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Suns To Hire Mike Woodson As Assistant Coach

May 22, 2018 6:20 PM

The Phoenix Suns plan on hiring Mike Woodson to the coaching staff of Igor Kokoskov.

Woodson worked with Kokoskov on the coaching staff of the Detroit Pistons during the 03-04 season.

Woodson left the Los Angeles Clippers this offseason.

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Simmons, Mitchell, Tatum, Kuzma, Markkanen On 2018 NBA All-Rookie Team

May 22, 2018 2:19 PM

Ben Simmons and Donovan Mitchell headline the 2017-18 NBA All-Rookie Teams as unanimous selections.

Jayson Tatum nearly was a unanimous selection as well, earning 99 out of 100 First Team Votes.

Kyle Kuzma and Lauri Markkanen round out the First Team.

2017-18 NBA All-Rookie First Team
Donovan Mitchell
Ben Simmons
Jayson Tatum
Kyle Kuzma
Lauri Markkanen

2017-18 NBA All-Rookie Second Team
Dennis Smith Jr.
Lonzo Ball
John Collins
Bogdan Bogdanovic
Josh Jackson

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Mike D'Antoni Regrets Not Having Steve Nash Score More

May 22, 2018 10:21 AM

Mike D'Antoni believes the Phoenix Suns would have been even better during his tenure had he not been so determined to have Steve Nash play the role of a traditional point guard.

With James Harden and Chris Paul playing more isolation basketball with the Houston Rockets, we are seeing the evolution of D'Antoni's process.

"Oh, without a doubt, I screwed that up," D'Antoni said. "Nash was a purist. Steve's a Hall of Fame point guard. He was unbelievably good. I just think instead of averaging 15 or 16 [points], he could have averaged 30 for us. He was that good of a shooter, and I don't think it would have screwed the team up."

Nash averaged 12.4 field goal attempts and 4.1 3-point attempts per game during his four seasons with D'Antoni. 

"If they even give a hint of going under [the screen], just whap it," D'Antoni said. 

"We know better now," Nash said. "The math's been validated, and I think that's why point guards are so aggressive. It makes sense. We stuck to our traditional values, and that allowed me to stick to my personality, whereas I should have come further and further out of my personality.

"Yeah, I should have probably shot the ball 20 times a game. It probably would have made a lot more sense, but at the time, we weren't ready for that league-wide. Everyone was telling us that you can't win shooting all those 3s, and now we realize that we didn't shoot enough, especially when we were playing small. So, yeah, I think Mike's right. I regret it, too.

"But it really wasn't my personality and the culture of the game wasn't ready for that. So it was like a bridge too far, so to speak, at the time."

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Tags: Houston Rockets, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Devin Booker Tweets Photo Of Karl-Anthony Towns In Suns Jersey

May 19, 2018 10:53 AM

Devin Booker posted a photo of Karl-Anthony Towns in a Phoenix Suns jersey a few hours after ESPN speculated about the big man's future with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Booker and Towns were teammates at the University of Kentucky.

With the first and 16th overall picks in this year's draft, along with incoming first rounders  in 2019 from the Bucks and 2021 from the Heat, the Suns could put together an attractive trade package for Towns.

The Suns are also on record that the first overall pick could be made available.

Towns is eligible for a contract extension this offseason.

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Suns Won't Rule Out Trading No. 1 Overall Pick

May 18, 2018 7:08 PM

The Phoenix Suns are believed to be in favor of selecting Deandre Ayton with the first overall pick, but that's dependent on them keeping the pick.

Ryan McDonough revealed the Suns could consider trading the No. 1 pick depending on what is offered, even if it's an established player.

“We’re certainly open to that," said McDonough. "We’ll consider it. I think we’ll have more information closer to the draft than we do today after we go through the workout process and the interview process. Get the medicals, physicals.

"We’re open to that. I think if you look around the NBA, as far as the veteran players, there are probably a few we’d consider trading the pick for, outright, just pick for player. It will be a busy month for us.”

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Tags: DeAndre Ayton, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Luka Doncic Could Be Drafted Anywhere From First To Fifth

May 18, 2018 6:36 PM

Luka Doncic had 16 points, seven rebounds and two assists in Real Madrid's 92-83 win in the semifinals of the Euroleague Final Four.

Amongst the NBA decision-makers in attendance to watch Doncic were Vlade Divac of the Kings, Robert Sarver and James Jones of the Kings, as well as Donnie Nelson and Tony Ronzone of the Mavericks.

More NBA executives are expected to arrive in Belgrade for the final on Sunday.

Executives said Doncic has a fairly wide potential draft range from No. 1 to as far as No. 5. The Suns will draft first, followed by the Kings at No. 2 and Hawks at No. 3. The Grizzlies will select No. 4 while the Mavericks own the fifth pick.

Because Doncic could remain with Real Madrid, he has an unique amount of leverage to potentially influence which team drafts him.

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Tags: Luka Doncic, Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, Real Madrid, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, International, NBA Draft General, International Teams

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Suns Could Already Be Decided Upon Deandre Ayton At No. 1

May 16, 2018 10:48 AM

The Phoenix Suns won the lottery on Tuesday and one of their most notorious insiders suggest the franchise has already made up their mind on who they will select.

John Gambadoro has consistently reported upon the Suns over the past few years and published the following Tweet shortly after the lottery.

While Igor Kokosov coached Luka Doncic on the Slovenian national team, the Suns are expected to take Deandre Ayton, according to this report.

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Tags: DeAndre Ayton, Luka Doncic, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Suns Win 2018 NBA Draft Lottery, Kings At No. 2, Hawks At No. 3

May 15, 2018 8:15 PM

The Phoenix Suns have won the 2018 NBA Draft Lottery while the Sacramento Kings moved up to No. 2 and the Atlanta Hawks will select at No. 3.

1. Phoenix Suns
2. Sacramento Kings
3. Atlanta Hawks
4. Memphis Grizzlies
5. Dallas Mavericks
6. Orlando Magic
7. Chicago Bulls
8. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Nets)
9. New York Knicks
10. Philadelphia 76ers (from Lakers)
11. Charlotte Hornets
12. Los Angeles Clippers (from Pistons)
13. Los Angeles Clippers
14. Denver Nuggets

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Suns Hire Igor Kokoskov As Head Coach

May 2, 2018 7:10 PM

The Phoenix Suns have hired Igor Kokoskov as their new head coach.

Kokoskov is currently an assistant coach with the Utah Jazz.

Kokoskov is the first European born head coach in the NBA.

“We are thrilled to bring Valley resident Igor Kokoskov back to Arizona as head coach of the Phoenix Suns,” said Ryan McDonough. “Igor has been a pioneer throughout his basketball career and he brings a wealth of high level coaching experience to our club. He was one of the first non-American born assistant coaches at both the NCAA and NBA levels and his most recent head coaching stint includes leading the Slovenian national team to the 2017 EuroBasket title, which was the first European title in the history of the country. Igor’s teams have always had a player development focus, a creative style of play and a track record of success.”

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Tags: Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Suns No Longer Considering Jay Triano For Head Coaching Job

Apr 30, 2018 8:18 AM

Jay Triano is out of the running for the Phoenix Suns' head coaching position.

Triano served as interim head coach of the Suns after the dismissal of Earl Watson.

Ty Corbin has also been relieved of his duties as assistant coach.

Mike Budenholzer and David Fizdale are among the candidates the Suns have interviewed.

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Suns Speak With Jason Kidd, Vinny Del Negro About Head Coaching Job
Jason Kidd has openly campaigned for the job with the Suns and is now living in the Phoenix area.

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Mike Budenholzer Withdraws From Suns' Coaching Search
Mike Budenholzer met with the Suns over several days this week.

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David Fizdale To Interview For Suns' Job
David Fizdale is widely considered one of the most coveted head coaching candidates on the open market.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Suns Interested In Steve Clifford, Frank Vogel, David Blatt
Steve Clifford, Frank Vogel and David Blatt have had a dialogue with the Suns.

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Mike Budenholzer Meets With Suns
The Hawks and Mike Budenholzer are both open to ending their partnership.

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David Fizdale To Interview With Knicks, Suns
David Fizdale is a candidate for several head coaching jobs this offseason.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Suns Granted Permission From Hawks To Interview Mike Budenholzer
Mike Budenholzer is a native of Arizona.

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Dan Majerle Not Interested In Suns' Job
Dan Majerle rejected an opportunity to interview for the Suns' head coaching vacancy.

Richard Obert/Arizona Republic

Suns Ready To Begin Head Coach Search
The Suns want to start early on their search as there is expected to be several openings in the offseason.

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Suns To Sign Shaquille Harrison To Deal For Rest Of Season
Shaquille Harrison previously played for the Northern Arizona Suns.

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Robert Sarver Believes Suns Can 'Turn The Corner' This Offseason
Robert Sarver acknowledged this season has been about developing the Suns' young players.

Scott Bordow/Arizona Republic

Suns Sign Shaquille Harrison To 2nd 10-Day Contract
Shaquille Harrison has appeared in five games with the Suns.

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Suns Learn From Mistakes Of 2017, Won't Tank Final Games
Ryan McDonough said there's also "pretty good depth" at the top of the draft.

Scott Bordow/Arizona Republic

Suns Sign Shaq Harrison To 10-Day Contract, Waive Josh Gray
Shaq Harrison is averaging 11.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 29.9 minutes per game this season in the G League for the Northern Arizona Suns.

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Suns Sign Josh Gray To 2nd 10-Day Contract
Josh Gray has averaged 6.8 points, 3.0 assists, 2.5 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 17.5 minutes in four games with the Suns.

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Suns Waive Isaiah Canaan
Isaiah Canaan initially signed with the Suns on December 13 and averaged 9.1 points and 4.0 assists in 19 games with the team.

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Suns Acquire Elfrid Payton From Magic For 2nd Round Pick
Elfrid Payton will be a restricted free agent this offseason.

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Forbes Values Average NBA Franchise At $1.65 Billion
Every NBA team is valued at $1 billion or more for the first time in league history.

Forbes

Suns Suspend Marquese Chriss For Verbal Altercation With Assistant Coach
Marquese Chriss is averaging only 7.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in 21.0 minutes this season.

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Suns Sign Josh Gray To 10-Day Contract
Josh Gray has averaged 17.9 points and 42.1 percent from three-point range, 6.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 2.3 steals in the G League.

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