HoopsHype Alex Len rumors

August 29, 2013 Updates

Paul Coro: The #Suns also signed first-round draft pick Alex Len, who has been working out at US Airways Center for weeks. Twitter @paulcoro

August 22, 2013 Updates
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Len, 20, has been out of the boot for a week and is on schedule to be ready to participate when Suns training camp opens in Flagstaff in late September. He lost weight after his surgery but has gained back 10 pounds during his rehabilitation work in the past month. “I’ve got two more weeks of rehab and then I’ll be back about 85-90 percent,” Len said. “I’ll be back for training camp and be ready for the season. The ankle’s feeling great. I have no pain.” Arizona Republic

August 6, 2013 Updates

Len arrived in College Park, Md., not knowing the language or culture of America, let alone an American. Essence Townsend changed all that, forming the Twin Towers of a different sort when the 6-foot-7 center from the women’s team and New Jersey met the 7-1 center from the men’s team and Ukraine. It began innocently enough at an ice cream social for basketball players to start the 2011-12 school year. Townsend, a junior then, was just being social when she introduced herself to Len, yelling as people often do so that a foreigner can understand English. A teammate told her, “That’s going to be your future man,” and she got mad. Len friended her on Facebook. They high-fived in hallways. They rebounded for each other. “One day, I guess he finally got the courage to ask me to come hang out,” she said. Arizona Republic

Len came to love Boston Market, Chipotle and Townsend, but not in that order. Her world rounded out, too, eating his mother’s Russian cooking on her visits and saying “poka” in departures. “She liked Alex for who he was and what he’s about before he was a NBA player,” Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. “Alex doesn’t like school, but she rode him pretty hard on that. She’s been a really good friend to Alex and taught him a lot.” Arizona Republic

August 4, 2013 Updates
July 13, 2013 Updates

While currently recovering from a left ankle surgery that had him in a boot, Alex Len’s routine medical exam showed the Phoenix Suns’ medical staff the “very beginnings” of a stress fracture in the center’s right ankle. The team announced surgery was performed Monday. Len should be able to return by the beginning of the season, the team said. “As a precautionary measure, our medical staff determined that it would be prudent to perform surgery on Alex Len’s right ankle at this time,” said Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby in a press release. “That surgery was successfully completed this morning. As part of a routine evaluation, our medical team identified the very beginnings of a stress fracture in Alex’s right ankle even though Alex was entirely asymptomatic. We expect him to be available to begin the season.” Valley of the Suns

June 28, 2013 Updates

One day after the Phoenix Suns drafted Alex Len with the fifth pick in the NBA draft, Marcin Gortat was assured by the organization that it has no plan to trade him – for now – and might want to make him part of the future, his agent Guy Zucker told RealGM. RealGM

The Suns took Maryland big man Alex Len with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft Thursday night, leaving many to wonder if the Polish Hammer's days in the Valley are numbered. But for those looking at an upcoming departure date for Gortat, who averaged 11.1 points, 8.5 assists and 1.6 blocks in 61 games last season, not so fast. "We're not looking to move him," Suns general manager Ryan McDonough told Arizona Sports 620's Burns and Gambo Friday. "As you guys I'm sure know, Alex had foot surgery, and he's not ready to play. "Marcin is one of our best players here. He's a core guy for us. He is one of the more athletic bigs in the league, he screens, he rolls, he finishes and he blocks shots." Arizona's Sports Page

June 27, 2013 Updates

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