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Suns Sign Shaq Harrison To 10-Day Contract, Waive Josh Gray

Feb 20, 2018 12:30 PM

The Phoenix Suns will sign Shaq Harrison to a 10-day contract.

Phoenix will waive Josh Gray to create a roster spot for Harrison

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.

Harrison went undrafted in 2016 out of Tulsa.

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Suns Sign Josh Gray To 2nd 10-Day Contract

Feb 12, 2018 4:56 PM

The Phoenix Suns have signed guard Josh Gray to a second 10-day contract after initially signing him on February 2.

Gray made his NBA debut against Utah on February 2 and has averaged 6.8 points, 3.0 assists, 2.5 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 17.5 minutes in four games with the Suns. He has eight steals, including four on Wednesday against San Antonio and three on Saturday against Denver, becoming the first Suns rookie to total at least eight steals through his first four career games since Richard Dumas in 1993.

A 6-1, 180-pound guard, Gray was originally called up him up from the Northern Arizona Suns of the NBA G League. In 31 games with the NAZ Suns this season he averaged 17.9 points, shooting 44.7 percent from the field and 42.1 percent from three-point range, 6.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 2.3 steals (t-1st in G League). The NBA G League Player of the Week for games played Jan. 1-7, Gray has four games scoring 30-plus points this season including a career-high 32 points in a win over the Agua Caliente Clippers on Jan. 26.

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Suns Waive Isaiah Canaan

Feb 9, 2018 10:16 AM

The Phoenix Suns have waived guard Isaiah Canaan.

“We still consider Isaiah to be a member of the Phoenix Suns family,” said Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough. “In speaking with Isaiah and his agent, we are fully committed to doing everything we can to help him with his rehab and recovery from his injury. This move is being made strictly to create a roster spot with Isaiah being out for the remainder of the season.”

In his fifth NBA season, 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

Feb 8, 2018 2:57 PM

The Orlando Magic have traded Elfrid Payton to the Phoenix Suns for a second round pick.

Payton will be a restricted free agent this offseason.

Payton, who was the 10th overall pick in 2014, was averaging 13.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 6.3 assists in 28.6 minutes per game this season with the Magic.

The Suns have had a need at point guard since trading Eric Bledsoe.

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Forbes Values Average NBA Franchise At $1.65 Billion

Feb 7, 2018 10:47 AM

The New York Knicks remain the NBA's most valuable franchise for the third straight season, according to Forbes' annual report.

The Knicks are valued at $3.6 billion, which is an increase of nine percent from 2017.

The Los Angeles Lakers rank second at $3.3 billion, an increase of 10 percent.

The Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics round out the top-5.

The average NBA franchise is now worth a record $1.65 billion, up 22% over last year, and more than triple the figure of five years ago. 

Every NBA team is valued at $1 billion or more for the first time in league history.

“Investor interest in the NBA is enormous right now,” said Forbes’ senior editor Kurt Badenhausen, “thanks to the league’s strong current economic environment, as well as the international growth prospects, which are the best of any major U.S. sports league.”

1. Knicks: $3.6 billion (+9%)
2. Lakers: $3.3 billion (+10%)
3. Warriors: $3.1 billion (+19%)
4. Bulls: $2.6 billion (+4%)
5. Celtics: $2.5 billion (+14%)
6. Nets: $2.3 billion (+28%)
7. Rockets: $2.2 billion (+33%)
8. Clippers: $2.15 billion (+7%)
9. Mavericks: $1.9 billion (+31%)
10. Heat: $1.7 billion (+26%)
11. Spurs: $1.55 billion (+32%)
12. Raptors: $1.4 billion (+24%)
13. Kings: $1.375 billion (+28%)
14. Wizards: $1.35 billion (+35%)
15. Cavaliers: $1.325 billion (+10%)
16. Blazers: $1.3 billion (+24%)
17. Suns: $1.28 billion (+16%)
18. Thunder: $1.25 billion (+22%)
19. Magic: $1.225 billion (+33%)
20. Jazz: $1.2 billion (+32%)
21. 76ers: $1.18 billion (+48%)
22. Pacers: $1.175 billion (+34%)
23. Hawks: $1.15 billion (+30%)
24. Nuggets: $1.125 billion (+26%)
25. Pistons: $1.1 billion (+22%)
26. Bucks: $1.075 billion (+37%)
27. Wolves: $1.06 billion (+38%)
28. Hornets: $1.05 billion (+35%)
29. Grizzlies: $1.025 billion (+30%)
30. Pelicans: $1 billion (+33%)

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Suns Suspend Marquese Chriss For Verbal Altercation With Assistant Coach

Feb 4, 2018 3:58 PM

The Phoenix Suns suspended Marquese Chriss for one game after getting into an argument with an assistant coach.

Chriss is averaging only 7.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in 21.0 minutes this season.

"He's a good kid who had a bad moment," Ryan McDonough said. "We look forward to seeing him Monday morning and turning the page." 

The Suns selected Chriss with the eighth overall pick in 2016.

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Suns Sign Josh Gray To 10-Day Contract

Feb 2, 2018 12:43 PM

The Phoenix Suns have signed guard Josh Gray to a 10-day contract, calling him up from the Northern Arizona Suns of the NBA G League.

Phoenix’s roster now stands at 17 players.

Gray, a 6-1, 180-pound guard, has yet to make his NBA debut. In 31 games with the NAZ Suns this season he averaged 17.9 points, shooting 44.7 percent from the field and 42.1 percent from three-point range, 6.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 2.3 steals (4th in G League). The NBA G League Player of the Week for games played Jan. 1-7, Gray has four games scoring 30-plus points this season including a career-high 32 points in a win over the Agua Caliente Clippers on Jan. 26.

The 29th GATORADE Call-Up in the NBA this season and sixth in NAZ Suns history, Gray is Northern Arizona’s all-time leader in points (1,228), assists (410), field goals made (474), field goals attempted (1,065), steals (148), games (81) and minutes (2,250).

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Isaiah Canaan Out For Season With Fractured Left Ankle

Feb 1, 2018 9:49 AM

Isaiah Canaan will miss the remainder of the season with a fractured left ankle.

Canaan suffered the injury in Wednesday's 102-88 win by the Suns over the Mavericks.

Team doctor Tom Carter rotated the foot and ankle back into their proper positions and said afterward that Canaan never uttered a word of pain. He was loaded onto a stretcher and wheeled off the court.

"It's hard for fans and everyone sitting right there, and teammates especially, a guy they battle with every day. It's their friend on and off the court," Suns interim coach Jay Triano said. "I used the timeout to let us say a quick prayer and get us refocused again to keep playing."

Canaan will have surgery on the ankle Thursday.

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Greg Monroe Agrees To Buyout With Suns

Jan 31, 2018 10:08 PM

Greg Monroe and the Phoenix Suns have agreed upon a buyout.

Monroe is expected to receive significant interest from multiple teams for a contract for the remainder of the season.

Monroe was traded to the Suns by the Milwaukee Bucks earlier this season in the Eric Bledsoe trade.

The Pelicans, Spurs, Wizards and Celtics are amongst the teams interested in Monroe.

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Kyrie Irving Believed LeBron James' Camp Orchestrated Initial Trade Talks

Jan 3, 2018 9:16 AM

Kyrie Irving came to believe the camp of LeBron James orchestrated trade talks involving him last June shortly before the departure of David Griffin.

The Cavaliers explored a three-way trade with the Suns and Pacers that would have seen Irving and Channing Frye to to the Suns with Eric Bledsoe and Paul George going to Cleveland. The Suns resisted the scenario over the No. 4 pick. Phoenix used that pick on Josh Jackson.

Team and league sources refute the notion that James' camp initiated the talks as it was Griffin that pursued the deal on his own. Griffin sensed the unhappiness of Irving and was preparing for the possibility that he would request a trade.

Irving remained silent about how the Cavaliers explored trading him when his trade request became public.

"I didn't feel the need to say anything because I knew the truth, and so did they," Irving said. "So it didn't matter what others said. They didn't want me there."

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Mike James Released By Suns
Mike James fell out of the Suns' rotation over the past four games.

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Suns Sign Isaiah Canaan For Remainder Of Season
Isaiah Canaan has averaged 13 points and five assists per game since joining the Suns on a hardship exception.

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Suns Sign Isaiah Canaan With Injury Exception
Devin Booker is amongst four Suns who are out for two weeks or more.

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Derrick Jones Jr. Signs With Suns' G-League Affiliate
The Suns had to release Derrick Jones Jr. to create a roster spot for Mike James.

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Suns To Sign Danuel House To Two-Way Contract
Danuel House is averaging 17.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game this season in the G-League.

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Suns Waive Derrick Jones Jr.
Derrick Jones Jr. is expected to receive interest on waivers as he's in the second season of a four-year deal.

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Mike James Becomes First Two-Way Player To Convert To Standard NBA Contract
Mike James made a projected $213,000 on the two-way contract.

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Devin Booker Carried Off Floor With Strained Left Adductor
Devin Booker pulled up and appeared to clutch his groin area as he was coming back down the court.

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Suns Plan On Signing Mike James To Standard Contract
The Suns will need to create a roster spot in order to sign Mike James to a contract.

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Nuggets Were Close To Trade With Suns For Eric Bledsoe
The deal would have included Emmanuel Mudiay and a first round pick.

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Devin Booker Believes Suns 'Right On Track'
Devin Booker remains optimistic that the Suns are moving in the right direction long-term.

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Suns Initially Told Earl Watson He Wouldn't Get Job Permanently
Earl Watson spoke candidly about his tenure as head coach of the Suns, which began on an interim basis in February of 2016.

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Suns Interested In Jahlil Okafor
Phoenix is rebuilding and presumably view Jahlil Okafor as a potential reclamation project.

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Suns To Explore Greg Monroe Trades Before Discussing Buyout
Greg Monroe is on a $17.8 million expiring contract and doesn't fit into the Suns' long-term plans.

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Suns Assign Derrick Jones Jr. To G League
Derrick Jones Jr. averaged 14.5 points on 49.5 percent shooting, 5.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 31.9 minutes last season in the G League.

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Bucks Acquire Eric Bledsoe From Suns
Eric Bledsoe has finally been traded by the Suns.

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Eric Bledsoe To Resume Training At Suns' Practice Facility
Eric Bledsoe will use the facility to stay in game shape while the Suns continue to explore trade scenarios.

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NBA Fines Eric Bledsoe $10,000 For Tweet
Eric Bledsoe told Ryan McDonough that he was referring to being at a hair salon.

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Stan Van Gundy Publicly, Privately Disputes Reggie Jackson For Eric Bledsoe Rumors
Stan Van Gundy reached out to Reggie Jackson following reports of trade talks with the Suns.

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Robert Sarver Denies Report Of Interest In Selling Suns
The Suns were recently given a $1.1 billion valuation by Forbes.

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