HoopsHype Robert Sarver rumors

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The 12 owners on the NBA's relocation/finance committee will make the recommendation on the future of the Kings: • Peter Holt, Spurs (chairman of the board of governors) • Micky Arison, Heat • Clay Bennett, Thunder • Jeanie Buss, Lakers • James Dolan, Knicks • Wyc Grousbeck, Celtics • Ted Leonsis, Wizards • Greg Miller, Jazz • Robert Sarver, Suns • Herb Simon, Pacers • Larry Tanenbaum, Raptors • Glen Taylor, Timberwolves Sacramento Bee

April 25, 2013 Updates

Barkley put his finger on the problem with the scenario when he said, “For me personally, I need another challenge and that challenge is running an NBA team.” He also said of club president Lon Babby and managing partner Robert Sarver: “The notion of Lon and Robert telling me about basketball players. . .that’s not going to happen.” Arizona Republic

April 2, 2013 Updates

The Phoenix Suns today announced that the club has reached an agreement with President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby on a new two-year contract. The deal will keep Babby in his current position through 2014-15. “Lon has led our front office during this important transition period for the organization and he has my full support as we continue to rebuild,” said Suns Managing Partner Robert Sarver. NBA.com

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After the Sacramento Kings were sold for $525 million, some wondered if the Sarver would look to sell the franchise, which he and his investors purchased for $404 million in 2004. Sarver said that price tag is misleading because Sacramento is one of two NBA franchises with short-term lease agreements, which enhances their value. While he concedes the Suns might be worth that, he says he’s never had an offer, and never had a single conversation about selling the franchise. Not even with the rough road ahead. “No one is more impatient than me,” Sarver said. “I want to win. We’re going to do it through the draft and hopefully free agency, from having cap space and asset. We’re in a position where we don’t have any bad contracts. Players want to come to Phoenix. We don’t have any stars, so we have a lot of work to do. But I think we’re in a decent position. “We’re not going to do it in three days just to make the media happy. If there was a quicker way to do it, we would. But we’re going to do it.” Arizona Republic

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In Phoenix, though my radar goes up when an owner gives his coach a vote of confidence, I seriously doubt Robert Sarver would pay two coaches when his team is drifting toward another lottery. I don't believe it's Alvin Gentry's fault, but I don't expect him to be back next season. I expect him to be on Mike D'Antoni's bench in LA. To me, it's only a question of how widespread the housecleaning will be. CBSSports.com

December 14, 2012 Updates

Owner Robert Sarver has stated that Alvin Gentry will finish the last season on his contract as coach, and you know this isn't the usual kiss-of-death-before-the-firing stuff because Sarver isn't going to pay two head coaches for another trip to the lottery. League sources continue to believe the Suns are headed for a major reset. It's only a matter of when and how widespread. CBSSports.com

Pressure's rising in Phoenix and Toronto. Who do you think winds up being the fall guy in those two situations gone bad? KB: As for Toronto, the clock is ticking on Bryan Colangelo. And now that Andrea Bargnani and Jose Calderon are both hurt, the Raptors can't hit the reset button with a trade. In Phoenix, though my radar goes up when an owner gives his coach a vote of confidence, I seriously doubt Robert Sarver would pay two coaches when his team is drifting toward another lottery. I don't believe it's Alvin Gentry's fault, but I don't expect him to be back next season. I expect him to be on Mike D'Antoni's bench in LA. To me, it's only a question of how widespread the housecleaning will be. CBSSports.com

December 11, 2012 Updates

Were Gentry in trouble, Suns player development coordinator and former NBA point guard Lindsey Hunter is seen by some as an up-and-comer in the coaching ranks in the vein of Orlando's first-year coach, Jacque Vaughn. But the Suns, as Sarver indicated, are focused elsewhere as they consider how to fix their team. USA Today

December 10, 2012 Updates

Things are going badly for the Phoenix Suns, but not badly enough for the team to consider making a coaching change. A day after the Suns lost their seventh straight game to fall to 7-15, team owner Robert Sarver told ESPN.com that head coach Alvin Gentry's job is safe. "We've got confidence in our coaching staff and we're not considering making changes," Sarver said in a telephone interview on Monday. ESPN.com

"It's still early in the season," he said. "We're playing worse than our talent, and a lot of that has to do with confidence. It's up to the coaches and players to start playing better and to get that swagger back and turn things around. Things can turn quickly in this league." ESPN.com

October 12, 2012 Updates

Suns president Lon Babby wasn't thrilled about trading Nash to the Lakers, calling it a "basketball decision" that was better than losing Nash for nothing. Phoenix will now have significant salary-cap space next summer, giving them the ability to sign one or two major free agents. "My first reaction was I can't do that," Babby said. "As time went on, [Suns owner] Robert Sarver was really good and said, 'We have to make a basketball decision that's best for our franchise.' " Yahoo! Sports

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