HoopsHype Robert Sarver rumors

September 15, 2011 Updates

Bill Simmons, aka ESPN's The Sports Guy, isn't happy that he isn't going to get basketball in a month or so. He isn't happy that the players and the owners are using tactics that he believes will ultimately fail. So he went on a rant on Twitter blasting everyone that'll hold up an NBA season from happening. One of his targets was Suns owner Robert Sarver. Simmons is no fan of Sarver for penny-pinching a title-contending team. Simmons is even less of a fan of Sarver's willingness to blow up the current CBA in favor of something that would justify all his previous basketball/financial-related decisions. So there went Simmons, burning up on Sarver again. 2 Sarver overpaid for team, spent last few years slicing $$$$ and turned Suns fans against him. Not he wants to blow up the system? Go away. This should probably mean nothing, because Simmons ripping Sarver is like Teller never speaking to Penn. It comes naturally. SB Nation

September 10, 2011 Updates

Suns President and Chief Executive Officer Rick Welts came to work Friday to tell team employees, many of whom he has worked alongside for nine years, that he is leaving them. Already mired in a league lockout, Suns employees did not need this news about their beloved boss but they helped to ease Welts' anxiousness about the move. As Welts revealed plans to leave by Sept. 15, he was joined in Managing Partner Robert Sarver's office by Sarver, Vice Chairman Sam Garvin, President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby - and good cheer. Arizona Republic

He wanted to shoot down any notion that he was being pushed out the door by the Suns, praising the support he has received from team owner Robert Sarver. "I think amicable is probably an understatement," Welts said of his leaving the franchise. He said both he and Sarver were concerned that some might have a misperception that, because of the timing, the Suns wanted him to leave. "Nothing could be further from the truth," Welts said. "From the time I made my announcement in May, the Suns, and Robert in particular, have been unbelievably supportive." He said that he and Sarver had just spoke again by telephone to thank each other. ESPN.com

Sarver said in a news release that the business side of the organization will report to general counsel Jason Rowley as the team searches for a new president. Sarver thanked Welts for "his tireless work on behalf of the Suns." Lon Babby remains the Suns' president of basketball operations. ESPN.com

The Suns are promoting General Counsel Jason Rowley to executive vice president to assume Welts' duties on an interim basis. A national search of candidates, including Rowley, will be conducted to fill the spot. Rowley joined the Suns in 2008 and represented Sarver's purchase of the Suns in 2004. "He's got a breadth of knowledge of business," Babby said of Rowley. "He's a problem solver and that's a big asset for someone in that position." Arizona Republic

June 20, 2011 Updates

Today's NBA is filled with owners who paid through the nose for their teams, and have years of red ink in front of them before they ever see a return on their investment. The list includes Joe Lacob and Peter Guber (Golden State, purchased in 2010 for $450 million), Robert Sarver (Phoenix, 2005, $400 million), Dan Gilbert (Cleveland, 2005, $375 million), Wyc Grousbeck and Steve Pagluica (Boston, 2002, $360 million), Ted Leonsis (Washington, 2010, $300 million -- an estimated price that does not include another $250 million in debt on Verizon Center and the Wizards that Leonsis also has to assume) and Mikhail Prokhorov (New Jersey, 2009, $200 million for 80 percent of the team and 45 percent of the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn in which the Nets will play beginning in 2013). NBA.com

March 3, 2011 Updates

The Suns will wear their notorious "Los Suns" jerseys again. As part of the NBA's 5-year-old Noche Latina game marketing, the Suns will wear the "Los Suns" jerseys for a March 25 home game against New Orleans. They have worn them for Noche Latina-themed games previously, but it was Suns Managing Partner Robert Sarver's decision to have the team wear them again on Cinco de Mayo last season that stirred controversy. Sarver wanted to make a public statement to protest a state's new immigration law that ultimately had vital parts of it blocked in federal court. Arizona Republic

February 24, 2011 Updates
February 18, 2011 Updates

When the NBA owners and players joined for a brief, acrimonious meeting on All-Star weekend a year ago, Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver had a big idea: Why don’t the commissioner and the union reps leave the room, and let the owners and players speak directly on the matter of a collective-bargaining agreement? The suggestion was met with resounding rejection from Players Association executive director Billy Hunter, but commissioner David Stern spared his anger until union officials and players left the room. With the rest of the NBA’s owners watching, sources told Yahoo! Sports that Stern berated Sarver with an expletive-riddled diatribe demanding that he never, ever ask him to leave one of his negotiating sessions again. This was the Stern mostly hidden from the public eye: belligerent, controlling and forever staking his territory. Yahoo! Sports

February 5, 2011 Updates

Nash still swears he has no intention of making that request, as forecasted back in December right after Phoenix shook up its roster. Asking to be dealt is not in the works as a birthday present to himself and not something Nash is plotting to spring on the Suns before the Feb. 24 trading deadline. Nash insisted again this week, as he lunched on five-bean soup and the healthiest of chopped salads at one of his go-to temples for food purity, that he won't be lobbying Suns owner Robert Sarver and new team president Lon Babby to send him to a contender. "Maybe I'm old school," Nash said, "but I signed a contract to play here and I want to honor it. I feel like I owe it to my teammates and the city and everybody to keep battling until they tell me it's time to go." ESPN.com

January 29, 2011 Updates

The Suns found a way to have a common center at practice on Thursday. Players and coaches gathered at midcourt and sat in a circle with Managing Partner Robert Sarver and President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby. Each took a turn sharing what he and the next man could do better to help this 20-24 Suns team. "Keep plugging away and keep trying to get better, compete a little bit harder," coach Alvin Gentry said of the messages. Arizona Republic

December 19, 2010 Updates

The flip side to all that, of course, is that Sarver wouldn't consider trading Nash now whether or not he makes a formal request. Teams that call about him these days are always met with a stern and discouraging no. If that ever changes, figure that Sarver would only dare give in during the offseason, when the Suns' already on-edge fan base isn't quite as tuned in. ESPN.com

Sarver scoffed at the mere suggestion of trading Nash and starting over when reached Saturday by ESPN.com, insisting instead that the acquisitions of mobile big man Marcin Gortat and defensive specialist Mickael Pietrus were made largely to make the Suns bigger and better defensively and make his point guard's life easier. Said Sarver: "This deal has nothing to do with [trading] Nash. We have no intention to trade him." ESPN.com

Nash’s agent, Bill Duffy, also said Suns owner Robert Sarver told him the team doesn’t have any intention of dealing its All-Star point guard. Nash has one year left on his contract after this season at a reasonable $11.7 million. “He’s a treasure to the fans there,” Duffy said. “He’s revered there. There is enough of a relationship between Steve Nash and the Suns that if something were to transpire we’d be sure Steve would be involved in the process. Sarver has called me to tell me that nothing is going on with Steve. “He’s everything. He’s the identity of the organization.” Yahoo! Sports

December 18, 2010 Updates
December 17, 2010 Updates

Lon Babby: "It happened in a bizarre way. I had known [Suns owner] Robert Sarver through my dealings with Grant, and when Steve Kerr decided to leave [as Suns GM last spring] I told Grant that it would be important for us to try to participate, if welcomed, in some kind of search for the general manager -- to the extent that Robert was willing to hear a player's point of view, I was happy to vet candidates with him. "So I called Robert and somehow from those conversations evolved a job interview. And one day I said to him, 'This is starting to sound like a job interview, I haven't had a job interview in 35 years.' And that's when I immediately shifted gears and said I need to make sure I'm ethically on solid ground with the players. SI.com

November 19, 2010 Updates
November 2, 2010 Updates

Phoenix forward Jared Dudley has signed a contract extension with Phoenix for $22.5 million over five years. The deal, first reported by FanHouse, was struck just before the midnight EDT time deadline Monday. "It was literally five minutes before the deadline,'' said agent Mark Bartelstein. "Jared is thrilled.'' The deal, which allows Dudley to opt out of the final year, begins next season and runs through 2015-16.. "I want to thank (Phoenix president) Lon (Babby) and (owner) Robert Sarver for all their hard work in getting it done,'' Bartelstein said. "Jared has worked really hard for this.'' FanHouse.com

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