The Phoenix Suns will not "strategically rest" any of their veteran players as they did last season with Tyson Chandler and Eric Bledsoe.
“We’re planning on doing what we have been doing, that’s playing our young players. For us, that’s not a change,” Ryan McDonough said. “… We want to continue to have them improve and get minutes and try to win as many games as we can.”
Jay Triano said he has not interest in playing for a better position in the lottery.
“I have been told nothing other than try to win games,” he said. “So my goal is to try to win, and that is not tanking.”
The decision to bench Bledsoe played a part in his request to be traded.
“I think we learned from last year with guys sitting out," Triano said. "I don’t think that was real productive for us.”
“As we found out last year, it is a lottery,” McDonough said. “The pingpong balls bounce around and come out in a different order.”
McDonough said there’s also “pretty good depth” at the top of the draft, so it wouldn't be a disaster if Phoenix fails to land the No. 1 pick.
“If we win a few more games and end up getting slotted lower in the lottery, then we’re fine with that,” he said.