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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

Goran Dragic: I would like to thank to all @Suns fans and to my team for supporting me!I'm truly bless to play basketball for such a great organization Twitter @Goran_Dragic

February 26, 2014 Updates

Of course, nobody from the Suns can comment on impending free agents, much less players who haven’t even opted out yet, such as Love or James. But we asked Lon Babby, the club’s president of basketball operations, if he believes the Suns can be a desirable destination for all top free agents again. “I would challenge the premise slightly,” Babby said. “I don’t think we ever lost our status as a destination, because of the history of the franchise, the weather, the medical and training staff. “Those are constants that make it an attractive place. I wouldn’t deny that we have enhanced our position. I think we were always above average. Now I think we’re in the upper echelon because there’s an excitement and a spirit about the atmosphere and the culture here that is palpable.” Arizona Republic

February 23, 2014 Updates

On March 13, the Suns will have an off night in Boston, and Phoenix guard Leandro Barbosa will go out to dinner with Celtics team physician Dr. Brian McKeon. There is every reason to believe Barbosa will pick up the check. “He saved my life,” Barbosa said. “He saved my life. “He saved my knee. He took care of my knee. Very good guy. Unbelievable job he did with my knee.” Boston Herald

“We talked a lot before he did the surgery, and actually when he opened up my knee he saw that it wasn’t just the ACL,” Barbosa said. “There was a lot more wrong there. The surgery was supposed to be 45 minutes, but it was two hours and 45 minutes. “He got it all right, and I don’t feel anything right now. I’m definitely recovered. It wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for him. “We had my physiotherapist from Brazil come up to watch the surgery, and he told me he’d never seen something like that. He was in the (operating) room with us. He saw everything that was happening, so when we went back to Brazil for the recovery, he could know everything that was going on with my knee. It was great that he brought him here for that.” Boston Herald

February 20, 2014 Updates

McDonough was calling on Wednesday to inform Tucker that he had been fined by the league for his second flopping offense. But Tucker had no way of knowing what the call was about, hence his apprehension once McDonough finally got him on the phone. “I called P.J. and it went to voicemail,” McDonough said, in an interview with Greg Esposito of Suns.com. “I didn’t leave a message, I was just about to text him and ask him to call me back. P.J. called me back — it was about one o’clock [Wednesday] afternoon, so we were about 24 hours before the deadline — and I noticed P.J. was a little short of breath, breathing a little heavy. Then the light went on in my head. I said ‘P.J., we’re not trading you. That’s not what this call’s about.’ Then he said ‘Thank goodness, man. I love it here. I was so nervous.’ I don’t think anybody’s ever been happier to be fined than P.J. Tucker was when I told him, ‘The good news is you’re not being traded, the bad news is that you are getting fined.’ And I think he was glad to pay the fine if he could stay here in Phoenix.” NBCSports.com

Sam Amick: The Phoenix Suns, I'm told, have hit the deadline standing pat, as USAT said they might last night - usatoday.com/story/sports/n… Twitter @sam_amick

With Los Angeles Lakers big man Jordan Hill widely known to be on the block, these last couple of hours should be very interesting. Hill looked to be headed for the Brooklyn Nets, who wanted to use their disabled player exception to add more depth down low despite the fact that they'll take yet another huge luxury tax hit by doing so. But according to a person with knowledge of the situation, the Lakers are now asking for a second-round pick in the deal and it's safe to say the Nets don't see that as a fair deal. Often times, teams that are moving a player like Hill in order to help get them under the increasingly-restrictive luxury tax will offer a pick in addition to the player. The Lakers are clearly talking to several teams, and Dallas, Phoenix and Cleveland were reported by ESPN.com as possibilities. USA Today Sports

The Lakers continue to weigh their options when it comes to big man Jordan Hill, with the hope of moving his $3.5 million salary, further diminishing the team’s luxury tax bill. The Lakers have talked with several teams, including the Pelicans, Bobcats, Suns and Cavaliers, but the team that might wind up in the best position to land Hill remains the Nets, a source told Sporting News. Sporting News

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