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Popovich Fires Back At Sarver Apologizing To Phoenix Crowd For Spurs' Absent Players

Gregg Popovich responded Saturday to Robert Sarver, who grabbed a mic late in Thursday’s exhibition game to apologize to the Phoenix Suns' home crowd after five San Antonio Spurs players missed the game.

“As I said, the silliness begins," Popovich said. "Most wise individuals would check facts before they made statements. Unless you’re interested in putting on a show. In that case, the facts get in your way, as in this case.

“We had five guys we didn’t send: Patty Mills had a shoulder operation. Tiago Splitter has been out the whole preseason. Kawhi Leonard was out and is still out for 10 more days. The other two, Duncan and Ginobili, are two of the oldest guys in the league who just came back from a 13-day European trip.

“The only thing that surprises me is that he didn’t say it in a chicken suit. I’ll just leave it at that.”

Via Dan McCarney/San Antonio Express-News

Suns Consider Keeping Earl Barron For Season

The Phoenix Suns have 15 guaranteed contracts and a non-guaranteed deal in Earl Barron remains on the roster.

Barron is still a candidate to stay with the Suns into the regular season.

Barron could be competing with Shavlik Randolph for the 15th spot; Randolph has guaranteed salary for $1.23 million.

"The one guy that sticks out and is really fighting for the team is Earl Barron," Jeff Hornacek said. "He's still on the roster for a reason. I know our guys are saying, 'If he's going to help us and we have to eat a contract somewhere, I think Robert (Sarver, the managing partner) is willing to do that.' If it's going to help us win games and he's better than another guy, Robert is all for it."

Via Paul Coro/Arizona Republic

RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On NBA Season Over-Unders

In this two-part episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Arturo Galletti of BoxScoreGeeks.com (@ArturoGalletti) go through the over-unders for all 30 NBA teams for the 14-15 season. 

Timestamps for the discussion on each team:

Part One

Atlanta Hawks (40.5 wins)- 

2:10

Boston Celtics (26.5 wins)- 

6:13

Brooklyn Nets (41.5 wins)- 

8:58

Charlotte Hornets (45.5 wins)- 

14:35

Chicago Bulls (55.5 wins)- 

16:58

Cleveland Cavaliers (58.5 wins)- 

25:23

Dallas Mavericks (49.5 wins)- 

33:15

Denver Nuggets (40.5 wins)- 

38:36

Detroit Pistons (36.5 wins)- 

43:05

Golden State Warriors (50.5 wins)- 

48:09

Houston Rockets (49.5 wins)- 

54:25

Indiana Pacers (32.5 wins)- 

1:00:46

Los Angeles Clippers (55.5 wins)- 

1:06:32

Los Angeles Lakers (31.5 wins)- 

1:12:07

Memphis Grizzlies (48.5 wins)- 

1:17:25

Miami Heat (43.5 wins)- 

1:21:13

Lightning Round

1:25:43

Click here to listen or download Part 1 

Part Two

Milwaukee Bucks (24.5 wins)- 

1:20

Minnesota Timberwolves (25.5 wins)- 

4:30

New Orleans Pelicans (41.5 wins)- 

9:25

New York Knicks (40.5 wins)- 

14:15

Oklahoma City Thunder (57.5 wins)- 

22:12

Orlando Magic (28.5 wins)- 

28:50

Philadelphia 76ers (15.5 wins)- 

34:52

Phoenix Suns (42.5 wins)- 

40:11

Portland Trail Blazers (48.5 wins)- 

44:01

Sacramento Kings (30.5 wins)- 

46:46

San Antonio Spurs (56.5 wins)- 

49:31

Toronto Raptors (49.5 wins)- 

54:49

Utah Jazz (25.5 wins)- 

58:26

Washington Wizards (49.5 wins)- 

1:01:20

Other bets on the board-

Click here to listen or download Part 2

You can also click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Suns Release Joe Jackson, Casey Prather, Jamil Wilson

The Phoenix Suns have waived Joe Jackson, Casey Prather and Jamil Wilson.

Jackson recorded two points in seven minutes in one appearance this preseason, while Prather played five minutes in one appearance and Wilson totaled nine minutes in two appearances.

The Suns’ roster now stands at 16 players.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Alex Len Sidelined With Fractured Pinky Finger

Alen Len will be out indefinitely with a fracture of the right hand fifth finger (pinky), the Phoenix Suns announced on Tuesday. 

Len will be re-evaluated on Oct. 15.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Suns Expect To Have Cap Space While Keeping Core In Place In Coming Seasons

The Phoenix Suns signed Eric Bledsoe, Markieff Morris and Marcus Morris to new contracts recently, which look like even better deals in light of the NBA's new television contract.

"We feel like the contracts were good values for us, regardless of the new TV deal," Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough said. "The incoming revenue will change the financial picture of the league going forward. It will have a drastic impact on the salary cap. We were aware it was going to increase significantly. We factored that in."

The Suns have a good portion of their core under contract already, which could give them cap space when it escalates in the coming seasons.

"Between the contract extensions and the guys we've drafted in the past two years, we have most of our players under control for a long time," McDonough said. "With the cap escalating in a few years, we'll have some opportunities to add to our nucleus, keeping the core guys here but adding good guys to go along with them and push us to that championship level."

Via Paul Coro/Arizona Republic

Markieff, Marcus Morris Agree Upon Four-Year Extensions With Suns

Markieff and Marcus Morris have agreed to contract extensions with the Phoenix Suns, according to sources.

Markieff's deal is worth $32 million over four seasons, while Marcus will earn $20 million over four, according to Paul Coro.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Robert Sarver Still Regrets Allowing Joe Johnson To Leave Suns

Robert Sarver still regrets the departure of Joe Johnson as a free agent in 2005.

The Phoenix Suns were $833,333 per year apart on an extension before Johnson's last season with the team.

As a free agent, Johnson felt like the Suns tried to lower his value and did not make an offer, prompting him to ask that they not match the Atlanta Hawks' $70 million offer ($20 million more than he had wanted nine months earlier).

"I beat myself up about that one because we were in a position where that piece could have helped us probably extend our chance to run for a longer period of time," Sarver said.

Via Paul Coro/Arizona Republic

Zoran Dragic, Suns Agree Upon Two-Year, $4.01M Deal

Slovenian star Zoran Dragic has reached agreement with the Phoenix Suns on contract terms for a two-year, $4,012,500 million deal, league sources told RealGM.

Dragic decided last weekend to leave his European club, BC Unicaja Malaga, for the NBA, and the 6-foot-5 shooting guard had worked on negotiations with the Suns in recent days. The two sides agreed upon final terms of Dragic's new deal on Thursday afternoon.

Dragic will join his brother, Goran Dragic, in the NBA with the Suns.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Jamil Wilson To Sign With Suns

Undrafted free-agent forward Jamil Wilson has agreed to a deal with the Phoenix Suns, a league source told RealGM.

Wilson, 23, played his college basketball for one season at Oregon and his final three at Marquette. He averaged 11.7 points and 5.9 rebounds as a senior.

After going unselected in the June NBA Draft, Wilson went to summer league with the Washington Wizards.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Phoenix Suns Archives

Eric Bledsoe Agrees To Five-Year, $70M Deal With Suns

Eric Bledsoe has agreed to a five-year, $70 million contract with the Suns, according to sources.

Eric Bledsoe, Suns Make Significant Progress In Contract Talks

Eric Bledsoe and the Suns have made progress on a new contract this week.

Wolves Offer Max Contract To Eric Bledsoe, Pushing For Sign-And-Trade

The Wolves are offering Eric Bledsoe a four-year, $63 million max contract.

RealGM Radio: On The Pacific Division With Winter And Partnow

The three review the summer moves for all five teams including the ownership change for the Clippers and new coaches for the Warriors and Lakers.

Morris Twins Told Teams Before 2011 Draft They'd Accept Less Money To Stay Together

Markieff Morris came into the NBA with the Suns and then Marcus Morris was traded there in 2013.

Joe Jackson Finalizing Free Agent Deal With Suns

Joe Jackson is finalizing a free-agent contract with the Suns, a league source told RealGM.

Lakers Interested In Bledsoe, Dragic In 2015 Free Agency

The Lakers would be interested in either Eric Bledsoe or Goran Dragic if they reach free agency next summer.

Zoran Dragic Being Tracked By Multiple Teams

Zoran Dragic has played for Unicaja Malaga since the 12-13 season and is the younger brother of Goran Dragic.

Casey Prather, Earl Barron Sign Camp Deals With Suns

Casey Prather and Earl Barron have accepted training camp invitations with the Suns.

Suns Made Last Ditch Bid For Love With Offer Of Eric Bledsoe

Eric Bledsoe has been seeking a five-year, $85 million max contract and would consider only a max deal in a sign-and-trade, which would be four years and $64 million.

Tyler Ennis Sees Crowded Suns' Backcourt As 'Good Thing'

The Suns have a clear logjam at point guard with Goran Dragic, Isaiah Thomas, Tyler Ennis and presumably an eventually re-signed Eric Bledsoe.

Isaiah Thomas Undergoes Successful Surgery On Left Wrist

Isaiah Thomas today underwent a successful arthroscopy of his left wrist.

P.J. Tucker Suspended Three Games By NBA For Extreme DUI

P.J. Tucker has been suspended three games without pay for pleading guilty to driving while under the extreme influence in Arizona.

Alec Brown To Sign With Obradoiro

Alec Brown is expected to resume basketball activity in late October or November.

Suns Still Hope To Sign Eric Bledose To Long-Term Deal

The Suns are open to further contract talks with Eric Bledsoe, who remains in limbo as a restricted free agent.

Suns Open To Negotiating Upon 'Fair Offer' To Eric Bledsoe

Robert Sarver believes the Suns have made a "fair offer" to Eric Bledsoe in unrestricted free agency.

P.J. Tucker Arrested In May For 'Super Extreme' DUI

P.J. Tucker had a blood alcohol content over .20.

Bledsoe: Suns Using Restricted Free Agency Rules Against Me

Eric Bledsoe remains unsigned after receiving a four-year, $48 million offer from the Suns.

Suns Waive Dionte Christmas

Dionte Christmas averaged 2.29 points in 31 appearances for the Suns last season.

Suns Maintain Hope Of Re-Signing Eric Bledsoe

The Suns have been negotiating with Eric Bledsoe.
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