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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

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

“It's completely unfair to misrepresent Gerald and his game like this," Kevin Bradbury of BDA Sports told Sporting News. "You’re talking about a player that wants to win at any cost and is a tremendous locker guy and teammate. I don't see the benefit for the coach to go about things this way.” Green is in his second year with the Suns and posted his best game of the season Wednesday night against the Mavericks, scoring 30 points on 10-for-19 shooting. But after averaging 15.8 points in 28.4 minutes a game last season, he is down to 11.8 in 19.3 minutes this year. He can be a free agent this summer. Sporting News

“The numbers show pretty clearly that Gerald is not the terrible defensive player he is being made out to be,” Bradbury said. “The Suns played him a lot last year, they liked what he brought, when he was rolling, the team was rolling, and no one was out there complaining about his defense. “It's unfortunate because the team isn't where some people thought it would or should be at this point in the season. I'm not sure why that falls on one guy all of a sudden, especially when they have known all along what they have with Gerald. He can score, and can score a lot quickly, when you give him the minutes. He brings it on the defensive end, consistent with what the team brings as a unit. But when you hear the coach saying he is so bad that he can’t be on the floor? That’s nonsense. You have to wonder where that comes from and why.” Sporting News

April 8, 2015 Updates

"In the beginning, I thought I was playing better than last year but I guess other people thought otherwise," said Green, who started 48 games, averaged 15.8 points and made 40 percent of 3-pointers last season. "It hasn't been the same (since the Chicago game). I ain't gonna lie. It's been frustrating because I know I can help win." Arizona Republic

"I feel like I could've helped a lot more than I did this season," Green said. "Those decisions weren't up to me. If I play, I'll go out and give it my best. I don't really get excited about games any more because I don't know if I'm going to play. These type of games don't excite me any more. They don't give me confidence. "I don't want to get too excited because I know the next game I might not play." Arizona Republic

 

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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