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April 15, 2015 Updates

Five in-season trades and 23 roster players were not in the plan. McDonough said the Suns' failure to take advantage of an easier early schedule set the path. By mid-December, the Suns were 12-14 with five home losses to teams now with losing records. "We've tried to do something that's not easy to do," McDonough said. "We tried to turn over the roster with talented, young players who have some potential but probably aren't ready to win yet at the highest levels. But we also tried to stay competitive in a brutal Western Conference. Usually, teams try to do one or the other. They load up on veteran guys and trade draft picks and go all in or they completely blow up and gut the team and try to acquire and play a bunch of young guys." Arizona Republic

The Suns exceeded expectations two seasons ago and failed to meet them this season. McDonough said the truth lies in between. "If we're realistic with ourselves, a lot of guys had career years last year," McDonough said. "For whatever reason, a lot of players who stayed or who left in free agency or who we traded weren't able to sustain that same level. We all share responsibility in how this season has gone. It's been a challenge. The team last year probably wasn't as good, in terms of potential, upside and growth to take it to the next level, as a lot of people thought. Where we are now, despite the struggles and factoring in injuries and youth, we're probably not as bad as people are making it out to be." Arizona Republic

March 7, 2015 Updates

Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough said Danny Granger will join the team in Phoenix after it comes home from this road trip, which ends Saturday at Cleveland. Granger will do so with a focus on working with the Suns athletic trainers to get healthy for next season, for which he has a $2.1 million player option. Arizona Republic

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February 24, 2015 Updates

“Heading into the All-Star break, we didn’t love the vibe around our team,” McDonough said. “I feel like there was a little more selfishness than there was last year. I think there’s some guys probably more concerned about their stats or individual contract status than team success. That’s one thing we’re trying to do here. We’re trying to build a culture, trying to find the core guys, the key guys to build around. I feel like we’re getting closer.’’ “Sometimes the players look at it and the agents look at it and say ‘What’s best for my client?’ As a player, ‘What benefits me the most?’ That was a bit disappointing. [The three-guard offense] certainly didn’t succeed. It certainly didn’t fail but we’re fine with that.” Boston Globe

The Suns are 2½ games behind Oklahoma City for the final playoff spot with a Thursday home matchup with the Thunder, in what could be considered the most important game of the season. The upheaval has to subside soon for Phoenix to fulfill expectations. “We just have to start winning,” McDonough said. “Despite all the changes and the turmoil, we’re two games out of the eighth spot right now. We’re going to see what we can do. Since we made the moves, the vibe around our team is better. The players have more energy. I feel good about our direction.” Boston Globe

The Suns employ an unorthodox front office in which the business and basketball sides of the organization share analytics resources, as overseen by Zaheer Benjamin, VP for business planning and basketball analytics. According to sources, that structure has led to tension and miscommunication between the two groups. But a source familiar with the Phoenix front office says the organization has begun to work through the issue, with more dedicated analysts available to basketball operations. Suns GM Ryan McDonough comes from a scouting background, but his formative experience with the Boston Celtics has given him an appreciation for statistical analysis, and assistant GM Trevor Buckstein gets high marks for his understanding of analytics. ESPN.com

February 23, 2015 Updates
February 20, 2015 Updates

McDonough said he never saw the reported list of Dragic's preferred destinations. "Maybe it was written in vanishing ink," McDonough said. "I guess my perspective is it wasn't worth the paper it wasn't written on. ... Once he told us he didn't want to be here and the manner in which he and his agent handled the situation, we really didn't care if there was a list or not." USA Today Sports

He called Knight "the best player in the trade coming or going" and ,of criticism that the Suns traded their best player, McDonough said, "My response would be that Eric Bledsoe and Markieff Morris still are in Phoenix Suns uniforms." Knight, McDonough said, has excellent character and "has excelled in everything he has done his entire life." "He's one of the top 3-point shooters in the league," McDonough said. "He's a big-game player. He's a late-game player. He's a game closer." USA Today Sports

February 18, 2015 Updates
February 17, 2015 Updates

Also keep in mind that the Suns general manager is Ryan McDonough, a former assistant GM in Boston. And McDonough has already done a pair of deals with the Celtics this season. In January, the Celtics traded Brandan Wright to Phoenix, and later that month Boston, as part of a three-team deal that included the Suns, sent Austin Rivers to the Los Angeles Clippers to play for ex-Celtics coach Doc Rivers . . . who is also Austin’s father. CSNNE.com

February 15, 2015 Updates

Suns general manager Ryan McDonough told local Phoenix radio on Wednesday that he feels his team is “a little too backcourt heavy” and “at some point we’ll need to balance that out, try to get a little more size, a little more frontcourt scoring and rebounding.” Finding that roster balance could come this week in the way of a Dragic trade, but it would be tough to deal one of your best assets in the midst of a highly competitive playoff race. SheridanHoops

February 12, 2015 Updates

From a purely statistical standpoint, it appears the addition of Isaiah Thomas has created a bit of an issue for the team. While Thomas is having a solid season, averaging 15.2 points in 25.7 minutes per game off the bench, the trio of Eric Bledsoe, Goran Dragic and Gerald Green have all seen their scoring averages drop from last season. The Suns also have four fewer wins now than they did at the same point in last season's schedule. "I think our roster balance is a little off, and that's my fault," Suns GM Ryan McDonough told Burns and Gambo on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Wednesday. "We are a little too backcourt heavy, especially in terms of guys who, you know, I think you'd define primarily as scorers in the backcourt. So I think at some point we'll need to balance that out, try to get a little more size, a little more frontcourt scoring and rebounding." Arizona's Sports Page

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