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Smith played a full season with one team for the first time in his career after having played for two teams in each of his first three seasons. The Suns have a team option to bring him back next season at an NBA-affordable $985,000, which is what the 25-year-old made this season. "I'd love to stay," Smith said. "It's nice here. I like the coaches. I like the style. They allow me to play the way I like to play. It was a good start to hopefully being somewhere that I can stay for a little bit. "When you're with a high school team, you're with that same coach for four years and you develop. The same with college. That's why you see consistency with San Antonio and those teams. Coach (Jeff Hornacek) knows what he's getting out of me. He knows what I need to work on and get better at and the guys upstairs know the same. When you come back after building confidence with your team the first year, it continues to get better and you still take steps forward." Arizona Republic
A restricted free agent, the guard has averaged 18 points, 5.5 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game during an injury-truncated season. He's been excellent when on the court, and at 24 still has room to improve. The Suns know this, and they'd like for that improvement to come with him wearing their jersey. "That's what we're planning on doing," Suns GM Ryan McDonough told Burns and Gambo on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Wednesday when asked if the Bledsoe will be retained, be it via a contract he signs with the Suns or one that is signed with someone else but matched by the team. "I think Eric did a terrific job after he was frustrated with the injury. "He came back and played extremely well for us down the stretch." Arizona's Sports Page
J.R. Smith still has hope that Carmelo Anthony, his longtime teammate with the Nuggets and the Knicks, will decide to stay in New York as a free agent this summer. “I mean, in my heart I believe he’ll still be here,” Smith said of Anthony, who didn’t play in either of the Knicks’ final two games after it was revealed Tuesday that he has a small tear in the labrum in his right shoulder. “It’s just a matter of him coming up with that decision. Whatever it is we’re still going to be friends till our dying days, so I mean, whether he’s on my team or he isn’t I still love him like a brother. “But I think he’s very unsatisfied, which he should be.” New York Daily News
But the Suns don't necessarily have all the control when it comes to a potential return. Frye signed a five-year, $30 million contract back in July 2010, however the 30-year-old holds a player option for the fifth year worth $6.8 million. So the question is, will he pick it up this summer? "I don't know, you'd have to ask Channing," Suns general manager Ryan McDonough told Arizona Sports 98.7 FM's Burns & Gambo Wednesday. "We'd like to have him back either way. If he picks up the option, that's great. It's remarkable. He's going to be the one guy who is going to start every game for us this year." Arizona's Sports Page
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