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Suns Acquire Marquese Chriss From Kings

Jun 23, 2016 8:23 PM

The Sacramento Kings have traded Marquese Chriss, selected with the eighth overall pick, to the Phoenix Suns.

Sacramento will acquire the 13th overall pick, 28th overall pick, a 2020 second rounder and Bogdan Bogdanovic. 

The Suns have had a need for an athletic power forward.

Phoenix selected Dragan Bender earlier in the draft with the third overall pick.

Both Bender and Chriss are good shooters and they should be able to play with each other at center and power forward.

Adrian Wojnarowski, Shams Charania/The Vertical

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Suns Offered Eric Bledsoe, Lottery Pick To Jazz For Gordon Hayward

Jun 23, 2016 10:22 AM

The Phoenix Suns attempted to acquire Gordon Hayward from the Utah Jazz by offering Eric Bledsoe and a lottery pick.

The Jazz acquired George Hill from the Indiana Pacers in exchange for their own lottery pick on the eve of the draft.

The Suns have been shopping both Bledsoe and Brandon Knight.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Eric Bledsoe, Gordon Hayward, Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Dunc'd On: Larry Coon, Jaylen Brown Scouting Report, Suns Offseason

Jun 15, 2016 10:58 PM

NBA Cap guru Larry Coon (@LarryCoon) on the 2016 cap spike, the issues for a potential work stoppage in 2017, and Sports Business Classroom. At 32:00, a scouting report on Jaylen Brown. Why Nate really likes him in spite of some really bad statistical translations. Then (55:00), a look at the Phoenix Suns offseason, how they can use their projected $28 million in cap space. Can they clear up the logjam in the backcourt with Eric Bledsoe, Brandon Knight, and Devin Booker? Plus, a look at the issues created by their three first-round picks this year.

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Tags: Jaylen Brown, Phoenix Suns, NBA, Dunc'd On

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Suns To Enter Contract Talks With Bogdan Bogdanovic

Jun 15, 2016 1:46 PM

The Phoenix Suns will enter negotiations with Bogdan Bogdanovic to bring him over to the NBA.

This is the last year that Bogdanovic would be required to sign on the NBA rookie scale as the Suns' No. 27 draft pick in 2014. That contract could pay him up to $5.7 million over four years, including two team options. The Suns are allowed to contribute as much as $650,000 toward Bogdanovic's buyout from Fenerbahce with Bogdanovic paying the remainder. 

If Bogdanovic does not sign with the Suns this year, they would retain his rights in 2017 but Bogdanovic could then negotiate a contract for any amount with the minimum being his draft year's rookie salary scale. 

Ryan McDonough said the Suns would allow Bogdanovic to have a few days after the Turkish League finals were complete before they talked to him by phone to "figure out before the draft if he's going to come over for next season." 

Paul Coro/Arizona Republic

Tags: Bogdan Bogdanovic, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International

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76ers Win Lottery, Lakers Get 2nd Pick, Celtics 3rd

May 17, 2016 8:22 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have won the NBA Draft Lottery while the Los Angeles Lakers get to keep their pick at No. 2 and the Boston Celtics will draft third.

For the second straight season, the team with the worst record in the NBA won the lottery after the Wolves won it in 2015. The NBA had 10 straight seasons of a team moving up before Minnesota.

1. Philadelphia 76ers

2. Los Angeles Lakers

3. Boston Celtics (from Brooklyn)

4. Phoenix Suns

5. Minnesota Timberwolves 

6. New Orleans Pelicans 

7. Denver Nuggets (swap with Knicks)

8. Sacramento Kings 

9. Toronto Raptors (from Knicks via Denver swap)

10. Milwaukee Bucks

11. Orlando Magic 

12. Utah Jazz

13. Phoenix Suns (from Washington)

14. Chicago Bulls

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Lon Babby Fully Ends Tenure With Suns

May 5, 2016 6:15 PM

The tenure with Lon Babby with the Phoenix Suns is now formally over.

Babby took a step back from the Suns last summer and was a part-time senior adviser after a five-year run as president of basketball operations.

“I’m very appreciative for the opportunity to come to Phoenix, be part of a wonderful community and see and learn a lot of things that have been very gratifying,” Babby said. “I look forward to staying involved here in the community and being more involved with my family. I turned 65 in February and consider myself a full-fledged snowbird.”

Babby had represented Grant Hill, Tim Duncan, Ray Allen and others as an agent. 

Paul Coro/Arizona Republic

Tags: Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Suns Agree To Multi-Year Deal With Earl Watson To Remain Head Coach

Apr 19, 2016 3:11 PM

The Phoenix Suns have agreed upon a three-year agreement with Earl Watson to remain as head coach.

Watson replaced Jeff Hornacek before the All-Star break this season on an interim basis.

The Suns were in the midst of a disappointing season and the players appeared to respond to Watson.

Players strongly supported Watson in exit meetings and were unanimous in wanting him retrained, which helped influence management.

Marc J. Spears/The Undefeated

Tags: Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Suns Purchase Bakersfield Jam, Will Relocate Team To Arizona

Apr 12, 2016 2:53 PM

The Phoenix Suns have acquired the Bakersfield Jam and are relocating the team to Prescott Valley, Arizona.

The Suns become the 15th NBA team to own and operate its NBA D-League affiliate. 

The team will be known as the Northern Arizona Suns and will play a 24-game home schedule at the 5,100-seat Prescott Valley Event Center (PVEC) beginning with the 2016-17 season.

“We are thrilled to bring professional basketball to the Town of Prescott Valley,” said Suns President, Jason Rowley. “In addition to the basketball advantages of our D-League affiliate being close to home, today’s announcement creates endless opportunities to strengthen the connection with our fans in northern Arizona.” 

The Bakersfield Jam has served as the Suns’ single-affiliate NBA D-League team the past two seasons, with the NBA franchise running basketball operations during that time. 

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Brandon Knight Undergoes Successful Sports Hernia Surgery

Apr 8, 2016 6:29 PM

Brandon Knight underwent successful surgery to treat a sports hernia. The surgery was performed by Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia.

Knight has already begun rehabilitation and will return to Phoenix next week.

In his fifth NBA season and first full season with the Suns, Knight averaged a career-high 19.6 points in addition to 5.1 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 52 games, one of just 10 players in the NBA to post at least those averages in each of those categories.

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Jay Wright Plans To Remain At Villanova Amid NBA Interest

Apr 8, 2016 4:09 PM

Jay Wright has no plans on leaving Villanova for a head coaching job in the NBA, but he also refused to rule it out in the future.

"I can say right now that in my mind I plan to stay at Villanova," he said. "But I also don't want to be a liar. I want to stay. I know I want to stay, but I just say I hope I can stay because I've learned from the past how crazy things can be. I hope I can stay at Villanova because this is where I want to be."

Wright was linked to the Phoenix Suns this week after winning the national championship.

When he turned down the Kentucky job in 2009, Wright said he didn't want to live in the fishbowl that job required. He likes the way Philadelphia sports exist. The city is big on college basketball but easily and happily diverted by pro sports.

"There's a lot of great things about coaching at Villanova, but one that I really enjoy is during basketball season you're like a pro team," he said. "You're big time, but in the offseason there's so many good sports teams and happenings you get to blend in. I really, really enjoy that."

Dana O'Neil/ESPN

Tags: Phoenix Suns, Villanova Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NCAA Misc Rumor

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Jay Wright Reportedly Suns' Top Target For Head Coach
The Suns fired Jeff Hornacek before the All-Star break and Earl Watson is serving as interim head coach.

Mitch Lawrence/Sporting News

Markieff Morris Sees Suns Have Recurring Issues Of Mistrust
Markieff Morris saw several players either traded or leave due to issues with the Suns' management.

Paul Coro/Arizona Republic

Tyson Chandler Not Interested In Being Part Of Rebuilding Project
Tyson Chandler is in the first season of a four-year, $52 million deal with the Suns.

Paul Coro/Arizona Republic (via James Herbert/CBS Sports)

Suns Sign Alan Williams To Multi-Year Deal
Alan Williams played earlier this season with Qingdao DoubleStar where he led the league with an average of 15.4 rebounds in 35 games this season, in addition to scoring 20.8 points per contest.

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Chase Budinger Signs With Suns
Chase Budinger played in 49 games with Indiana this season, averaging 4.4 points and 2.5 rebounds in 14.9 minutes.

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Suns To Sign Alan Williams On 10-Day Contract
Alan Williams averaged 20.8 points and 15.4 rebounds in 29.9 minutes per game in China with a PER of 27.9.

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Suns Waive Sonny Weems
Sonny Weems appeared in 36 games with the Suns, averaging 2.5 points, 1.3 assists and 1.1 rebounds in 11.7 minutes.

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Goran Dragic On Suns: I Was Glad As Soon As I Got Out Of There
The Suns are 25-63 since trading Goran Dragic before the 2015 deadline.

Jason Lieser/Palm Beach Post

Suns Thought They Had Amar'e For Steph Deal Done During 2009 NBA Draft
The Suns proceeded with their next pick at No. 14 believing they had Stephen Curry, drafting Earl Clark instead of Jrue Holiday.

Paul Coro/Arizona Republic

Kris Humphries To Sign With Hawks
Kris Humphries has cleared waivers and will sign with the Hawks.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Phil Pressey Signed By Suns To 2nd 10-Day Contract
In four games with the Suns, Phil Pressey has averaged 5.0 points, 6.0 assists and 1.0 steals.

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Kris Humphries Waived By Suns
Kris Humphries appeared in four games with the Suns after being acquired from Washington in a trade on Feb. 18, averaging 7.3 points and 8.0 rebounds.

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Robert Sarver Releases Open Letter To Suns' Fans, Has Full Confidence In McDonough
Robert Sarver released the following open letter to fans of the Suns as they continue to struggle for the second straight season.

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Ryan McDonough Admits Mistake Of Trading Away Isaiah Thomas
Ryan McDonough regrets his decision for the Suns to trade Isaiah Thomas to the Celtics during the 2015 trade deadline for a first round pick.

Kevin Zimmerman/Arizona Sports

John Jenkins Claimed Off Waivers By Suns
John Jenkins is on a three-year deal.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Suns Waive DeJuan Blair
The Suns acquired DeJuan Blair in a trade with Washington last Thursday, Feb. 18.

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Hornacek Was Proponent Of Wizards Trading For Markieff Morris
The Wizards talked to Jeff Hornacek about Markieff Morris as part of their due diligence.

David Aldridge/NBA.com

Suns Sign Phil Pressey To 10-Day Contract
Phil Pressey was averaging 13.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 6.4 assists in 33.9 minutes over 25 games this season in the D-League with Idaho.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Wizards Trade First Rounder To Suns For Markieff Morris
The Wizards have acquired Markieff Morris from the Suns.

Adrian Wojnarowski, Shams Charania/The Vertical

Suns Won't Trade P.J. Tucker
P.J. Tucker received trade interest from the Raptors amongst other teams.

Paul Coro/Arizona Republic