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Suns Extend Ryan McDonough, Hire James Jones As VP Of Basketball Ops

Jul 19, 2017 2:06 PM

The Phoenix Suns announced today they have agreed to a multiyear contract extension with General Manager Ryan McDonough and added former Suns forward and 14-year NBA veteran James Jones as Vice President of Basketball Operations. Jones will report to McDonough and work alongside him to oversee all basketball-related matters for the Suns, including the draft, free agency and trades.

“I would like to thank [Managing Partner] Robert [Sarver] and his partners for extending my agreement with this great franchise,” said McDonough. “We have laid the foundation for what we hope will become the next championship caliber Suns team. There is still a lot of work to be done to reach our ultimate goal of bringing a championship to Phoenix so we are thrilled to add James Jones to our staff.”

“James has a wealth of experiences that will greatly benefit our organization. He is a three-time NBA Champion and has been one of the top executives with the National Basketball Players Association over the past few years. We welcome ‘Champ’ and his family to our Phoenix Suns family.”

McDonough, entering his fifth season as the team’s general manager, has overseen the Suns assemble some of the game’s brightest young stars with five first-round picks made in his tenure currently on the roster.

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Alan Williams Agrees To Three-Year, $17M Deal With Suns

Jul 10, 2017 10:22 AM

The Phoenix Suns have agreed to re-sign Alan Williams on a three-year, $17 million contract.

Williams averaged 7.4 points and 6.2 rebounds in 15.1 minutes per game last season for the Suns.

Williams went undrafted out of UC Santa Barbara in 2015. After playing one season in China, Williams signed a two-year deal with the Suns in March 2016.

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Mark Cuban: Eastern Teams Know They Can Get By Doing Less

Jul 7, 2017 9:56 AM

Robert Sarver proposed seeding teams 1-16 for the playoffs by record regardless of conference three seasons ago. Mark Cuban pitched a temporary realignment plan.

"The commissioner's office was not interested," Sarver emailed ESPN this week. "The Eastern teams don't like it."

The league has argued that schedule imbalance and over-long travel make a 1-16 system problematic.

"It needs to be addressed," Cuban emailed ESPN on Thursday. "Seven of the 10 smallest markets are in the West. I really believe Eastern teams know they can get by doing less, and [in some cases] make the playoffs. Because they are larger markets, they will sell tickets and advertising, and get viewers. They get the best of both worlds."

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Suns Sign 2nd Round Pick Davon Reed

Jul 6, 2017 5:57 PM

The Phoenix Suns have signed guard Davon Reed, the team’s selection with the 32nd overall pick in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft.

Reed was named to the ACC All-Defensive Team for his senior season at the University of Miami in 2016-17. The 22-year-old also earned All-ACC Third Team honors after averaging career-highs of 14.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.3 steals in 33 games for the Hurricanes. At 6-6 and 208 pounds with a 7-1 wingspan, Reed ranked sixth in ACC play by shooting 85.7 percent from the free throw line and 10th by shooting 40.4 percent from three-point range in 2016-17.

Overall, Reed finished his four-year career at Miami ranked fourth in school history in games played (131), fifth in minutes played (3,679), seventh in three-point makes (202) and 16th in scoring (1,343). In addition to many other academic honors throughout his college career, he won the ACC’s Skip Prosser Award in 2017, presented annually to the conference’s top scholar-athlete in men’s basketball. A native of Ewing, New Jersey, Reed was a star prep player at Princeton Day School.

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Suns Waive Leandro Barbosa

Jul 3, 2017 2:23 PM

The Phoenix Suns have waived Leandro Barbosa.

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

Jul 1, 2017 6:33 PM

The Denver Nuggets are now considered the favorites to sign Paul Millsap.

The Phoenix Suns are out of the running for Millsap, while the Minnesota Timberwolves may also be out.

Millsap almost certainly will not return to the Atlanta Hawks.

Denver is meeting with Millsap in Atlanta Saturday afternoon with Josh Kroenke, Tim Connelly, Michael Malone and Gary Harris in attendance.

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Suns Decide To Pivot Towards Full Rebuild

Jul 1, 2017 6:20 PM

The Phoenix Suns are no longer pursuing Paul Millsap in free agency and will now pivot towards a complete rebuild.

The Suns are interested in making their cap space available to team looking to create room in exchange for assets.

Phoenix is also open to moving some of their veteran players to commit fully to building around Devin Booker and Josh Jackson.

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Blake Griffin Cancels Meetings With Suns, Nuggets As Clippers Improve Position

Jun 30, 2017 9:24 PM

Blake Griffin has canceled his meetings with the Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets in free agency.

Unless there is a wildcard team that enters the picture, there is a sense that Griffin will re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers.

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Blake Griffin To Meet With Suns On Saturday

Jun 29, 2017 5:12 PM

Blake Griffin will meet with the Phoenix Suns when free agency opens on Saturday.

The Suns can offer Griffin a four-year, $130 million contract.

While Griffin has battled injuries at various points of his career, the Suns are known for having one of the NBA's best training staffs.

The Los Angeles Clippers have expressed confidence that Griffin will re-sign with them in free agency. The Clippers can offer an extra guaranteed year.

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Paul Millsap Has Discussed Sign-And-Trade With Hawks

Jun 29, 2017 1:43 PM

Paul Millsap is unlikely to return to the Atlanta Hawks this offseason as they pivot towards a rebuild with Travis Schlenk as general manager. Schlenk has suggested multiple times in the media that they may not be able to offer a contract to Millsap that beats a rival team.

The Hawks and Millsap have mutual interest in a sign-and-trade scenario.

"I know sign-and-trade discussions have already happened involving Millsap and the Hawks," said Brian Windhorst on The Basketball Analogy podcast.

The Houston Rockets have interest in signing Millsap and a sign-and-trade deal would help facilitate a move since they are short on cap space at present. The Rockets have been searching for a Ryan Anderson trade, but teams are requesting two first round picks to take on his salary.

Millsap could still sign outright with a team such as the Phoenix Suns, Denver Nuggets or Minnesota Timberwolves.

John Gambadoro of 98.7 in Phoenix reports Millsap will meet with the Suns at the start of free agency.

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Jared Dudley Out 3-4 Months With Surgery On Toe
Jared Dudley underwent a left toe ligament and bone procedure last Friday.

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Suns Tender Qualifying Offers To Alex Len, Alan Williams
Both Alex Len and Alan Williams will enter restricted free agency.

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Suns Discuss Eric Bledsoe Trade With Bulls, Nuggets
If the Suns pick De'Aaron Fox at No. 4, it likely means they were able to trade away Eric Bledsoe.

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Knicks Have 'So Far' Yet To Find Team To Meet Trade Price On Kristaps Porzingis
The Knicks are attempting to trade into the top-4 of the draft.

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Suns Consider Devin Booker Untouchable In Kristaps Porzingis Trade Talks
Devin Booker averaged 22.1 points per game in his second season though his True Shooting Percentage dropped to .531.

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Celtics, Lakers, 76ers, Suns, Kings Thunder Have Discussed Kristaps Porzingis Trade
Phil Jackson expressed in an MSG interview that he's still disappointed Kristaps Porzingis skipping his exit meeting.

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Suns Attempting To Trade Away Eric Bledsoe
Eric Bledsoe has two seasons and $29 million remaining on his contract.

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Suns Discuss Trading No. 4 Pick For Jimmy Butler, Paul George, Porzingis
The Suns have held talks with the Pacers, Bulls and Knicks.

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Cavs Found Lottery Pick In Exchange For Kevin Love, Possibly From Suns
The Suns may have been the team ready to trade for Kevin Love.

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Suns Discuss Moving Up In Draft With Lakers, Celtics
The Suns are targeting Lonzo Ball and Josh Jackson in the draft.

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Suns See Lonzo Ball As Good Fit With Devin Booker
If Lonzo Ball is off the board, the Suns will likely pick between Fox, Josh Jackson and Jayson Tatum.

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Andre Iguodala To Receive Interest From Suns, Wolves, Hawks
Andre Iguodala is expected to receive interest from a number of teams in free agency.

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LaVar Ball Not Impacting Lakers, Suns' Draft Evaluation Of Lonzo Ball
Magic Johnson said there is no impact on the public personality of LaVar Ball on whether the Lakers target Lonzo Ball.

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Markelle Fultz Interviewing With Celtics, Lakers, 76ers, Kings, Knicks
Markelle Fultz is one of the only top projected picks to attend the pre-draft combine in Chicago.

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Tyler Ulis Undergoes Surgery On Right Ankle
Tyler Ulis is expected to return to full basketball activity in approximately 12 weeks.

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Suns To Keep Ryan McDonough As GM
The Suns intend to retain Ryan McDonough as general manager as he enters the final season of his current contract.

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Willy Hernangomez, Tyler Ulis Named Rookies Of The Month
Tyler Ulis led all rookies with both 20.7 points and 6.8 assists per game in April.

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Suns Sign Elijah Millsap To Multi-Year Contract
Elijah Millsap averaged 4.2 points and 2.8 rebounds in 16.4 minutes over 67 games in two seasons with the Utah Jazz from 2014-16.

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Suns Sign Jarell Eddie To 2nd 10-Day Contract
Jarell Eddie has played in five games since joining the Suns and averaged 4.8 points in 12.5 minutes.

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Suns To Sign Jarell Eddie To 10-Day Contract
Jarell Eddie has averaged 14.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 27 D-League games this season.

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