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October 23, 2014 Updates

Phoenix Suns forward T.J. Warren has sustained a small crack in a bone in his left thumb. He will be treated with a splint and rest. There is no timetable for his return. NBA.com

October 22, 2014 Updates

As Isaiah Thomas walked into US Airways Center, he couldn’t help but smile. The Phoenix Suns went all-out during his free agency visit, putting pictures of him in a Suns jersey on the Jumbotron and all over the arena – inside and out. “The Phoenix Suns welcome Isaiah Thomas” read an electronic sign outside of the building. This is exactly what Thomas was looking for entering the offseason. “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

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Rookie guard Zoran Dragic remained in Ottawa, resolving a visa issue. Center Alex Len also did not play but he could play in some of this week's preseason games as he works his way back from a second right pinkie fracture. Arizona Republic

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich dismissed Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver's critical comments as silly and said they should have been made while wearing a "chicken suit." Sarver got on the public address microphone Thursday night in Phoenix and apologized to the fans because the Spurs were without several players and Popovich himself. "This is not the game you paid your hard-earned money to watch," Sarver told the crowd. "I apologize for it. And I want you to send me your tickets if you came tonight with a return envelope and I've got a gift for you on behalf of the Suns for showing up tonight. Thank you." USA Today Sports

“As I said, the silliness begins,” he said. “Most wise individuals would check facts before they made statements. Unless you’re interested in putting on a show. In that case, the facts get in your way, as in this case. “We had five guys we didn’t send. Patty Mills had a shoulder operation over the summer. Tiago Splitter (calf) has been out the whole preseason. Kawhi Leonard (eye infection) was out and is still out for 10 more days. The other two, Duncan and Ginobili, are two of the oldest guys in the league who just came back from a 13-day European trip. San Antonio Express-News

October 18, 2014 Updates
October 17, 2014 Updates

"I just felt that the fans paid good money for the game and they didn't see the players that they anticipated seeing," Sarver said. "It was just a gesture to let them know that we appreciate their support and want to do something to compensate for that." Sarver said the organization had heard from fans who were displeased that they would not see all of the available Spurs. "But that wasn't really the reason I did it," Sarver said. "I just think it was the right thing to do." Arizona Republic

October 16, 2014 Updates

This is what has given Earl Barron a chance to make the regular-season roster despite the Suns already having 15 guaranteed contracts. After getting 13 rebounds in 24 minutes at Houston, Barron has been the preseason's top Suns rebounder. The 33-year-old journeyman, who started six games for Phoenix in 2010 while Robin Lopez was hurt, has a reliable mid-range shot, too. He could be competing for a 15-man roster spot with Shavlik Randolph, who has a guaranteed $1.23 million salary. Arizona Republic

 

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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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