5 rebounds while shooting 41.3 percent from three-point range in his senior season at Southern Miss, Davis stood out in the pre-draft’s Portsmouth Invitational, earning workout opportunities despite not participating in the combine.
Davis, 23, grew up as a homeless child, living through foster care and looking after his siblings.
May 29, 2013 1:52 PM EDT
The 2013 Vegas Summer League will be comprised of 22 teams and run from July 12 to July 22.
Atlanta Hawks (2010-12)
Charlotte Bobcats (2008, 2012)
Chicago Bulls (2005, 2009-12)
Cleveland Cavaliers (2004-12)
Dallas Mavericks (2005-12)
Denver Nuggets (2004-12)
Golden State Warriors (2005-12)
L.A. Clippers (2005-12)
L.A. Lakers (2007-12)
Memphis Grizzlies (2007-12)
Miami Heat (2010-12)
Milwaukee Bucks (2007-12)
Minnesota Timberwolves (2006-12)
NBA D-League Select (2009-12)
New Orleans Pelicans (2005-12)
New York Knicks (2005-12)
Phoenix Suns (2004-12)
Portland Trail Blazers (2005-12)
Sacramento Kings (2005-12)
San Antonio Spurs (2007-12)
Toronto Raptors (2008-12)
Washington Wizards (2004-12)
May 26, 2013 4:50 PM EDT
Jeff Hornacek has agreed to become the next head coach of the Phoenix Suns.
Hornacek will sign a three-year deal with the Suns, the team that drafted him in 1986.
Hornacek became a shooting coach with the Utah Jazz in 2007 and moved into an assistant role in 2011 when Tyrone Corbin became head coach.
Hornacek's role with the Jazz was initially limited while his three children were still in the house.
Horancek is the brother-in-law of Suns head athletic trainer Aaron Nelson.
May 26, 2013 1:58 AM EDT
Jeff Hornacek has been offered the head coach position of the Phoenix Suns, according to league sources. Hornacek and the Suns are working on a contract and constructing a coaching staff.
Hornacek met with Lon Babby and Ryan McDonough in the past week.
Hornacek, 50, played the first six seasons of his 14-year NBA career with the Suns and remains a popular figure in the community.
Hornacek has also interviewed for the Charlotte Bobcats' coaching position.
May 22, 2013 5:05 PM EDT
The Phoenix Suns will pick fifth overall in the 2013 NBA Draft, their highest selection since 1987 when they selected Armen Gilliam at No. 2 after David Robinson went to the San Antonio Spurs.
The draft is considered very flat, which benefits the Suns at No. 5 more than certain seasons in the past.
“The guy who goes there might not be much different, or any different, than guys who go in the top three,” McDonough said.
The Suns will be the first team from the Western Conference selecting in this draft.
“I think generally we need to get more athletic,” Ryan McDonough said. “I think we need more shooting. My philosophy is always to draft the best available player. There are some good pieces in place here. But at the same time, we won 25 games here, so we need to get better across the board.”
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