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April 18, 2014 Updates

The only murky part is Bledsoe has not committed himself publicly to the idea of wanting to come back to Phoenix. He deflects repeated questions on the matter, providing answers about spending time with his family and working on his game in the summer in Birmingham, Ala. He makes slight occasional references to a Phoenix future, as he did when talking about missing the playoffs: "It was a failure that we didn't make it. We've got a little bit of experience going into next year to know what it takes." Arizona Republic

His teammates seem to have a better feel, especially his neighbor this season on team flights. "He wants to be back," Smith said. "He likes it here." Arizona Republic

April 17, 2014 Updates

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

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

April 16, 2014 Updates

Frye would like to negotiate a contract extension after averaging 11.2 points and 5.1 rebounds this season on 43.3 percent shooting, including 37.1 percent on 3s. "I want to talk to the Suns and make sure we're both on the same page about what I want," Frye said. "I'd love to stay here. It's up to them and their future and what they want to do. I love wearing this uniform. I think I take a little more pride in it than everyone else because I'm from here. "It's looking for the future and if I could get something longer. I got kids and I want to be somewhere. I've been here for five years already so it wouldn't be bad to kind of not be worried about being traded or buying a house." Arizona Republic

Frye, 30, will be the first Suns player to start 82 games in a season since Amar'e Stoudemire in 2009-10. Frye has never played an entire season in his eight-year career but did play 81 in 2009-10, when he was suspended for a game for fighting Danny Granger. After the ultimate health scare, he proved to be the sturdiest starter. "Coming off the year I had of doing absolutely nothing, it just means even more," Frye said. "I have to say thank you to the trainers for always making sure I wasn't too paranoid about everything and keeping me healthy and I also have to thank my wife for cooking me a bunch of meals and making sure I'm getting rest and not overthinking things. "Embracing every day has helped me to set myself up for the future without even knowing it. If you try to do your best every day, in a week, you wind up being better than you were the week before. This year has been amazing. This has been a year of appreciation. Every day has been awesome, good or bad." Arizona Republic

April 15, 2014 Updates

"I think that's the biggest takeaway for our team is that these guys competed, coming in here and having a team that was only supposed to win 19 games," Hornacek said. "What we wanted to do is get them to play hard and play together as a team, and then we'll build from there. So we've accomplished that." ESPN.com

April 14, 2014 Updates

Green's mother had four kids but had to stop working because her second-oldest, Gerald, frequently was up to no good. He was not a delinquent, but the restless energy and active mouth that make him amiable today were trouble then. He ran his mouth to students and teachers. He ran southeast Houston's streets, chasing dogs, hopping fences, playing midnight basketball and tackle football on concrete. "I wasn't a menace to society, but I was active and I was bad," Green said. Arizona Republic

He was wearing his mother's class ring. When he slapped the door ledge, the ring got caught on a nailhead and ripped off the skin and tendons above his right ring finger's lower knuckle. "I was hanging on the nail for a split second," Green said. "Have you seen 'Terminator 2' when he cut off his hand and you see nothing but the inside? That's how it was. It was nothing but white bone." Arizona Republic

Green's father, a firefighter, made the decision during surgery to have the finger removed above the lower knuckle because the lack of feeling or movement in it could affect him in sports. "I was devastated," Green said. "I think about it every day. I didn't cry when it happened. I cried after I woke up from surgery and saw that my finger was gone. I was looking at my hand, going, 'Where the hell is my finger at?' " Arizona Republic

The finger nub became the source of fights because of his sensitivity about it and his dad's advice to always hit back. He said he would not even discuss it until three years ago when he realized he could inspire people with his story, one in which that was just the first hurdle. Arizona Republic

Green was cut again as a sophomore but was added to the sophomore team after the death of a player who collapsed on the court due to a heart defect. He moved to junior varsity before the season was over and varsity as a junior before transferring to Gulf Shores Academy to repeat his junior season. The strip-mall school no longer exists. Green said college recruiters would not even come to the campus, where he said he saw students with guns and drugs, pregnant girls fighting and a student cut on the face with a razor. "It was not a place you woke up wanting to go," Green said. Arizona Republic

April 13, 2014 Updates

Dragic said he played at 35-40 percent on the left ankle that he sprained Wednesday and kept him out Friday at San Antonio. "It's tough," Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said. "We told them that all we can do is try to win these last two games and maybe something happens. It's probably not likely but you never know. Our guys are pretty down. They had two great efforts these last two games. "That's how we've been all year with ups and downs and runs. It's a tough way to lose these two games. To their credit, they battled every minute of both games." Arizona Republic

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The timing could not be worse. The bad timing is not even that the Suns have to play here with their season in the balance against the Spurs, the NBA's best team, and in an AT&T Center full of ghastly Suns postseason flashbacks from 2003 to 2008. It is the timing of Suns scoring and playmaking leader Goran Dragic going into a limp on his sprained left ankle and how it puts him in question for Friday's game at San Antonio. The game already was a quandary for the Suns (47-31) because, as much as every win can help the playoff chase, the more important game is on the tail end of this back-to-back set Saturday night at Dallas. The Suns are 8-9 this season on the second night of back-to-back sets. Arizona Republic

April 8, 2014 Updates
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The Phoenix Suns might be the best NBA franchise never to win a title. They came close a few times thanks to the two point guards that top this list.

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