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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."

Jackie MacMullan/ESPN

Tags: Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, Indiana Pacers, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Mike James Released By Suns

Dec 23, 2017 8:30 AM

Mike James has been released by the Phoenix Suns just a few weeks after they converted his two-way deal into a standard NBA contract.

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

“Mike established himself as an NBA player here and our partnership proved to be beneficial,” Suns general manager Ryan McDonough told Yahoo Sports. “Mike had a handful of 20-point games and helped us win a few games. We wish Mike the best as he works to find another home.”

James made his debut in the NBA this season after spending his previous pro seasons overseas.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Mike James, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

Suns Sign Isaiah Canaan For Remainder Of Season

Dec 23, 2017 8:28 AM

The Phoenix Suns have agreed to sign Isaiah Canaan to a minimum deal for the remainder of the season.

Canaan has averaged 13 points and five assists per game since joining the Suns on a hardship exception.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Isaiah Canaan, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Suns Sign Isaiah Canaan With Injury Exception

Dec 13, 2017 5:06 PM

The Phoenix Suns have signed Isaiah Canaan from their G-League affiliate using an injury hardship exception.

Devin Booker is amongst four Suns who are out for two weeks or more.

Canaan was waived by the Rockets during the early part of the season.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Tags: Isaiah Canaan, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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.

Brian M. Bergner Jr./The Daily Courier

Tags: Derrick Jones, Phoenix Suns, Northern Arizona Suns, NBA, D-League, D-League Teams

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.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Tags: Danuel House, Phoenix Suns, Rio Grande Valley Vipers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams

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

Tags: Derrick Jones, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

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. 

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Mike James, Phoenix Suns, Northern Arizona Suns, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams

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.


Tags: Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Injury

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

Tags: Mike James, Phoenix Suns, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League

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.

Nick Friedell/ESPN

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.

Scott Bordow/Arizona Republic

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

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

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.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

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.

Adrian Wojnarowski, Zach Lowe/ESPN

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.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

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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