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Derrick Jones Jr. Signs With Suns' G-League Affiliate

Dec 12, 2017 4:24 PM

Derrick Jones Jr. has cleared waivers and signed with the Northern Arizona Suns.

The Suns had to release Jones to create a roster spot for Mike James.

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Suns To Sign Danuel House To Two-Way Contract

Dec 7, 2017 5:11 PM

The Phoenix Suns plan to sign Danuel House of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers to a two-way deal.

The Suns signed Mike James, who was previously on a two-way contract, to a standard deal on Thursday.

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.

Dec 7, 2017 11:02 AM

The Phoenix Suns have waived Derrick Jones Jr. in order to create a roster spot to sign Mike James for the remainder of the season.

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

Shams Charania/The Vertical

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Mike James Becomes First Two-Way Player To Convert To Standard NBA Contract

Dec 7, 2017 10:09 AM

The Phoenix Suns are converting the two-way contract of Mike James into a regular NBA deal.

James is the first two-way player to have his contract converted under the NBA's new system. James made a projected $213,000 on the two-way contract, and he could make $580,607 on a minimum NBA contract for the remainder of the season.

The Suns plan to create a roster spot for James.

Two-way contracts are paid on a smaller scale, and James will have exhausted his 45 days on an NBA roster on Thursday, which is counted from the first day of G-League training camp. 

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Devin Booker Carried Off Floor With Strained Left Adductor

Dec 6, 2017 9:40 AM

Devin Booker was carried off the floor with a strained left adductor in the fourth quarter of Tuesday's loss.

Booker pulled up and appeared to clutch his groin area as he was coming back down the court.

"I've seen guys get carried off and play the next day and guys not," Jay Triano said. "I'll let the doctors figure out the severity of it. I'm sure they'll have to do an MRI or something to see and make sure we take care of him the right way."

Booker had scored 46 points in Monday's game.


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Suns Plan On Signing Mike James To Standard Contract

Nov 20, 2017 6:23 PM

The Phoenix Suns would like to sign Mike James to a standard NBA deal before Dec. 6 when his two-way contract expires.

The Suns will need to create a roster spot in order to sign James to a contract.

James went undrafted in 2012 out of Lamar and has since played in Europe before making the Suns' roster as a two-way player out of camp.

With the trade of Eric Bledsoe, James has received regular playing time with the Suns.

Scott Bordow/Arizona Republic

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Nuggets Were Close To Trade With Suns For Eric Bledsoe

Nov 16, 2017 8:41 AM

The Denver Nuggets were close to a trade with the Phoenix Suns for Eric Bledsoe.

The deal would have included Emmanuel Mudiay and a first round pick, but talks ultimately collapsed.

Phoenix traded Bledsoe to the Milwaukee Bucks for protected first round pick and second round picks, along with Greg Monroe.

"We chase every opportunity to improve ourselves," Tim Connelly said. "We've had a lot of excellent players offered to us for our young talent. There's a fine line between overvaluing your own players and being too aggressive chasing short-term results."

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Devin Booker Believes Suns 'Right On Track'

Nov 13, 2017 11:52 AM

Devin Booker remains optimistic that the Phoenix Suns are moving in the right direction long-term. The Suns had been straddling the line between rebuilding and trying to compete in the short-term but they've now fully embraced their rebuild.

"It's tough, because with the young team, we put so much work in out here," said Booker. "People don't realize how talented the NBA is. So if you don't have a lot of experience in this league it's hard to be a good team. People are saying, "What are the Suns doing?" and this and that."

"For us, we have to keep developing, and we know that. We have a really good young core that is competing against grown men. The Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, teams that have been together for five, 10-plus years. So I think we're right on track, honestly. In a few years with the experience that we have, with the young core that we have, we'll be in a good spot.

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Suns Initially Told Earl Watson He Wouldn't Get Job Permanently

Nov 13, 2017 10:55 AM

Earl Watson spoke candidly about his tenure as head coach of the Phoenix Suns, which began on an interim basis in February of 2016.

“To be honest with you when I took over as interim,  management and ownership told me I would not be taking over the team permanently," said Watson on ESPN's The Hoop Collective. "So I think that was the first sign for me that no matter what was going to happen it was going to be short so make an impact and leave an imprint that whoever takes over and wherever they go … you left it better than what you found it. For us that was player development, creating a certain belief in young players.”

Watson was brought into a meeting with Robert Sarver and Ryan McDonough when he was informed he had been fired.

“I got a text message to come into the office. When that text came … I’m a very aware guy. I knew what the text was for … I will say that the only talking to me came from Robert Sarver. Ryan McDonough mostly wished me good luck at the end and the dialogue was about 30 to 40 minutes.”

Scott Bordow/Arizona Republic

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Suns Interested In Jahlil Okafor

Nov 8, 2017 9:08 AM

The Phoenix Suns have interest in trading for Jahlil Okafor.

The Suns don't currently have a roster spot available, but that could change once they part ways with Greg Monroe via trade or buyout.

Phoenix is rebuilding and presumably view Okafor as a potential reclamation project.

The Philadelphia 76ers declined their team option on Okafor's contract for 18-19 and are attempting to facilitate a trade to give him playing time elsewhere. While Okafor isn't under contract next season, the Suns have sufficient cap space to re-sign him to a long-term deal should he play well.

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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.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

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

Scott Bordow/Arizona Republic

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.

Rod Beard/The Detroit News

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

Scott Bordow/Arizona Republic

Pistons Interested In Trading For Eric Bledsoe
The Pistons would send Reggie Jackson out in a Eric Bledsoe trade.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Suns Attempting To Include Tyson Chandler In Eric Bledsoe Trade
Tyson Chandler is due $13.59 million in 18-19.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Suns Receiving 'Pretty Intriguing Offers' For Eric Bledsoe
The Suns have received interest from the Knicks, Nuggets and Bucks.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Ryan McDonough Publicly Critical Of Eric Bledsoe, Rich Paul
Ryan McDonough questioned the leadership of Eric Bledsoe and the advice he is getting from his agent.

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Josh Jackson Fined $35,000 For 'Menacing Gesture'
Josh Jackson also directed inappropriate language toward a fan.

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Bucks, Knicks, Nuggets Interested In Trading For Eric Bledsoe
Ryan McDonough has publicly confirmed that the Suns intend to trade Eric Bledsoe.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Eric Bledsoe Sent Home By Suns Following Meeting
Eric Bledsoe will not play on Monday against the Kings.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Eric Bledsoe Met With Suns About Potential Trade Before Season
Eric Bledsoe is signed through the 18-19 season.

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Eric Bledsoe: I Don't Wanna Be Here
Eric Bledsoe is signed through the 18-19 season.

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Suns Fire Earl Watson
The Suns have fired Earl Watson after just three games to start the 17-18 season.

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Suns Exercise 18-19 Options On Devin Booker, Dragan Bender, Marquese Chriss
Devin Booker has the fourth-most points ever by an NBA player before his 21st birthday.

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Suns Sign Tidjan Keita
The Suns' roster now stands at 19 players.

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Suns Waive Anthony Bennett, Peter Jok
The Suns didn't play Anthony Bennett or Peter Jok in any preseason games.

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