Phoenix Suns Rumors
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Suns have legitimately closed the gap in pursuit of LaMarcus Aldridge. Tyson Chandler, perimeter talent. They’re a real factor.: 58 more rumors
With an intricate plan in place for the first day of free agency, the Suns showed Aldridge what type of team that they envision being before they even met with him. The Suns opened free agency by adding veteran center Tyson Chandler with a four-year, $52 million agreement and by coming to terms to keep guard Brandon Knight on a five-year, $70 million contract.
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: I’ve been told LaMarcus Aldridge is not going to Phoenix.: 58 more rumors
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent forward Brandan Wright has agreed to a three-year, nearly $18M deal with the Memphis Grizzlies, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.: 2 more rumors
Marc Stein: Says once source close to the talks: Phoenix has moved into a contending position alongside San Antonio in the LaMarcus Aldridge Sweepstakes
Sam Amick: But Suns have pushed their way into this race: right there with the Spurs atop the LaMarcus Aldridge leaderboard. Didn’t see that coming.
Adrian Wojnarowski: For Suns, wise move bringing new assistant Earl Watson to Aldridge meeting. Close with LMA, highly-respected. Suns made good impression.: 58 more rumors
Ken Berger: The Suns’ two-hour meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge has ended. Aldridge was “very engaged,” source said. Phoenix feels it’s still in mix.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Suns GM Ryan McDonough and staff — with Tyson Chandler — still in meeting with Aldridge now in Los Angeles, sources tell Yahoo.
Adrian Wojnarowski: So far, the Spurs most impressed Aldridge, with Houston close behind Waiting on Suns word. Aldridge met with Blazers often, fond of Olshey.
Marc Stein: As one source sagely explains: Suns certainly have player to appeal to PORT in sign-and-trade if LaMarcus Aldridge chooses PHX: Eric Bledsoe. Blazers GM Neil Olshey drafted Bledsoe for Clips. If Aldridge springs surprise & chooses Phoenix, Suns could offer Bledsoe in sign-and-trade
David Aldridge: Still think Suns are dark horse for Aldridge, but 1) they do have quality PGs, which he wants, 2) with Chandler, they have legit center.
The Suns and Dallas Mavericks could possibly work a sign-and-trade agreement involving Chandler and Brandan Wright. Wright was a popular player with the Mavericks before they included him in the Rajon Rondo trade with Boston last season.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Suns are bringing Tyson Chandler into the meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge as part of their pitch, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.: 58 more rumors
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: The Suns walked into meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge moments ago, armed with Tyson Chandler and his agreed upon multi-year contract.
Marc Stein: ESPN sources say Tyson Chandler has agreed to a four-year deal with the Phoenix suns worth $52 million.: 4 more rumors
Adrian Wojnarowski: Tyson Chandler has agreed to a deal with the Suns, league source tells Yahoo Sports.: 4 more rumors
David Aldridge: Told strongly that Suns will not be trading Eric Bledsoe in wake of Brandon Knight deal. FWIW.
Brandon Knight has reached agreement on a five-year, $70 million contract extension with the Phoenix Suns, league sources told Yahoo Sports.: 2 more rumors
Alex Kennedy: As I tweeted earlier, Lakers, Mavs, Bucks are interested in Iman Shumpert. Hearing Suns may show interest too. They’ve liked him for awhile.
Tim MacMahon: Source says Suns, Mavs, Pacers, Grizzlies and Clippers are teams showing most interest in high-flying big Brandan Wright.: 2 more rumors
Chris Broussard: Sources: Sac, Wash, Hou, LAL, Mia, Phx, NYK expected to show interest in Derrick Williams
The Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets will get the first opportunities to meet with LaMarcus Aldridge shortly after the free-agency period officially begins at 9:01 p.m. PT Tuesday in Los Angeles. Aldridge also will meet with the San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns and Toronto Raptors on Wednesday and with the New York Knicks on Thursday, league sources told ESPN.com.
Dudley can opt in on the final year of a five-year, $21.25 million deal he signed with the Phoenix Suns. The player option year is worth $4.25 million for the 2015-’16 season. The Bucks would welcome Dudley back because of the way he played off the bench last season, and the leadership he showed with the team’s young players.
David Aldridge: LaMarcus Aldridge itinerary starts Tuesday at 9 PDT (midnight EDT), with the Lakers, and goes, in order: HOU, SA, PHO, DAL, TOR thru Thursday. And, sorry, the Knicks get the last at bat, after Toronto Thursday. So, LaMarcus visit order again, starting Tue at 9 PDT: LAL, HOU, SA, PHO, DAL, TOR, NYK. (No need 2 meet with POR; they’re already offered.): 58 more rumors
Eric Pincus: The Phoenix Suns made Brandon Knight a restricted free agent with a qualifying offer @BBallInsiders
The Kings, one source said, are expected to express interest in Bledsoe. While Sacramento has been buried in rumors involving center DeMarcus Cousins, a league executive said the Kings have been far more focused on improving the point guard position. The Kings started Darren Collison at the position, but would like to move him into a backup role. And if Sacramento keeps Cousins, bringing in his former Kentucky teammate and good friend surely would help to keep him happy.: 4 more rumors
As a report surfaced that the Suns were planning to re-sign restricted free agent point guard Brandon Knight, Eric Bledsoe’s path out of Phoenix became clearer — if not easier. Sporting News reported last week that the Suns had been shopping Bledsoe. But trading Bledsoe, according to league sources, will not prove to be easy for Phoenix. “There was a reason,” one general manager told SN, “that no one wanted to give him that ($70 million) contract last year. I think you still have to worry about his health. I think you worry about how coachable he is, too.”
Bledsoe never caused any issues publicly or privately, sources said, but his performance suffered. He averaged 17.0 points, and his shooting dropped from 47.7 percent the previous year to 44.7 percent. He shot only 32.4 percent from the 3-point line. Still, Bledsoe is only 25 and has value, even with the four years and $57 million left on his contract.
“I would expect that to be a situation that you would be OK with extending into the late summer,” the league executive said. “There is no hurry and you have to know someone is going to be out there looking to make a move once the dust settles.”
Steve Kyler: Heard its been verbally agreed 5 years and roughly $70 million, we’ll see if that is where it stays. twitter.com/VanBerf/status…
Marc Stein: That Suns will seriously explore their Eric Bledsoe trade options if they indeed strikes the deal w/B-Knight that @Gery Woelfel is reporting: 4 more rumors
Knight, whom the Milwaukee Bucks traded to the Phoenix Suns in February in a multiple-team deal, appears on the brink of signing a lucrative long-term contract to remain with the Suns. I’ve been told by an NBA official that Knight, who’ll become a restricted free agent on July 1, will sign a five-year, $70 million contract with the Suns. Knight, who is 23, was enjoying an All-Star caliber season – 17.8 points and 5.4 assists — before the Bucks surprisingly sent him to the Suns. He then played 11 games for the Suns, averaging 13.4 and 4.5 assists. After suffering an ankle injury March 9, Knight missed 16 of the Suns’ final 17 games. He underwent minor arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle in April.: 2 more rumors
The Suns were in this situation with Bledsoe a year ago and it dragged out the entire summer before he signed a five-year, $70 million deal. The Suns will be more proactive and are working with a more communicative client. “He’s a guy who made a good impression on us,” McDonough said of Knight. “He didn’t play as much as we’d like because of the injury but, at 23 years old, it’s amazing how young he is given he’s been in the league four years and was a borderline All-Star last year for Milwaukee. He’s certainly one of our top priorities, if not the top priority. We want a quick process with all of our guys, him included. We’ve got good vibes from him about his time in Phoenix. I imagine he will be one of the first guys we call, if not the first.”: 2 more rumors
The Suns are interested in returning power forward Brandan Wright, who is an unrestricted free agent with the shot-blocking, athleticism and maturity the team desires.: 2 more rumors
The Suns are not permitted to comment on free agents but Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough, in keeping with an approach he laid out upon his 2013 introduction, said the team would pursue top talent by free agency or trade. “We’re going to be aggressive and target the best players,” McDonough said. “I think you’ll see us go after the top guys. We hope to get meetings with some of the top free agents and sell them on all Phoenix has to offer. You win big in this league with elite players. We had some success over the past couple years, not as much as we’d like this past year, but we’re going to be aggressive. There’s a great history and tradition here. You saw how a player like Steve Nash transforms an organization when he arrives. We’d be doing a disservice to ourselves and our fans if we didn’t go after the top guys.”
They have to determine quickly whether they are in the mix. Free agency scenarios move fast. If there is no realistic chance at the top players, the Suns do not want their time taken or cap space frozen while other targets move on. The Suns have needs to fill with the frontcourt, shooting and a third point guard. “We’ll ask them to be honest with us about our chances,” McDonough said. “Some of it is a gut feel and a gut call about how much of a chance you have and how realistic it is to be picked by a player.”
The Suns are adding former Villanova player Jason Fraser to their staff as a player development coach who will focus on the team’s big men. Fraser’s addition is the latest change to a Suns coaching staff that also added 13-year veteran point guard Earl Watson as an assistant coach specializing in player development and made Nate Bjorkgren, last season’s head coach for D-League affiliate Bakersfield, a player development coach.
The Suns are adding former Villanova player Jason Fraser to their staff as a player development coach who will focus on the team’s big men.
Paul Coro: The Suns will keep Jon Leuer, who they acquired for their No. 44 pick. Leuer, a 6-10 spread PF, has a $1M salary that turns guaranteed Tues.