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February 19, 2014 Updates
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Suns GM Ryan McDonough has informed inquiring teams over the past few weeks that if Phoenix is still in the playoff hunt at the break, he will be aggressive in the trade market in an attempt to push the team into the postseason. The Suns hit the break in the seventh spot in the West, but one rival executive says Phoenix will not take parting with draft picks lightly and isn't interested in taking on future salary. At least one of those conditions would have to change to turn the Suns' aggressive posture into an actual trade. CBSSports.com

Q: A Yahoo contributor is reporting on a Boozer-to-Suns trade. Just curious, does your gardener have any trade rumors to report? Sam Smith: What complicates the situation is when “respectable” sites publish pretty much it seems without editing fan columns and stories and suggestions that can be easily confused with the reporting work of experienced journalists. Not that those veterans get it right all the time, but they generally have higher standards. I can understand a bit the notion of a Boozer for that Okafor expiring contract, to get something for nothing sort of thing. But everything I have heard about the Suns is they are not looking for any short term help but would do a deal—they save a lot of money on Okafor’s insurance and aren’t being quick to give that up—if they can land a player part of their long term future. NBA.com

Marc Stein: One week away from trade deadline keep hearing execs say Suns/Bobcats are teams to watch. Since both armed w/assets they seem willing to use Twitter

February 13, 2014 Updates

The Suns players and staff get a pick-me-up at every practice and when they walk through the training room. They have been seeing rehabilitating point guard Eric Bledsoe taking shots on the court and running on a treadmill. Friday will mark five weeks since Bledsoe’s right-knee surgery. No timetable for a recovery or return was shared, but many believed he could return not long after the All-Star break. “He’s making good progress on his rehab,” Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby said. “He’s progressing as expected. We’re still optimistic that he’ll return some time after the All-Star break. “He’s been working diligently with our training staff and the reports are encouraging.” Arizona Republic

February 12, 2014 Updates

As a guest of the Doug and Wolf Show on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Tuesday as part of Newsmakers Week, Phoenix Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby was asked if the team had seen enough of the guard to know if they are going to match any offer the restricted free agent might receive from another team over the summer. "I think our answer to that is yes, that we know enough about Eric as a player," Babby said. "Even more importantly, we've lived with him now for almost a year as a person. We like everything about him. Like him as a teammate, like him as a representative of our franchise and everything that he stands for. "He's got a tremendous future." Arizona's Sports Page

It's the second time Bledsoe has needed the meniscus in that knee operated on since 2011. "I always feel in these medical situations that we have an extraordinary advantage because of not only the quality of our training staff, led by Aaron Nelson, but also the quality of our medical staff led by Dr. Carter," Babby said. "And if they tell us, as I believe they will, that he's going to have a long and healthy career, then I'm willing to take my chances and I think the whole organization will be willing to take our chances on that. And we know his circumstance better than anyone else would know it. "I think he will be a Phoenix Sun for a long time; that would be my expectation and my hope." Arizona's Sports Page

February 11, 2014 Updates

Ethan J. Skolnick: Eddie House is doing pregame and postgame TV work for Suns. Famous for his "middle fingers to the haters" line in 2010. Twitter @EthanJSkolnick

The Miami Heat’s stop in Phoenix for Tuesday night’s game is also a chance for LeBron James to check in on family. James considers injured Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe to be family. Their close relationship was apparent this off-season when he tweeted a photo of them out together and wrote, “Phx got them something special in him.” James made Bledsoe the only non-Heat player in a Samsung commercial, with that same photo appearing to show Bledsoe calling James. “I take care of family,” James said of insisting that Bledsoe be in the commercial. Arizona Republic

Q: Did you give the Warriors permission to talk to Amare about a contract extension as a step in a possible trade? Steve Kerr: We never got that far. That would’ve been part of it. He would’ve been a free agent the following summer–obviously teams are reluctant to trade for coming free agents. That would’ve been the next part of the conversation… a physical and an extension and that kind of stuff. San Jose Mercury-News

Q: When you took Earl Clark over Jrue Holiday at 14 was that partly because you thought you had Curry and didn’t want to draft two point guards? Steve Kerr: We liked Holiday a lot. We still had Nash, we had Goran Dragic who we loved and we had a potential thought we had a potential deal involving Curry. We didn’t know what was going to happen. And so you toss all that together, we were thinking, ‘Well, we could end up with four point guards. Do we take a guy and then just let it sort out later?’ That’s probably the right thing to do, just take the best player and sort it out later. San Jose Mercury-News

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