Apr 17, 2014 12:30 PM EDT
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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Apr 16, 2014 8:13 AM EDT
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.
Mar 29, 2014 2:15 PM EDT
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."
Mar 16, 2014 12:02 PM EDT
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.”
Mar 12, 2014 3:21 PM EDT
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.
Mar 07, 2014 11:18 AM EST
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.”
Mar 06, 2014 12:39 AM EST
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.
Mar 05, 2014 12:58 AM EST
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.
Mar 02, 2014 3:36 PM EST
The Phoenix Suns are far ahead of schedule in competing for a playoff spot this season, but the long-term plans of Ryan McDonough remain unchanged.
“Our long-term approach hasn’t changed,” said McDonough. “We’re trying to get great players, through the draft or trade or free agency, but in the short term I think we’re ahead of what most people thought we would be. If we can use things like our cap space to help solidify our team we’ll do that, but at the same time we’re happy with the group we have.”
The Suns stood pat at the deadline and could have as much as $25 million in cap space in the offseason.
“We’re trying to be patient and not do anything to jeopardize our cap space for long-term planning,” McDonough said. “We feel like we’re off to a good start. We have a good foundation to be successful with our financial flexibility, draft picks, and most importantly, with the ways our young guys have played and what they’ve shown. But we’ve still got a ways to go to get from pretty good to great — that championship level.”
Mar 02, 2014 1:39 PM EST
Eric Bledsoe advanced in his rehabilitation from knee surgery by participating in a limited time of five-on-five scrimmaging.
Bledsoe had surgery on Jan. 10 and has not dealt with pain or swelling.
“You can see the explosiveness,” Ryan McDonough said. “You can see the burst, the ability to get by his guy and create separation and finish at the rim.”
Bledsoe's rehab will continue to be increased in the coming days as long as his knee remains healthy.
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The cost of acquiring Jordan Hill would be approximately $17 million to the Nets.
Pau Gasol reiterated on Thursday that he hopes to stay with the Lakers for the rest of the season.
Eric Bledsoe averaged 18.0 points, 5.8 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game.
The Celtics continue to discuss trades, most notably a deal involving Brandon Bass.
The Suns have had a far better than expected season and have been interested in acquiring a veteran big.
Miles Plumlee is averaging 9.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game this season.
The Lakers covet one of the Suns' valuable first round picks in the discussions.
Pau Gasol will miss at least six more games and won't return until after All-Star weekend.
The Suns could own as many as four first round picks.
Pau Gasol averaged 20.8 points and 11.9 rebounds per game in January.
Kyle Lowry and Goran Dragic were two of the biggest snubs for the All-Star Game.
Feb 02, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
Pau Gasol has an expiring contract.
The Lakers would presumably have to overpay Eric Bledsoe in order for the Suns not to match.
Leandro Barbosa is averaging 8.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 21.4 minutes.
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.
The Suns will swing big ahead of the deadline with Emeka Okafor's insured contract and a plethora of picks.
The Suns have recalled guard Archie Goodwin from the Jam of the NBA Development League.
Archie Goodwin has appeared in 36 games with the Suns this season, holding averages of 3.0 points, 1.7 rebounds and 10.3 minutes.
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Leandro Barbosa is averaging 9.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists with the Suns this season.
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