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July 23, 2014 Updates

The Phoenix Suns have re-signed forward P.J. Tucker to a multiyear contract, the team announced today. “We are pleased to have been able to reach an agreement with P.J. Tucker on a multiyear contract,” said President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby. “His new contract fulfills one of our most important goals for this summer.” “P.J. is one of the most rugged competitors in the entire league,” said General Manager Ryan McDonough. “We love his passion and his fire. We are happy that he will remain in a Suns uniform for the foreseeable future.” NBA.com

"I cried," Tucker said. "It was emotional, man. It was an emotional time. Ain't anybody been through what I've been through. To get to the point where I'm at now is just only God and faith that I knew I was supposed to be in the NBA. Every day, every game, I leave it all out there. People think I play hard. It's just me wanting to be in the NBA and trying to prove every game that I should be here." Arizona Republic

While the Suns were reluctant to talk about where Bledsoe fits into all of this on a day they were introducing Thomas and forward Anthony Tolliver, privately they are making it clear that Bledsoe is and always has been integral to their long-range plans. Arizona Republic

The Suns, as has been well-documented, offered Bledsoe a four-year contract worth a total of $48 million, which we're told is significantly higher than what the club offered in October before the two sides put talks on hold for the season. Bledsoe reportedly is seeking a maximum contract of $80 million over five seasons, which only the Suns can offer. Other teams can go as high as $63 million over four years, but only Philadelphia remains among teams with salary-cap room to pay it. By all accounts the Suns will match such a deal if necessary, even if it limits what they can do in the future. Arizona Republic

Yet, the Kings seemed to look for someone to replace Thomas at every opportunity. "They were," he said matter-of-factly. "I felt very disrespected. Every year it was somebody new. I felt I did a good enough job to show them I was a starting point guard or a guy who could play a big role with their team. But they thought differently. They're going to go forward without me, and I'm going to go forward with the Phoenix Suns, and I know something special is coming here." Arizona Republic

If Dragic, Bledsoe and Thomas all are available, Hornacek can keep two fresh, starting playmakers in the backcourt at all times. He called it a "three-headed monster." "Why not?" Hornacek said. The always-effervescent Thomas brightened even more at the suggestion. "I think it would work," he said. "We're totally three different basketball players. We could come at guys from three different directions. It's going to be tough for teams to guard us." Can the Suns contend for titles this way? Conventional thinking says no. But the Suns aren't thinking conventionally these days. Arizona Republic

The player is also evaluating the possibility to stay in NBA, because Los Angeles Clippers and Phoenix Suns are looking to him. Sportando

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

The Suns have been negotiating with Bledsoe but also have the ability to match any offer sheet he might sign with another team. The Suns have offered a four-year, $48 million contract that is the equivalent of what free agency's other top point guard, Kyle Lowry, signed as an unrestricted free agent to remain in Toronto. Arizona Republic

July 21, 2014 Updates

The Phoenix Suns have signed free agent forward Anthony Tolliver to a multiyear contract, the club announced today. “We are very pleased to welcome Anthony to Phoenix,” said President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby. “He has impressed us not only with his play, but with his intelligence and high character.” “Anthony is a great fit for our style of play,” said General Manager Ryan McDonough. “His shooting, professionalism and leadership will help us as we try to continue to build a strong foundation going forward.” NBA.com

The Suns have announced the signing of forward Anthony Tolliver. The two sides reached a deal last week. This is the seventh NBA team for the 6-foot-8 Tolliver, an accurate 3-point shooter who could help fill the void left by the departure of Channing Frye. The two-year contract is worth $6 million, but only $400,000 is guaranteed in the second season. ESPN.com

July 20, 2014 Updates

Jordan Schultz: Hearing Suns may be considering a Greg Monroe offer. They have space to get both him and Bledsoe but would lose cap flexibility long-term. Twitter

Before the Lakers decided to make an amnesty claim for Carlos Boozer, occupying more than $3.2 million on their salary cap to ensure more space next summer, NBA sources said they considered making a bid for Phoenix restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe. Although the Lakers already acquired former Harvard standout Jeremy Lin and his $14 million salary for this upcoming season, it was only to create more space next summer. Bledsoe could have been the team’s point guard of the future. Teams such as Houston and Milwaukee are considering bids for Bledsoe, who remains the biggest free agent on the market. Boston Globe

Bloom is not in the business of posting rumors, so this one caught my eye. In followup with Bloom, he is skeptical that a deal will get done but confirms that a person close to the situation is pushing for it. There is no indication that the source is a decision maker and I have been told by a league source that nothing is cooking there at all between the teams. This means that the idea has not gone as far as the Suns entertaining it. Bright Side of the Sun

Don't hold your breath, and don't scream at your monitor. This one's not cooking in any way, shape or form at this time. Just wait till something actually breaks before investing any kind emotion into it. You will hear a lot of rumors, but almost none of them will come true. Bright Side of the Sun

 

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