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The Suns obviously disagree. They were willing to move the L.A. pick for the right player, and even offered it to the Bucks after Milwaukee turned down a direct Dragic-Knight swap, per several league sources. “Everybody loves the L.A. pick,” says Phoenix GM Ryan McDonough. “The concept of a pick is great, but it’s more of a sure thing to get a 23-year-old who is a borderline All-Star in the East.” Grantland

"It was among the most difficult, if not the most difficult, decisions we've had to make since I've been here..." said Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby, who made the deal when Lance Blanks was general manager. "We made the right decision. I'm just disappointed it didn't work out better for him. "He defined our culture. To be honest about it, when you assess a trade like that, we gave up intangibles that we're still trying to replace." Arizona Republic

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Lon Babby, team president of basketball operations, called the remarks "unfair and I think unwarranted." "It has always been my view that I will operate at the highest level of professionalism and integrity and the people that work with me will operate in the same fashion," Babby said, "and I'm confident that we do that." USA Today Sports

February 13, 2015 Updates

It means they're not going to make the same mistake as the Diamondbacks, a team that overvalued their playoff team in 2011, badly misjudging their proximity to a championship. "I would take the fifth, generally, on any of these specific trade rumors," Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby said. "What I would say is I expect us to be active. And what I mean by that is we're not going to just sit here and wait for the phone to ring. "We'll be initiating calls to every team, and taking the temperature of what's out there and what's available. And it wouldn't surprise me at all if we do something between now and next Thursday." Arizona Republic

Nobody wants to lose a player such as Dragic, especially in exchange for a first-round pick. But if you saw James Harden dominate down the stretch Tuesday, you know exactly what this team needs most. And the reason the Suns don't have Harden in their organization is because they didn't have assets ready to move when the former Arizona State star hit the trade market. "We tried like heck to get him," Babby said. "I was on the phone with (Oklahoma City GM) Sam Presti every single day. But going through that experience led me to believe we have to do what we're doing now, garnering assets and players that will be attractive to others." Arizona Republic

September 24, 2014 Updates

The Phoenix Suns and guard Eric Bledsoe have agreed to a five-year contract, the team announced today. “I learned long ago that it doesn’t matter how stormy the sea is as long as the ship comes in and today we are thrilled that the ship has come in and Eric will remain a Sun for a long time,” said President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby. “He will be an integral part not only of our basketball team, but our Phoenix community.” NBA.com

July 22, 2014 Updates

Bledsoe, a restricted free agent, is considered to be the best remaining player available in free agency but he has not signed an offer sheet from any NBA team. It is due to a combination of circumstances, including how most teams have used their salary cap space, his desired price tag that is at or near a maximum-level contract and the Suns' desire and right to retain him. "We'll continue to work as hard as we can within that restricted free agency system established by the collective bargaining agreement," Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby said Monday. "We continue to hope and expect that he will remain in a Suns uniform." 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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Of course, nobody from the Suns can comment on impending free agents, much less players who haven’t even opted out yet, such as Love or James. But we asked Lon Babby, the club’s president of basketball operations, if he believes the Suns can be a desirable destination for all top free agents again. “I would challenge the premise slightly,” Babby said. “I don’t think we ever lost our status as a destination, because of the history of the franchise, the weather, the medical and training staff. “Those are constants that make it an attractive place. I wouldn’t deny that we have enhanced our position. I think we were always above average. Now I think we’re in the upper echelon because there’s an excitement and a spirit about the atmosphere and the culture here that is palpable.” Arizona Republic

February 13, 2014 Updates

The Suns players and staff get a pick-me-up at every practice and when they walk through the training room. They have been seeing rehabilitating point guard Eric Bledsoe taking shots on the court and running on a treadmill. Friday will mark five weeks since Bledsoe’s right-knee surgery. No timetable for a recovery or return was shared, but many believed he could return not long after the All-Star break. “He’s making good progress on his rehab,” Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby said. “He’s progressing as expected. We’re still optimistic that he’ll return some time after the All-Star break. “He’s been working diligently with our training staff and the reports are encouraging.” Arizona Republic

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