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Suns Exercise 18-19 Options On Devin Booker, Dragan Bender, Marquese Chriss

Oct 17, 2017 7:33 PM

The Phoenix Suns have exercised their 2018-19 options on guard Devin Booker, forward Dragan Bender and forward Marquese Chriss.

Booker led the Suns with 22.1 points per game last season, the third-highest scoring average ever posted by a player 20-years-old-or-younger at season’s end, behind only LeBron James in 2004-05 and Kevin Durant in 2008-09. The 13th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, Booker’s 2,774 total points through his first two seasons trail only James, Durant and Carmelo Anthony for the fourth-most ever by an NBA player before his 21st birthday.

Bender averaged 7.2 points and 7.0 rebounds this preseason, after averaging 3.4 points, 2.4 rebounds and 0.51 blocks in 43 appearances as a rookie last season, missing 31 games to a right ankle injury. The 4th overall pick and youngest player in the 2016 NBA Draft, Bender averaged 14.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists for the Suns at NBA Summer League 2017 in Las Vegas, and also played for Croatia’s national team at FIBA EuroBasket 2017 this past summer.

Chriss was named to the 2016-17 NBA All-Rookie Second Team for averaging 9.2 points on 44.9 percent shooting, 4.2 rebounds, 0.85 blocks and 0.82 steals while playing all 82 games. The 8th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Chriss led all rookies in games started (75) and dunks (103), and was one of just two first-year players along with Joel Embiid to rank in the top 10 on the rookie leaderboard in scoring average, rebounds per game, blocks per game and steals per game.

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Suns Sign Tidjan Keita

Oct 13, 2017 1:54 PM

The Phoenix Suns have signed forward Tidjan Keita.

Keita, a 6-10, 205-pound forward with a 7-3 wingspan, played for the Toronto Raptors at NBA Summer League 2017 in Las Vegas, appearing in two contests. The 20-year-old went undrafted as an international early entry candidate in the 2017 NBA Draft and participated in a pre-draft workout with the Suns in Phoenix on May 29. Prior to declaring for the 2017 NBA Draft, the native of Paris, France played at Cegep de Thetford in Quebec, Canada.

The Suns’ roster now stands at 19 players.

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Suns Waive Anthony Bennett, Peter Jok

Oct 11, 2017 6:28 PM

The Phoenix Suns have waived forward Anthony Bennett and guard/forward Peter Jok.

Bennett and Jok originally signed with the Suns on Sept. 22. Neither player appeared in any of the team’s first three preseason games.

The Suns’ roster now stands at 18 players.

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Suns Interested In Trading Jared Dudley, Tyson Chandler

Oct 9, 2017 9:46 AM

The Phoenix Suns have explored the possibility of trading Jared Dudley and Tyson Chandler.

Phoenix has also had interest in trading Eric Bledsoe as they rebuild around Devin Booker.

The Suns are below the salary floor and feel no sense of urgency to trade any of their veterans that don't match their anticipated timeline of contention. 

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RealGM Radio: Pacific Division With Kevin Pelton, Ben Golliver

Oct 5, 2017 3:39 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux), Kevin Pelton of ESPN (@kpelton) and Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated (@BenGolliver) go in-depth on the NBA’s Pacific Division.

They discuss how the Warriors, Clippers, Lakers, Kings and Suns fared in the off-season, including which teams improved and what moves stood out. The three also predict the season to come, including projected finish, breakout players and rookies they are most excited to see.

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RealGM Radio: West Over-Unders With Arturo Galletti

Sep 25, 2017 11:50 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Arturo Galletti (@AmericanNumbers) continue their annual tradition of breaking down the over/under lines for the Western Conference.

They go through over/unders and other relevant odds for the Suns (1:56), Kings (8:25), Lakers (13:12), Mavericks (20:45), Grizzlies (30:49), Pelicans (34:59), Jazz (44:12), Trail Blazers (51:10), Clippers (55:19), Nuggets (1:02:12), Timberwolves (1:06:27), Thunder (1:15:28), Spurs (1:18:39), Rockets (1:26:09), Warriors (1:31:30) and their best bets in both conferences.

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TJ Warren Agrees Upon Four-Year, $50M Extension With Suns

Sep 25, 2017 9:36 PM

TJ Warren and the Phoenix Suns have agreed upon a four-year, $50 million contract.

Warren is eligible for an extension as a member of the 2014 draft class.

Warren has missed portions of his three NBA seasons with injuries, including season-ending foot surgery in 2015-16.

The Suns secured Warren before he would have become a restricted free agent in 2018.

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Alan Williams Suffers Partially Torn Meniscus

Sep 22, 2017 8:36 PM

The Phoenix Suns fear Alan Williams suffered a partially torn meniscus.

An MRI will confirm the extent of the injury on Saturday.

Williams suffered the injury when landing on the foot of a teammate during a workout.

Williams signed a three-year, $17 million deal with the Suns in the offseason.

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Suns Acquire Troy Daniels From Grizzlies

Sep 22, 2017 8:30 PM

The Phoenix Suns have acquired Troy Daniels and a heavily protected 2018 second round pick from the Memphis Grizzlies.

Daniels had two seasons and $6.8 million remaining on his contract. Memphis was searching to unload salary from their books.

The Grizzlies will send a top-55 protected second round pick in 2018 as part of the deal.

Daniels shot 38.9 percent from three-point range in 67 games last season.

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Anthony Bennett Signs Non-Guaranteed Deal With Suns

Sep 22, 2017 11:30 AM

Anthony Bennett has signed a non-guaranteed contract with the Phoenix Suns.

The Suns will be the fifth team Bennett has joined since entering the NBA in 2013 as the top overall pick.

The Suns view Bennett as a player who can compete during training camp and develop with their G-League affiliate. 

The Suns appealed to Bennett because of their excellent training staff as well as the presence of Jay Triano, who coached him with the Canadian national team.

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Suns Sign Alec Peters
Alec Peters was the Suns' selection with the 54th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

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Peter Jok Signs Camp Deal With Suns
Peter Jok went undrafted in 2017 out of Iowa.

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Morris Brothers Begin Trial For Alleged Assault
The Morris brothers are accused of helping three other people beat 36-year-old Erik Hood in 2015.

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Brandon Knight Undergoes Successful ACL Surgery, Will Miss Entire 17-18 Season
Brandon Knight underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee on Friday.

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Davon Reed Out 4-6 Months Following Mensicus Repair
Davon Reed was the Suns' selection with the 32nd overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

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Cavaliers Fixated On Acquiring Young Star For Kyrie Irving
While Cleveland wants LeBron James to re-sign, they are fearful of making a Kyrie Irving trade that doesn't allow them to rebuild for the long-term.

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Kyrie Irving Unwilling To Commit Long-Term To Any Team Trading For Him
The Suns are a team seeking a long-term commitment from Kyrie Irving if they trade for him.

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Cavs Would Trade Kyrie Irving To Suns For Eric Bledsoe, Josh Jackson, Miami's 2018 FRP
The Cavaliers are seeking Eric Bledsoe, Josh Jackson and a future first round pick from the Suns for Kyrie Irving.

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Spurs, Clippers, Suns, Wolves, Knicks, Heat Make Offers For Kyrie Irving
The Cavaliers are seeking a package similar to what the Nuggets received for Carmelo Anthony in 2011.

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Derrick Rose To Work Out With LeBron James, Eric Bledsoe In Las Vegas
LeBron James has spent the past few days vacationing and working out in Las Vegas.

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Brandon Knight Suffers Torn ACL In Left Knee
Brandon Knight has suffered a torn ACL in his left knee and could miss the entire 17-18 season.

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Eric Bledsoe Loves Phoenix But 'Wants To Win'
Eric Bledsoe said the player movement in the offseason has been "more fun than the Finals."

Scott Bordow/Arizona Republic

Suns Extend Ryan McDonough, Hire James Jones As VP Of Basketball Ops
Ryan McDonough is entering his fifth season as the team's general manager.

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Alan Williams Agrees To Three-Year, $17M Deal With Suns
Alan Williams averaged 7.4 points and 6.2 rebounds in 15.1 minutes per game last season for the Suns.

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Mark Cuban: Eastern Teams Know They Can Get By Doing Less
Robert Sarver and Mark Cuban are both in favor of eliminating conferences.

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Suns Sign 2nd Round Pick Davon Reed
Davon Reed averaged 14.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.3 steals in 33 games for the Hurricanes as a senior.

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Suns Waive Leandro Barbosa
Leandro Barbosa's release creates $3.5 million in cap space that can be used to accept salary dumps as the Suns pivot towards a full rebuild.

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Nuggets Considered Favorites To Sign Paul Millsap
The Suns and Wolves are considered unlikely to sign Paul Millsap.

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Suns Decide To Pivot Towards Full Rebuild
The Suns are interested in making their cap space available to team looking to create room in exchange for assets.

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Blake Griffin Cancels Meetings With Suns, Nuggets As Clippers Improve Position
Unless there is a wildcard team that enters the picture, there is a sense that Blake Griffin will re-sign with the Clippers.

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