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September 7, 2014 Updates

Eric Bledsoe's whereabouts never have included Phoenix since the end of the regular season in April. Bledsoe has not even been close with his recent locales. He mostly has been training and with his family in his hometown of Birmingham. He popped into Atlanta a week ago for a party and workout with college buddy John Wall. He spent some of last week in Cleveland for a workout with LeBron James that was marked by James prodding the Suns with a "PHX break bread" Instagram post regarding Bledsoe, his fellow Klutch Sports Group client. Arizona Republic

September 6, 2014 Updates

With the merger of American Airlines and US Airways, the NBA will not have a third "American" arena. Rather than update the name of the Phoenix Suns' arena, what formerly was known as America West Arena and now US Airways Center will soon move from the airline's branding. The Heat play at AmericanAirlines Arena, with the Dallas Mavericks playing at the American Airlines Center. "Three branded arenas in one major sports league is not the best use of our marketing resources,'' the company said in an employee newsletter, according to the Arizona Republic. "The NBA has rules pertaining to the unique names of each arena and we have long-term deals in place with Dallas and Miami.'' South Florida Sun-Sentinel

September 5, 2014 Updates

Bledsoe’s future with his current team, the Phoenix Suns, has been the subject of much speculation in the off-season due to wage demands and contract negotiations. It’s even more complicated because Bledsoe is a restricted free agent, making any conventional transfer practices expensive and/or difficult. Considering Bledsoe hasn’t spoken with the Suns organization in four months according to CBS Sports, the caption James posted for the above photo on his Instagram profile is very interesting. “Great work today lil bro @ebled2!! Future All-Star in this league in no time. PHX break bread. #Klutch #Work #GymRats #StriveForGreatness” For The Win

On his Instagram account, LeBron James, whose power was apparent in the league's deafening silence in July as his own announcement held free agency hostage, posted a picture of himself and the so-called "Mini LeBron" with the caption, "Future All-Star in this league in no time. PHX break bread." Yahoo! Sports

September 4, 2014 Updates
September 3, 2014 Updates

If Bledsoe elects to go the rare qualifying offer route, Phoenix would suddenly face the very real possibility of losing both of its two best assets without compensation in 2015 free agency. The Lakers, for example, are just one team league sources say would likely make a hard run at both of them, based on the premise that the Suns couldn't afford the cost of paying both at that point, theoretically making either Bledsoe or Dragic gettable. Sources say that Houston, furthermore, has Dragic on its list of potential targets next summer given how he's blossomed since leaving the Rockets for Phoenix in the free-agent summer of 2012. ESPN.com

My sense is that Bledsoe and Paul are indeed prepared to take the qualifying offer despite the rarity of the strategy. And you can't help but wonder, in the Suns' case, what sort of season awaits the NBA's plucky darlings of 2013-14 if that's how it plays out. ESPN.com

The league's new labor agreement in 2011, thanks to one of the union's many concessions, moved up the deadline for signing qualifying offers to Oct. 1. Otherwise this saga potentially could have dragged out even longer. Or have you forgotten Anderson Varejao's foray into restricted free agency in the summer of 2007? In that instance, Varejao's agent Dan Fegan rejected what he felt was an unworthy offer from the Cleveland Cavaliers and waited until December until he landed the offer sheet he felt Varejao deserved. Charlotte eventually came through with a two-year, $11 million pact that the Cavs ultimately matched ... after playing without Varejao for the first two months of the season. ESPN.com

August 30, 2014 Updates

Suns draft pick Bogdan Bogdanovic is listed at 6-6, but appears to be a bit shorter. He played neither great nor poorly on Saturday. He dished out four assists and was a game-high plus-23, but took just three shots (all 3-pointers). And it would have been hard to tell how NBA-ready he really is against this opponent anyway. France (Sunday), Brazil (Wednesday) and Spain (Thursday) will provide better tests. NBA.com

August 29, 2014 Updates

"He was awesome," Dragic continued. "He was our best player on the court. "It means a lot to play with him. We don't see each other so often. OK, on Skype, but it's not the same. Now it's a perfect situation for us to play together with the national team. "We can share the court and maybe do some damage [in Group D]. And hopefully someday we can play each other in the NBA." ESPN.com

Croatian Bojan Bogdanovic left Fenerbahce/ Ulker for the NBA. Can this be the future of Bogdan also, like most of the Euroleague rising star award winners? “To tell you the truth for me that is only statistics, numbers. I hope I will not ruin that statistic and continue in the same path with the previous rising stars. But the NBA is so far right now”. EuroHoops.net

August 27, 2014 Updates
August 26, 2014 Updates

Casey Prather was a role player for three years at Florida before becoming a Wooden All-American as a senior. Going undrafted would not necessarily seem to be the end of his NBA hopes either. Prather and NBA veteran man big man Earl Barron have accepted invitations to join the Suns training camp on non-guaranteed contracts. The Suns have 13 guaranteed contracts without the Eric Bledsoe situation being resolved and can carry up to 15 players on the regular-season roster. Training camp opens in Flagstaff on Sept. 30. Arizona Republic

Dragic still might be seen more than Derrick Rose on Tuesday, but the agreement has been for Dragic to be kept to one practice per day and no more than 25 minutes of playing time in exhibition appearances. The Suns and his agents agreed to bump his exhibition appearances from three to five, which still keeps him out of most of Slovenia's 16 exhibitions. "You have to be ready and be fair," said Rade Filipovic, who represents Dragic along with agent Bill Duffy. "We don't want him to be burned out or injured. Everyone is concerned or cautious. "You have to respect Phoenix. He had two or three ankle injuries. It's tough. When you were born like him, you want to play. You know Goran. He plays hurt. But he's 100 percent healthy. I expect him to be 100 percent and fresh for the new season. We try to learn from the past mistakes. He's a national hero and the only guy who is the pride of the nation. It's a huge pressure for him." Arizona Republic

Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough talked Monday to Dragic, who also said that he is "fresh." McDonough said Filipovic, Duffy, the Slovenians and the Suns have cooperated to execute a mutually beneficial plan. "We wanted to make sure Goran was fresh and stays healthy but still allow him to get ready for the tournament," McDonough said. "It's been a positive experience." Arizona Republic

 

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