Phoenix Suns Rumors
The Suns have at least three players for each of the guard and forward spots. With only Tyson Chandler and Alex Len in the middle, the Suns may look for another center. That center may be Henry Sims. Sims already has been in Phoenix for a week, participating in the voluntary workouts that started in earnest two weeks early with 10 contract players at US Airways Center daily. “This is an opportunity for me to show what I can do for a team that can make the playoffs,” Sims said. “I want to show the NBA I can do what I was doing there (in Philadelphia) on any team and do more. It gives me an extra boost of energy to be here for a potential playoff team.”
Suns guard Eric Bledsoe said this year’s team has the talent to make the playoffs – and they won’t be satisfied to simply sneak into the postseason. “We’ve definitely trying to make a run at a playoff spot. We’re not trying to get the last spot, either,” Bledsoe said Monday at Larry Fitzgerald’s 7th Annual Supper Club event. “We’re trying to get a high spot. We’re definitely looking forward to it.”
In signing LeBron and Bosh, Riley engineered the greatest free-agency coup in sports history, and as February’s trade deadline approached, other suitors for Dragic backed away, sensing the Heat’s don had the Suns point guard in the bag for the long haul, according to sources across the league. The Heat deny they discussed Dragic’s next contract during trade talks — “There was no deal,” a Heat spokesman says — and the league says it never received any official complaint about tampering. Dragic may have liked the Heat from the outside, but things can always go haywire once a player actually arrives on a team. Miami wagered on its culture and the lure of the five-year contract only it could offer.
Eric Bledsoe, Devin Booker, Archie Goodwin, Brandon Knight, Alex Len, Jon Leuer, Ronnie Price, P.J. Tucker, T.J. Warren and Sonny Weems have been playing at US Airways Center since Monday. There is no surprise that Markieff Morris is missing from that list, given his “Keef beef” with the franchise. His trade request fell on deaf ears. The other absent contract players, Tyson Chandler and Mirza Teletovic, are expected to join their new teammates in Phoenix over the next 10 days.
The Suns need and want Morris. They would not stand much of a chance to replace him by trade. They would have no chance to replace him by free agency. They do not have an adequate existing roster option.
The Phoenix Suns and Bakersfield Jam have named Chris Jent head coach of the Jam. “It’s an honor to be named Head Coach of the Bakersfield Jam and to be a part of an organization like the Phoenix Suns,” said Jent. “Personally, it’s a great opportunity to once again be a Head Coach and there couldn’t be a better setting in the NBA D-League to help players develop and reach their basketball potential than in Bakersfield. I can’t wait to get into the gym with the team and try to do something special as a group.”