Player News - Suns

Date: Team: Pos:

Amar'e Stoudemire said Wednesday that he's considering a return to the NBA.

Stoudemire says he's been training as if he was returning to the NBA. Though 35 isn't an outrageous age to still be playing, he hasn't played a game in the Association in over two years. In his last season, 2015-16 with the Heat, he only averaged 5.8 points and 4.3 rebounds so there's probably no reason to go running to draft him in your league if he does make a return.
Source: ESPN.com
May 24 - 11:19 AM

General manager Ryan McDonough said the Suns are open to trading the top pick.

"I think if you look around the NBA, as far as the veteran players, there are probably a few players we'd consider trading the pick for, not ... just pick for player No. 1. So it'll be a busy month for us," McDonough said. Last summer, the Suns surprised most of us when they said they likely wouldn't compete for at least two seasons, but back in January McDonough said he's planning on aggressively pursuing free agents this summer. It would be a major shock to see the Suns unload the pick, but don't underestimate them doing something foolish wild.
Source: ESPN.com
May 18 - 8:51 PM

The Phoenix Suns won the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 Draft.

The Suns had a 25% chance of landing the top pick and became the fourth team in a row with the best odds to win the lottery. Deandre Ayton and Luka Doncic are currently the favorites to go No. 1, but adding either one of those guys to a core that already includes Devin Booker and Josh Jackson should energize the franchise. Here's how the rest of the lottery played out: No. 2 (Kings), No. 3 (Hawks), No. 4 (Grizzlies), No. 5 (Mavericks), No. 6 (Magic), No. 7 (Bulls), No. 8 (Cavaliers), No. 9 (Knicks), No. 10 (76ers), No. 11 (Hornets), No. 12 (Clippers), No. 13 (Clippers), No. 14 (Nuggets).
May 15 - 8:29 PM
James Jones - G/F - Suns

Vice president of basketball operations James Jones said "shooting is at a premium" for the Suns this summer.

Yeah, that makes sense after the Suns ranked dead last in scoring efficiency on spot-up plays at a horrible 0.918 points per possession, and not coincidentally they ranked 30th in 3-point percentage and 20th in attempts. The Suns say they wanted to move up their offseason spending this summer, but we'll see about that.
May 3 - 4:41 PM

The Suns will hire Jazz assistant Igor Kokoskov as their new head coach, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Suns spoke with roughly a dozen candidates for the job, but appear to have settled on Kokoskov, a former coach with the Pistons, Suns, Cavs and Jazz. He's also coached Luka Doncic with the Slovenian national team, which is an intriguing angle as Phoenix prepares for a monumentally important draft this summer. We'll get a better feel for the fantasy implications during training camp and the preseason, but Kokoskov is reputed to be particularly good with guards, so that bodes well for Devin Booker and whoever else is manning the backcourt in 2018-19.
May 2 - 7:11 PM

The Suns may have interest in Spurs assistant James Borrego for their vacant head coach position.

Borrego had one brief stint as an interim head coach with Orlando in 2014-15, when he went 10-20, but he's been an assistant in the NBA for eight seasons. "There are so many things [Borrego] does well as a teacher," Gregg Popovich said. "There is a reason why people around the league love him and keep trying to hire him away from me."
Apr 17 - 6:11 PM

Devin Booker said he's "done with not making the playoffs."

"I’m serious," Booker said. "This is probably my last year ever not making the playoffs. I want to say that, and that’s putting a pressure on myself that I need that I’m going to take into this summer and work that hard so it doesn’t happen again." Booker has a chance to make $156 million this summer, and it would be a major shock to see him not take that extension. This quote sounds like it's more about Booker going all out this summer to set him up for a huge 2018-19. The Suns are going to be a big story this summer.
Apr 11 - 4:55 PM

Alec Peters, who had been blurbed a grand total of five times in Rotoworld history, played 28 minutes and hit 12-of-20 shots and eight 3-pointers for a career-high 36 points, a career-high nine boards, two assists and a steal in Tuesday's meaningless finale, which was a 124-97 win over the Mavericks.

If you watched this game simply because you like basketball, you REALLY like basketball. But if you happened to stumble upon Peters' performance tonight, it was pretty remarkable. His previous career high was eight points, he was drafted with the 54th pick last year out of Valpo, is on a two-way contract, and has played in a total of 18 NBA games. The Suns accidentally won the game, but it's OK because they tanked well enough to still be assured of the worst record in the NBA this season, and it was fun getting to watch Peters go all-world. Shaq Harrison, Alex Len, Danuel House and Dragan Bender all played well for the Suns tonight, whose season is mercifully over with a record of 21-61. And if you somehow used Peters in DFS tonight, go buy some lottery tickets while you're at it.
Apr 10 - 10:44 PM

Marquese Chriss (hip) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Mavericks.

Of course he's not playing. The Suns will enter Tuesday's games with just eight healthy bodies, meaning there will be big minutes for guys like Tyler Ulis, Danuel House, Dragan Bender and Alex Len. Ulis will help you with dimes, House with points and triples, Bender can give you some treys, points, boards and blocks and Len should be good for a double-double.

Troy Daniels (ankle) will not suit up for Tuesday's game against the Mavericks.

Danuel House should be getting all the run he can handle tonight, with Shaquille Harrison picking up more playing time with the second unit. House is the more attractive streamer here.
Apr 10 - 4:31 PM

T.J. Warren (knee) and Troy Daniels (ankle) have been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Mavericks.

The Suns will be without Warren, Daniels, Devin Booker (hand), Alan Williams (knee), Elfrid Payton (knee), Tyson Chandler (tankfest), Josh Jackson (why not?) and Marquese Chriss (hip) is expected to join those guys on the sidelines, meaning Phoenix will enter Tuesday's game with just eight active bodies. Tyler Ulis, Danuel House and Dragan Bender are all on the radar as potential streamers.
Apr 10 - 4:25 PM

Marquese Chriss (hip) is now considered doubtful for Tuesday's game vs. Dallas. Coach Jay Triano said that it Chriss is "unlikely" to play.

The Suns' injury situation has been an absolute mess over the last few weeks. Phoenix will again be extremely shorthanded on Tuesday, with Devin Booker (hand), Elfrid Payton (knee), Josh Jackson (quad) and Alan Williams (knee) already ruled out. We should get a final confirmation on Chriss' status approximately 90 minutes prior to tip-off.
Apr 10 - 1:16 PM

Alan Williams (knee) has been ruled out of Tuesday's game vs. Dallas.

Williams underwent offseason knee surgery after signing a new contract last summer, and was only able to appear in five games this season. He has a $5.5 million team option for the 2018-19 campaign. If the Suns decline it, he will become an unrestricted free agent.
Apr 10 - 1:06 PM

T.J. Warren (knee) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's game vs. the Mavs.

Warren hasn't played in a game since March 17th. The Suns have not supplied many details on the nature of his injury or his progress in rehab, but it would certainly be surprised if he was cleared to play in the team' meaningless finale.
Apr 10 - 1:03 PM

Josh Jackson (right quad contusion) has been ruled out of Tuesday's game vs. Dallas.

Jackson's rookie season has come to an end. He averaged just 11.3 points (on 40.6 percent shooting) and 4.1 rebounds prior to the All-Star break, but played much better over the second half of the season, averaging 18.7 points (shooting 43.8 percent from the floor) and 5.9 rebounds.
Apr 10 - 12:59 PM


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