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May 22, 2015 Updates

"I think I was traded because I played so well," Knight said. "My value increased so quickly. That's the reason I was traded." Knight said "our entire team was shocked" by the trade, especially after the Bucks had won eight of their past nine games entering the All-Star break. Arizona Republic

April 15, 2015 Updates

Five in-season trades and 23 roster players were not in the plan. McDonough said the Suns' failure to take advantage of an easier early schedule set the path. By mid-December, the Suns were 12-14 with five home losses to teams now with losing records. "We've tried to do something that's not easy to do," McDonough said. "We tried to turn over the roster with talented, young players who have some potential but probably aren't ready to win yet at the highest levels. But we also tried to stay competitive in a brutal Western Conference. Usually, teams try to do one or the other. They load up on veteran guys and trade draft picks and go all in or they completely blow up and gut the team and try to acquire and play a bunch of young guys." Arizona Republic

March 24, 2015 Updates

The future is uncertain, and by getting two picks spaced four years apart, Phoenix maximized its chances of catching the Heat in a down cycle at least once. The Suns might have been able to snag Luol Deng in that same trade, but they never asked about him, according to sources familiar with the talks. That’s especially revealing in connection with the whirlwind of deals that accompanied the Dragic trade: the three-team blockbuster that ended with Brandon Knight in Phoenix, and the separate deal sending Thomas to Boston for another pick. Grantland

March 20, 2015 Updates
March 2, 2015 Updates

Do you feel good about the way it ended in Phoenix? Giran Dragic: “I wish it would have gone differently. I’m never the guy who is going back in the past. What it is, it is. I’m always going to be grateful for what the organization and Robert (Sarver) and his family did for me. But I wish it ended on different circumstances.” Palm Beach Post

Do you regret how you handled it? Giran Dragic: “Definitely. Maybe I came too harsh. I came out and said what I was feeling. I never said nothing about how it was a bad organization, just how I felt. Maybe I shouldn’t say that, but I’m an honest guy so I say what I feel. I felt that at that time. “When I look back, it sounds harsh. It is what it is. I cannot correct this. The people who know me and were with me all those years, they know my personality. I never intended to do something to harm the organization or the people who were working with me.” Palm Beach Post

February 25, 2015 Updates
February 24, 2015 Updates

“Heading into the All-Star break, we didn’t love the vibe around our team,” McDonough said. “I feel like there was a little more selfishness than there was last year. I think there’s some guys probably more concerned about their stats or individual contract status than team success. That’s one thing we’re trying to do here. We’re trying to build a culture, trying to find the core guys, the key guys to build around. I feel like we’re getting closer.’’ “Sometimes the players look at it and the agents look at it and say ‘What’s best for my client?’ As a player, ‘What benefits me the most?’ That was a bit disappointing. [The three-guard offense] certainly didn’t succeed. It certainly didn’t fail but we’re fine with that.” Boston Globe

The Suns are 2½ games behind Oklahoma City for the final playoff spot with a Thursday home matchup with the Thunder, in what could be considered the most important game of the season. The upheaval has to subside soon for Phoenix to fulfill expectations. “We just have to start winning,” McDonough said. “Despite all the changes and the turmoil, we’re two games out of the eighth spot right now. We’re going to see what we can do. Since we made the moves, the vibe around our team is better. The players have more energy. I feel good about our direction.” Boston Globe

Celtics president Danny Ainge never had a chance to get to Thornton. He found out about the trade from a teammate who was also about to get shipped out — Tayshaun Prince. “Rumors, but I didn’t know until the last second,” Thornton said. “I put my phone down, Tayshaun picked his phone up and there it was. I was like, damn, I just put my phone down. That’s how fast it happened. I saw everything happening, and all of a sudden Tayshaun picks his up and says, ‘You gone.’ A crazy turn of events.” Boston Herald

February 23, 2015 Updates
February 22, 2015 Updates

“I think I was more excited than he was,” the 2000 Hall of Fame inductee told the Herald. “I called him first when I heard about the trade, and I told him, I said, ‘This is going to be great for you.’ I told him, ‘There’s two historic organizations in the NBA — LA and Boston — and you’re getting a chance to play for one of them.’ I told him he would love Danny (Ainge) and that he was going to be immersed in a basketball culture. I told him he was going to be around people who have won championships, who talk championship and understand championship. Not too many players are blessed with that opportunity to be around that environment. I mean, Cedric Maxwell is calling the games, and he was the MVP of The Finals. Tommy Heinsohn is doing their TV, and he’s in the Hall of Fame as a player and a coach. I told him, ‘You’re getting ready to be immersed in a basketball culture and tradition that you’ve never experienced before, and feel fortunate because it’s a wonderful opportunity. Embrace it.’” Boston Herald

February 21, 2015 Updates

Goran Dragic, who wanted a trade out of Phoenix, said he was thrilled to be in Miami. "They won three championship rings," he said, "and everyone wants to play for a championship team." Miami got the Dragics — Goran being a third-team All-NBA point guard last season, Zoran a rookie shooting guard — in what became a seven-player, three-team trade on Thursday. USA Today Sports

 

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