HoopsHype Robert Sarver rumors

October 19, 2014 Updates

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich dismissed Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver's critical comments as silly and said they should have been made while wearing a "chicken suit." Sarver got on the public address microphone Thursday night in Phoenix and apologized to the fans because the Spurs were without several players and Popovich himself. "This is not the game you paid your hard-earned money to watch," Sarver told the crowd. "I apologize for it. And I want you to send me your tickets if you came tonight with a return envelope and I've got a gift for you on behalf of the Suns for showing up tonight. Thank you." USA Today Sports

“As I said, the silliness begins,” he said. “Most wise individuals would check facts before they made statements. Unless you’re interested in putting on a show. In that case, the facts get in your way, as in this case. “We had five guys we didn’t send. Patty Mills had a shoulder operation over the summer. Tiago Splitter (calf) has been out the whole preseason. Kawhi Leonard (eye infection) was out and is still out for 10 more days. The other two, Duncan and Ginobili, are two of the oldest guys in the league who just came back from a 13-day European trip. San Antonio Express-News

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The team has reportedly offered Bledsoe a four-year deal worth $48 million, but Bledsoe’s camp is reportedly looking for a near-max deal. If Bledsoe doesn’t want to accept a lesser multi-year deal, he can sign for the one-year qualifying offer worth $3.7 million and become an unrestricted free agent next summer. However, this would be risky, since it would be delaying his lucrative payday and there’s always the chance that he could get injured. Suns owner Robert Sarver called into Arizona Sports 98.7 FM today to discuss Bledsoe’s free agency. “We think it’s a fair offer. I think you could argue, you know, I mean some would say it’s maybe a little high, some would say it’s low,” Sarver told the Burns & Gambo show on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “What’s fair is important to us, and also important to him — him and his agent. It’s not necessarily us to determine what he thinks is fair; it’s him to determine that. … We think we gave him a fair offer, and [we would] be more than happy to sit down with him and continue to negotiate it. We’re happy to do that.” Basketball Insiders

July 3, 2014 Updates

Phoenix Suns managing partner Robert Sarver expressed confidence that the Suns have a lot to sell LeBron James if or when the team gets an audience with him. "We are in a good position," he said. "We have a lot to offer, too, with the depth of our roster compared to some of the other teams. We think we have a favorable opportunity, but obviously he'll make his decision when he wants to make it. "He's a smart player and a smart businessman. He'll look at the facts and make a decision." Arizona Republic

June 30, 2014 Updates

The Suns will not linger with the idea long if the interest is not reciprocated by James and his agent, Rich Paul, who is also Bledsoe's agent and is expected to handle free-agency meetings instead of James. The Suns have the cap space to pursue other significant veterans. They have considered small forward Luol Deng and power forward Pau Gasol, who are unrestricted free agents, but the Suns might opt to continue their organic growth if they are unable to make the big splash. Arizona Republic

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Suns Managing Partner Robert Sarver will be an integral part in the next steps of removing league-banned Donald Sterling's ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers. Sarver is a member of the NBA's 10-owner advisory/finance committee which will have a conference call Thursday to discuss the next steps in forcing Sterling to sell the Clippers, including approval from three-fourths of the Board of Governors' 30 team representatives (29, if no Clippers representative is allowed to vote). "As the commissioner (Adam Silver) said in the press conference, this process is going to start right away," Sarver said. "He's referred it to the Board of Governors advisory/finance committee, which serves as a quasi-executive committee, which I'm a member of. We'll be working with the league office to determine the next steps in the process." Arizona Republic

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Paul Coro: Statement from #Suns Managing Partner Robert Sarver: "I applaud the actions taken today by Commissioner Silver in response to the disturbing comments made by Donald Sterling. Commissioner Silver’s decision upholds the principles of diversity, and respect for all people that the NBA and Phoenix Suns represent. The Commissioner has my full support." Twitter @paulcoro

January 24, 2014 Updates

Sarver said his duty is to provide the best health care possible for his players, and that his players have to feel comfortable before returning to the court. He also said he doesn’t need Bledsoe to return in order to match any contract offer that might be coming to the restricted free agent this off-season. “I think we had a pretty good idea of who Eric was when we traded for him,” Sarver said. “So I wouldn’t say we need to see more of him to match any offer. Obviously, we’d like to see more of him because our team plays better when he’s playing. And we’re competing (now), we’re making a playoff run this year. And I think if we can get him back, not only can we make a playoff run, we have a chance to be a team that can win in the playoffs, too.” Arizona Republic

December 24, 2013 Updates

For all the miscalculations compounding that choice, there been a steep price to pay for the Suns: bad contracts and bad actors, discombobulated parts and no clear path to restoring prominence. "For all successful people in business, I think that the notion of taking a step back to take a step forward is a foreign concept," Sarver told Yahoo Sports. "You simply don't say, 'We're going to go backward for a couple years,' in business. But pro sports – especially the NBA – is different, and it's set up to do just that. "I had a hard time stomaching the idea of rebuilding, and spent a couple of years trying to patch together a way that we could still capitalize on Steve's ability. I was a couple of years too late in really facing the music." Yahoo! Sports

More than a mandate for a GM to bring on better talent, Sarver was determined for McDonough to change something else that had decayed his owner's franchise: "I needed to get a team with a GM and a coach who would have a good working relationship," Sarver told Yahoo Sports. "We had problems with Steve [Kerr] and Mike [D'Antoni], with Alvin [Gentry] and Lance [Blanks]. "It puts too much stress on the team." Yahoo! Sports

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