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.
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.

Kings targeting Eric Bledsoe?

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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.
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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.”

Brandon Knight to re-sign with Suns

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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.
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Keeping Brandon Knight is priority for Suns

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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.”
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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.