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August 30, 2014 Updates

Suns draft pick Bogdan Bogdanovic is listed at 6-6, but appears to be a bit shorter. He played neither great nor poorly on Saturday. He dished out four assists and was a game-high plus-23, but took just three shots (all 3-pointers). And it would have been hard to tell how NBA-ready he really is against this opponent anyway. France (Sunday), Brazil (Wednesday) and Spain (Thursday) will provide better tests. NBA.com

August 29, 2014 Updates

"He was awesome," Dragic continued. "He was our best player on the court. "It means a lot to play with him. We don't see each other so often. OK, on Skype, but it's not the same. Now it's a perfect situation for us to play together with the national team. "We can share the court and maybe do some damage [in Group D]. And hopefully someday we can play each other in the NBA." ESPN.com

Croatian Bojan Bogdanovic left Fenerbahce/ Ulker for the NBA. Can this be the future of Bogdan also, like most of the Euroleague rising star award winners? “To tell you the truth for me that is only statistics, numbers. I hope I will not ruin that statistic and continue in the same path with the previous rising stars. But the NBA is so far right now”. EuroHoops.net

August 27, 2014 Updates
August 26, 2014 Updates

Casey Prather was a role player for three years at Florida before becoming a Wooden All-American as a senior. Going undrafted would not necessarily seem to be the end of his NBA hopes either. Prather and NBA veteran man big man Earl Barron have accepted invitations to join the Suns training camp on non-guaranteed contracts. The Suns have 13 guaranteed contracts without the Eric Bledsoe situation being resolved and can carry up to 15 players on the regular-season roster. Training camp opens in Flagstaff on Sept. 30. Arizona Republic

Dragic still might be seen more than Derrick Rose on Tuesday, but the agreement has been for Dragic to be kept to one practice per day and no more than 25 minutes of playing time in exhibition appearances. The Suns and his agents agreed to bump his exhibition appearances from three to five, which still keeps him out of most of Slovenia's 16 exhibitions. "You have to be ready and be fair," said Rade Filipovic, who represents Dragic along with agent Bill Duffy. "We don't want him to be burned out or injured. Everyone is concerned or cautious. "You have to respect Phoenix. He had two or three ankle injuries. It's tough. When you were born like him, you want to play. You know Goran. He plays hurt. But he's 100 percent healthy. I expect him to be 100 percent and fresh for the new season. We try to learn from the past mistakes. He's a national hero and the only guy who is the pride of the nation. It's a huge pressure for him." Arizona Republic

Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough talked Monday to Dragic, who also said that he is "fresh." McDonough said Filipovic, Duffy, the Slovenians and the Suns have cooperated to execute a mutually beneficial plan. "We wanted to make sure Goran was fresh and stays healthy but still allow him to get ready for the tournament," McDonough said. "It's been a positive experience." Arizona Republic

August 25, 2014 Updates

“I went on one visit, with the Phoenix Suns, and they just pulled out the red carpet for me and in the end I just felt wanted,” Thomas told Basketball Insiders. “That was the biggest thing for me, to go to a team that really wanted me for who I was and loved me for what I did – loved me for being a scoring point guard and being a 5’9 point guard. I felt Phoenix was the best destination for me with the style of play, with the coach and with the whole organization there. Everything feels like it’s going forward. I mean, they won 48 games last year, they were one game from the playoffs and it just seemed like the right fit for me.” Basketball Insiders

“Am I surprised Sacramento didn’t bring me back? People always ask that. Actually, I wasn’t. I always felt like they didn’t appreciate me as much as they should,” Thomas said. “I’m not saying the fans – the fans loved me and the city of Sacramento loved me. But it’s a business. They felt like they could get somebody better and I don’t blame them, that’s on them, and it’s their loss. I’m just going to continue to work hard, and worry about the Phoenix Suns. That’s what it’s about now. It’s not about Sacramento. It’s not about me not going back there. I wish them the best, and now it’s about being on the Phoenix Suns and making the playoffs.” Basketball Insiders

Darren Wolfson: #Twolves like him a lot. I can't concoct a scenario to actually get. RT @ColinNelson79 @DarrenWolfson See the Wolves trading for E. Bledsoe? Twitter @DarrenWolfson

August 23, 2014 Updates
August 22, 2014 Updates

The Suns have contacted at least one team and taken inquiries from others regarding the possibility of executing a Bledsoe sign-and-trade. That would include the Suns signing Bledsoe, a restricted free agent, to a contract on behalf of another team in exchange for player(s) and/or draft pick(s). Other league executives who have not been contacted by the Suns said that they have heard Phoenix is looking into the possibility. The Suns declined comment. Arizona Republic

The Suns never closed the door to the possibility of a sign-and-trade with Bledsoe since free agency began July 1 but were adamant this summer that their priority and preference was to sign Bledsoe to a long-term contract. That remains the case. They sought him in a trade last summer and built a system to fit the way he and Goran Dragic play — and because of their ability to sign Bledsoe or match another team's offer sheet. The Suns won two-thirds of their games when Bledsoe and Dragic started together last season. Arizona Republic

Given the stalemates that have gone on with Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe and Pistons forward Greg Monroe, the best option for both players would seem to be some sort of sign-and-trade. Bledsoe has been shopped around the league for the past month, while the Washington Post’s Michael Lee reports that Monroe’s agent, David Falk, has sought sign-and-trade deals to get his client out of Detroit. But, as one league general manager told Sporting News this week, their potential free agency next summer has cooled the market for each. Sporting News

 

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