Player News - Suns

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Devin Booker underwent surgery to repair the fifth metacarpophalangeal joint in his right hand on Monday and he's expected to be sidelined for the next six weeks.

This means that Booker will miss all of camp and the preseason, and there's a good chance he won't be ready for opening night. If he meets his six-week timetable, that would have him missing the first 2-3 games of the year, and it'll likely take him about a month to really get going. That said, he's set up for a monster season with very little depth in Phoenix's backcourt, so this news shouldn't dramatically alter his draft stock.
Sep 10 - 6:08 PM

Devin Booker will have right hand surgery on Monday and will be out indefinitely, according to John Gambadoro.

Booker is "likely to miss the start of training camp," according to the report from Arizona Sports. He jammed his hand back on Mar. 14 and wound up missing the final 12 games of the regular season. The initial diagnosis must have been that he'd heal fully with enough rest, but obviously that didn't suffice with surgery pending mere weeks before camp. There's no indication that Booker will miss regular-season games, but his status should be clarified after Monday's surgery. Stay tuned.
Sep 9 - 7:51 PM

The Cavs worked out Tyler Ulis, JaKarr Sampson, Alan Williams and Marcus Georges-Hunt on Wednesday.

The Cavs still need to fill out their camp roster, and they're likely going to be one of the shallowest teams in the NBA. Ulis has trended down since his rookie season, so he may only get an Exhibit 10 deal.
Sep 5 - 4:09 PM

In order to facilitate the trade to Phoenix, Ryan Anderson agreed to reduce the guarantee on his $21 million salary in 2019-20 to $15.6 million, according to Adrian Wojnarowski‏ of ESPN.

The $15.6 million sum matches Brandon Knight’s salary for the 2019-20 season. This an important detail for Phoenix, as it may make it easier to flip Anderson next summer, especially if he re-establishes some of his value playing for the Suns. Per Woj, Phoenix will have to decide by July 10, 2019 on guaranteeing the full amount for the final season of Anderson’s contract, or they can waive him and owe him the $15.6 million.
Aug 31 - 12:01 PM

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com, the Suns "will continue to pursue trade scenarios to bring on a starting-caliber point guard before start of season."

The Suns just dealt away Brandon Knight, so there's probably more to it than that. For now, the Suns will likely have Elie Okobo and De'Anthony Melton vying for the first-string minutes while Shaq Harrison could add some guard depth. General manager Ryan McDonough has said the Suns had Okobo way higher than 31 on their board, so a strong Melton Vegas run likely still has Okobo out in front.
Aug 31 - 1:15 AM

De'Anthony Melton was traded to the Suns, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

And the list of fantasy sleepers just gained two more names with Melton and Elie Okobo set to compete for the starting point guard spot. Coach Igor Kokoskov has suggested that he doesn't want to run Devin Booker at the point as much this season, so it's possible there are 48 minutes up for grabs at the one. Melton is a better fit next to Booker for his upside as a shooter, and he showed off his Drew Hanlen-built stroke at summer leagues, as well. This will be a position battle every fantasy owner will want to watch this summer.
Aug 31 - 12:00 AM

Houston has traded Ryan Anderson and De'Anthony Melton to Phoenix for Marquese Chriss and Brandon Knight, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

The Rockets finally get off their awful Ryan Anderson contract, but they do take on the bad money from Brandon Knight. Anderson likely was out of the rotation in Houston, but Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that he's expected to start for the Suns, which is a little weird, given the youth movement in Phoenix. The Suns have said they want some rim protection at their center spot, so clearly that's not Anderson's forte. Even if he does start, it's hard to envision him playing heavy minutes and the injury-prone, 30-year-old shooter doesn't have a lot of fantasy appeal. Let's see what he does in the preseason.
Aug 30 - 11:57 PM

Amare Stoudemire wrote recently on Instagram, "NBA ready," the latest indication that he hopes to rejoin the NBA this season.

Stoudemire included multiple hashtags, including "TheReturn," but so far he hasn't been linked to a specific team. He last played in the NBA for Miami in 2015-16, averaging a career-low 5.8 points in 14.7 minutes per game. Considering he'll be 36 years old in November, we're not expecting him to earn a guaranteed deal.
Source: Instagram
Aug 26 - 7:35 PM

Josh Gray has reportedly reached an agreement to sign with the LG Sakers of the Korean Basketball League.

Gray appeared in five games for the Suns last season, averaging 6.4 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.6 steals in 17.3 minutes per contest. He spent most of the year with Phoenix's G-League affiliate.
Aug 18 - 11:26 AM

Despite some rumors to the contrary, the Heat are not interested in trading for Ryan Anderson, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

Per the report, USA Today and ESPN have floated the idea of Houston trading Anderson and a draft pick to Miami for Tyler Johnson or James Johnson but "it’s not something the Heat has found appealing." Considering Houston won 65 games last season, it's safe to assume that any pick they trade away would end up at the very back of the first round. In addition, Anderson makes more than both Tyler and James Johnson, and would only increase the Heat's luxury tax bill.
Aug 18 - 9:33 AM

The Suns have re-signed Isaiah Canaan.

He suffered a brutal ankle fracture in Jan. 31 and needed season-ending surgery, so the Suns had to waive him on an expiring deal. Canaan was getting around 20 minutes before his injury, but he may have a tougher time making the roster with Brandon Knight back, Shaq Harrison playing well, and the Suns picking Elie Okobo.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 3 - 5:05 PM
Alec Peters - F/C - Suns

Alec Peters has signed a one-year contract with CSKA Moscow.

He was on a two-way contract with the Suns last season. Peters was pulled up in the late stages of 2017-18 and went off in a meaningless season finale against the Mavs, knocking down eight treys en route to 36 points and added nine boards in a win. The one-year length of the deal shows the 23-year-old is likely to make another run at making it in the NBA, but for now, he's got his sights set on a EuroLeague title.
Jul 23 - 11:25 AM

The Suns do not plan to buy out Tyson Chandler, according to Scott Bordow of the Arizona Republic.

Phoenix traded for Richaun Holmes on Friday morning, leading to speculation that the Suns may choose to buy out the final season of Chandler's contract, which will pay him $13.6 million. However, Bordow, who is a plugged-in beat reporter, says that Pheonix plans on holding onto Tyson. Still, that may change later in the season if the Suns are unable to trade his expiring contract.
Jul 20 - 1:46 PM

The Suns plan on keeping Shaquille Harrison next season, according to Scott Bordow of the Arizona Republic.

Harrison averaged 6.6 points and 2.4 assists in 16.7 minutes per game last season, while shooting 47.6 percent from the field. He played well at the Las Vegas Summer League earlier this month, averaging 12.2 points, 6.6 assists and 2.4 steals per game. Shaq has a chance to earn minutes at PG next season, as the only two other point guards on the roster are Brandon Knight and Elie Okobo.
Jul 20 - 1:28 PM

The Suns will guarantee the contract of Davon Reed on Friday.

The Suns selected Reed with the 32nd overall pick in the 2017 draft. He appeared in 21 games for Phoenix last season and averaged 3.0 points while shooting just 28.9 percent from the floor. However, he played well in Las Vegas this month, averaging 13.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists, while shooting 48.9 percent from the field and 41 percent from 3-point range. Reed will earn $1.4 million next season and will compete for playing time with Troy Daniels, as Devin Booker's backup.
Jul 20 - 1:04 PM


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