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Suns guard Eric Bledsoe still has a plan to make his return Wednesday night at home against Cleveland but he could move it to Monday night’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers. “It’s up to him,” Coach Jeff Hornacek said. “(Head athletic trainer) Aaron (Nelson) and those guys have done all the conditioning and training that he needs to do. When he feels comfortable with going and feel like he’s ready to go, he’ll go. Wednesday is kind of that target day. Arizona Republic

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Bledsoe will return to game action for the Suns in the next week. The point guard will play no later than next Wednesday’s home game against Cleveland and no earlier than Sunday at Golden State. The Suns also play Monday at the Los Angeles Clippers, Bledsoe’s former team, at the Staples Center, where he injured his knee in a Dec. 30 win. Bledsoe underwent arthroscopic surgery Jan. 10 and has been rehabilitating it with significant recent progress. On Wednesday, Bledsoe participated in full-court, five-on-five scrimmaging for the third time in five days. Arizona Republic

March 5, 2014 Updates
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Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe will try his second day of gradually increasing five-on-five work at practice Monday. “I’ve tried to talk to Eric about saying you’ve got to just push through being tired because that’s the only way you’re going to get in better shape,” Hornacek said. Arizona Republic

March 2, 2014 Updates

So far, 29 10-day contracts have been signed this season, and seven were then signed to a second 10-day contract. Three players – Leandro Barbosa in Phoenix, Chris Johnson in Boston and Cartier Martin in Atlanta -- have been signed for the remainder of the season after first signing on with a 10-day contract. More than ever, however, teams must be judicious in which players they sign. If a player performs so well on a 10-day contract, it might be difficult to sign him to favorable long-term deal. Cleveland Plain Dealer

With an exciting, up-tempo brand of basketball, the Suns have fast-tracked their retooling plan under first-year general manager McDonough, the former Celtics executive and son of former Globe sportswriter Will McDonough. On an ESPN college basketball telecast, brother Sean McDonough referred to the Suns as “America’s Team,” a term that made Ryan laugh considering the season’s expectations in October. “Our long-term approach hasn’t changed,” he said. “We’re trying to get great players, through the draft or trade or free agency, but in the short term I think we’re ahead of what most people thought we would be. If we can use things like our cap space to help solidify our team we’ll do that, but at the same time we’re happy with the group we have.” Boston Globe

“The best value in the NBA, in the new [collective bargaining agreement], is a really good player on a rookie-scale contract,” McDonough said. “When we won the championship in Boston in 2008, we had Rajon [Rondo] on his rookie-scale contract. We had Glen Davis, who played a big role for us. Leon Powe played a good-sized role for us. Kendrick Perkins had re-signed and had a good number, so that was important.” The Phoenix equivalent of those players are Dragic, Markieff Morris, Marcus Morris, EricBledsoe, Miles Plumlee, and ex-Celtic Gerald Green. McDonough made the astute hire of former Suns and Jazz standout Jeff Hornacek as coach, although the two had never met before the interview process. Hornacek has made the most of his first NBA head coaching job, galvanizing a bunch of youngsters and journeymen. Boston Globe

March 1, 2014 Updates

After playing 60 games for Indiana last season and 31 for New Jersey the season before that, he is hopeful he has found a new home with the Suns and rookie coach Jeff Hornacek, to whom he credits his success. “It speaks to just believing in yourself, never giving up on yourself and obviously sticking with an organization that finally believed in me,” Green said. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

“I always wondered would I ever be back in the league. I didn’t know. I knew if ever had the opportunity, I wanted to be as ready as possible. “I still have a long way to go. I haven’t done nothing in this league, nothing. Even right now, I haven’t done nothing in this league. I’m still trying to find ways to get better.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

The Suns signed veteran power forward Shavlk Randolph in a move to bolster their frontcourt for the playoff race and possible postseason. Arizona Republic

Free agent center Shavlik Randolph has signed with the Phoenix Suns for the rest of the season, with a team option for 2014-15, his agent, Joel Bell, told RealGM. Randolph had been with Guangdong of the Chinese Basketball Association this season, averaging 22.3 points and 12.3 rebounds on one of the league’s elite clubs. RealGM

Goran Dragic almost didn't play Friday night. On a bad ankle, with his Phoenix team needing to end a three-game skid, he decided to give it a try. The result was a career-high 40-point performance in 42 minutes, leading the Suns past the New Orleans Pelicans 116-104. "I think everybody knows about Goran Dragic now," Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said, "or they should." A game-time decision because of a sore right ankle that had kept him out of Wednesday's loss at Utah, Dragic played all but the last 10 seconds of the second half in the first 40-point game for a Phoenix player since Amare Stoudemire's 44 on March 19, 2010. "That's what All-Stars do," Hornacek said, a not-so-veiled reference to Dragic being left off the All-Star team. At the end, as Dragic sank the free throws that got him to 40, the crowd chanted "M-V-P." USA Today Sports

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