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April 15, 2015 Updates

For the second consecutive year, a point guard in his first season with the Suns was leaving US Airways Center after an injury-marred, non-playoff season and heading into restricted free agency. But Brandon Knight does not sound like he wants any part of the summer-long saga that teammate Eric Bledsoe had last year before agreeing to a deal in late September. Unlike Bledsoe's non-committal approach to free agency after last season ended, Knight expressed a desire to return to Phoenix on Wednesday when the Suns met as a team and had individual exit interviews with team brass. "If it can be quick and easy, that's the best thing," Knight said. "You don't want to go through a fight or anything like that or you don't want to drag it out as well. Definitely don't want anything that leads up to training camp. For me, it's just about doing what's best for me and my family and the Suns will do the same. I'm optimistic about the situation. I like it here. I like the way I've been treated so far. Top-class organization. I'm looking forward to a future with the Suns." Arizona Republic

The Suns can match any offer sheet that Knight might sign with another team in July or offer him an additional year that no other team can do. "I enjoy my time here," Knight said. "I look forward to being here in the future and we'll see what happens this summer but I'm optimistic about returning next summer." Arizona Republic

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

The Suns exceeded expectations two seasons ago and failed to meet them this season. McDonough said the truth lies in between. "If we're realistic with ourselves, a lot of guys had career years last year," McDonough said. "For whatever reason, a lot of players who stayed or who left in free agency or who we traded weren't able to sustain that same level. We all share responsibility in how this season has gone. It's been a challenge. The team last year probably wasn't as good, in terms of potential, upside and growth to take it to the next level, as a lot of people thought. Where we are now, despite the struggles and factoring in injuries and youth, we're probably not as bad as people are making it out to be." Arizona Republic

April 14, 2015 Updates

Hornacek has an ideal relationship with the front office, regularly meeting after practices and games and sharing the same philosophies. It will be interesting to see whether management wants to pick up Hornacek's 2016-17 contract option year and can convince Managing Partner Robert Sarver to do so. It would show their belief in him before next season, his contract's last guaranteed year. Arizona Republic

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The Phoenix Suns have signed Jerel McNeal through the 2015-16 season. The Suns had previously signed McNeal to a 10-day contract on April 1. RealGM

April 10, 2015 Updates

Here are Dragic’s top five American cities, in no particular order (well, one of them is in order): “Miami is No. 1. I like how the city is built right on the water. The weather is nice. I like it because every time we came here, if you stay after the game, you can go out and eat. If it’s 1 a.m. or 2 a.m., places are open. I struggled with that in Phoenix because all the restaurants close at 10 p.m. You couldn’t get nothing to eat. But I like it here because it’s a lot of different cultures, too. I really like that because it’s a different flavor.” Palm Beach Post

A sampling of activities for which Barnes has been suspended and/or fined while treating his teammates like family: Fighting Rafer Alston (2008), chucking a ball in the stands (2009), criticizing referees (2010), escalating a fight between Jason Terry and Steve Blake (2011), fighting Greg Stiemsma (2013), failing to leave the court in a timely manner (twice; 2013), kicking a water bottle into the stands (2014) and talking to fans/cursing at Suns owner Robert Sarver(2015). Amount in fines Barnes estimates he’s paid to the NBA during his career: About $500,000. What Barnes thinks would have happened if it had been him, and not James Harden, who “accidentally” kicked LeBron James in a sensitive region of the anatomy in a game in February: “I’d be put in jail. Or at least suspended for several games.” Sports Illustrated

April 9, 2015 Updates
 

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN SUNS HISTORY

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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