Suns Rumors & News

  • Suns draft Dragan Bender with 4th pick

    SB Nation "With the fourth pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, the Phoenix Suns selected Dragan Bender, an 18-year-old Croatian power forward who spent last season playing for Maccabi Tel Aviv of the Israeli league. Bender is a a little raw as a prospect, but he's worthy of a high selection thanks to his tools..." June 23

  • Suns Offered Eric Bledsoe, Lottery Pick To Jazz For Gordon Hayward

    Real GM Basketball "The Phoenix Suns attempted to acquire Gordon Hayward from the Utah Jazz by offering Eric Bledsoe and a lottery pick. The Jazz acquired George Hill from the Indiana Pacers in exchange for their own lottery pick on the eve of the draft. The Suns have been shopping both Bledsoe and Brandon..." June 23

  • Suns' Bogdanovic will remain overseas next season

    Arizona Republic "The Suns were exploring bringing Bogdanovic, their 2014 first-round draft pick, to Phoenix for the 2016-17 season but Bogdanovic opted to remain with his Fenerbahce club in Turkey. The Suns will retain Bogdanovic's rights but he will no longer be subject to the rookie contract scale of 2014 if..." June 23

  • President Obama has 'discussed' being NBA owner, White House says

    ESPN "Much has been made of what might be next for President Barack Obama after he leaves the White House in January. According to press secretary Josh Earnest, becoming an NBA owner might be an option. Earnest said Wednesday that the president, well known for being a big fan of Chicago sports teams,..." June 23

  • Report: Suns shopping Eric Bledsoe, may draft Kris Dunn to replace him

    Larry Brown Sports "The Phoenix Suns could be poised to make significant changes in the coming weeks. According to Sean Deveney of the Sporting News, Eric Bledsoe is “firmly on the trading block,” with the Suns in search of frontcourt help. They may replace Bledsoe with Providence’s Kris Dunn, whom they are..." June 23

  • Gordon Hayward off the trade table for Utah Jazz

    CBS Sports "The Boston Celtics are trying to move the No. 3 pick urgently, according to multiple outlets. They've been pursuing Jahlil Okafor, Jimmy Butler, and other big-name players given that they don't need another rookie and don't need another guard with their having approximately 700 of them. One..." June 22

  • Stephen A. Smith Hasn't Gotten a NBA Finals Pick Right Since 2009

    The Big Lead "This video is fun stuff. Stephen A. Smith returned to ESPN before the 2011 NBA Finals. He has never correctly picked the NBA Champion before the Finals, going 0 for 6. He was not at ESPN for a two-year period before that, but I found this transcript of his appearance on MSNBC in May of 2010,..." June 21

  • Suns work out Chriss, Bender in solos, plus star group

    Arizona Republic "If the Suns are making a decision between power forwards Thursday night with the No. 4 draft pick, their preference became clearer this weekend. Croatian 7-footer Dragan Bender and Washington’s 6-foot-10 Marquese Chriss had unannounced, individual workouts with the Suns in Phoenix. The Suns..." June 19

  • Suns To Enter Contract Talks With Bogdan Bogdanovic

    Real GM Basketball "The Phoenix Suns will enter negotiations with Bogdan Bogdanovic to bring him over to the NBA. This is the last year that Bogdanovic would be required to sign on the NBA rookie scale as the Suns' No. 27 draft pick in 2014. That contract could pay him up to $5.7 million over four years, including..." June 15

  • 2016 NBA Mock Draft 2.0

    Fox Sports "While the NBA Finals have fully captured America's imagination over the past two weeks, it's easy to forget that the NBA Draft is slowly creeping toward us. Correction, it's not "slowly creeping toward us," it's basically right here, with slightly more than a week until Adam Silver steps to the..." June 15

  • Craig Sager will join ESPN's coverage of Warriors-Cavaliers Game 6

    Yahoo! Sports "Well, this is awesome: ESPN announced Wednesday morning that Craig Sager, legendary sideline reporter for Turner Sports' NBA coverage and soon-to-be recipient of the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the 2016 ESPYs, will join the ABC/ESPN broadcast crew for Thursday's Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals..." June 15

  • Phoenix Suns Tradability Index as the 2016 NBA Draft approaches

    Bright Side Of The Sun "Just how likely are the Phoenix Suns to execute a few trades of their current players this month to re-balance their roster? Well that's a question to be answered by the 29 other NBA teams, not the Suns. While nearly all NBA teams are allowed to consummate trades at this time, you almost never..." June 12

  • The Olympics would be better off without NBA players

    Fox Sports "I love the Olympics. I live for the Olympics. I've been excited about Rio since an hour before the London Closing Ceremony began. I love the big events (swimming, track, gymnastics) as much as the minor-leaguers (shooting, archery, racewalking). Shoot, I'll even willingly watch diving - only in..." June 08

  • Data shows NBA players are dropping $42,500 per month

    Sporting News "NBA players make a lot of money, so that gives them the freedom to spend that money, which data shows they do. According to a San Francisco Chronicle report on data provided by financial advisors Personal Capital, players are dropping about $42,500 a month — or $510,000 a year — on expenses...." June 08

  • Referees union calls for end of NBA's 'Last Two-Minute' reports

    ESPN "The National Basketball Referees Association has called for the NBA to stop releasing its Last Two Minute Reports. In a statement released Tuesday, the NBRA says the NBA's effort to "promote so-called transparency will cause more harm than good for the officials and the game." "Transparency..." June 08

  • NBA Referees Are Officially Pretty Sick Of Having Their Work Publicly Critiqued By The League

    Dime Magazine "The NBA’s intentions were good when it decided to add a dose of clarity to officiating down the stretch of close games. Toward the tale end of last season, newly-implemented “Last Two-Minutes Reports” received nothing but positive attention across the basketball world. The league’s decision to..." June 07

  • NBA creates Pride Month T-shirt line with every team's logo in rainbows

    OutSports.com "The NBA has unveiled a new line of apparel for Pride Month, the likes of which hasn't been done before in men's professional sports, to our knowledge. The League, in conjunction with Teespring, has created T-shirts of every one of the NBA's 30 teams that feature each team's logo in rainbows...." June 07

  • Chandler happy in Phoenix despite disappointing 1st season

    The Score "A disappointing debut season in Arizona hasn't deterred Tyson Chandler from wanting to remain with the Phoenix Suns. "I'm happy where I am," Chandler said Thursday. "I feel like the Suns have a bright future if we continue to build and build the right way. It's all about building the right..." June 06

  • Jeff Hornacek Pushed Suns to Trade Isaiah Thomas, Suns Foolishly Listened

    Valley of the Suns "In May, there were rumors that Goran Dragic had told Jeff Hornacek he was willing to re-sign with the Phoenix Suns if they didn’t trade him (I detail here why that doesn’t actually mean much). Now, Jeff Hornacek is part of a new rumor, this one concerning the trade of Isaiah Thomas to the..." June 06

  • Phoenix Suns work out Domantas Sabonis, Cheick Diallo

    Arizona Republic "The Suns had all the energy of a recoiled spring available for their viewing Thursday with the perpetual motion of Gonzaga’s Domantas Sabonis and the continuous bounce of Kansas’ Cheick Diallo. The prospective first-round power forwards could not be much different otherwise. Sabonis grew up the..." June 05

  • Adam Silver, faced with surge, to seek rule nullifying Hack-a-Shaq

    ESPN "NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he would use his "bully pulpit" to try to force through reform to eliminate the intentional fouling of poor free throw shooters, also known as the "Hack-a-Shaq" strategy. Silver was speaking in his annual address before Game 1 of the NBA Finals. In the same..." June 02

  • Techies Are Trying to Turn the NBA Into the World’s Biggest Sports League

    Wired "Los Angeles Clippers were just getting used to being a good basketball team. After more than three decades of irrelevance—and only four winning seasons—they’d finally found that magic mix of talent and cohesion and had become a division-winning powerhouse practically overnight. But then they hit..." May 31

  • Adam Silver: Officials get it right ‘roughly 90 percent’ of the time

    ESPN "Commissioner Adam Silver says the NBA doesn't have a choice on whether to be as transparent as possible in determining whether key crunch-time plays were officiated correctly "with so many cameras focused on the action, with so many other kinds of services providing that same information to our..." May 26

  • All NBA-Teams Announced; Will Anthony Davis Get His Extra $24 Mil

    Black Sports Online "The answer to the Anthony Davis question is no. He had to make at least All-NBA 3rd team to make his extra $24 million and he did not. While he isn’t hurting for cash, you can’t make up $24 million. Damian Lillard though….. Anything else surprise you about the teams? Here is a..." May 26

  • Leonard, Green, Jordan, Bradley, Paul On All-Defensive Team

    Pro Basketball Talk "There wasn’t much consensus among All-Defensive voters, except for this. Kawhi Leonard is really good. The back-to-back reigning Defensive Player of the Year was the only player to appear on every ballot, and he made the first team on all 130. He leads a pretty well-selected group: First..." May 25

  • Craig Sager to receive Jimmy V Award for Perseverance

    College Spun "During the Western Conference Finals, NBA fans can find Craig Sager doing his normal job, handling sideline duties for TNT. Sager, who was given just a few months to live back in March, continues to work the job he loves, even driving hours from chemotherapy treatments to make sure he’s in time..." May 24

  • Goran Dragic pledged to re-sign with Suns before they traded him

    Pro Basketball Talk "With trade rumors swirling, Goran Dragic told the Suns in February 2015 that he wouldn’t re-sign the following summer. Dragic said he no longer trusted Phoenix’s front office. So, the Suns traded him to Miami. But did they have to? Then-Phoenix coach Jeff Hornacek apparently got Dragic to..." May 24

  • Mission Impossible: African-Americans & analytics

    The Undefeated "The mission was to find black folks who spend anytime talking about advanced analytics, whose conversations are framed by — or even casually include references to — win shares or effective shooting percentage, WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched) or points per 100 possessions. It’s a failed..." May 24

  • Report: Kris Dunn's camp doesn't want him going to Celtics, Suns

    The Score "With the draft order officially set, top prospect Kris Dunn is looking to control his NBA future. Dunn's camp wants to avoid certain teams who already have a young, established point guard, The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reports, making the Boston Celtics (No. 3 pick) and Phoenix Suns (No...." May 18

  • Tales from the NBA draft lottery

    ESPN "For a moment in the closed-off lottery drawing room, there is real suspense. The machine with the 14 pingpong balls inside flips on, the balls fly around, and a timekeeper with his back to it waits 20 seconds before raising his hand, the signal for the operator to suck up the first ball. Those..." May 18

  • Barkley bemoans current NBA: 'Worst I've ever seen'

    The Score "Another day, another retired player complaining about today's game. Charles Barkley made an appearance Wednesday on the Dan Patrick Show to deliver a take down of the modern game. "The NBA is watered down," Barkley said. "The NBA is the worst I’ve ever seen it." Keep in mind Barkley was..." May 11

  • Phoenix Suns center Alex Len saves friend from drowning in Dominican Republic

    Arizona Republic "Being 7 feet 1 and transforming a spindly, 230-pound body on his 2013 NBA draft night into a sturdy, 260-pound pillar have made Alex Len a better basketball player for the Phoenix Suns. That size and strength were more vital when Len needed to save a friend’s life last week. “I thought I was..." May 06

  • Report: Jeff Hornacek emerges as candidate for Pacers’ coaching job

    Larry Brown Sports "On the heels of Thursday’s news that Frank Vogel will not be retained as head coach of the Pacers, team president Larry Bird will apparently consider an old competitor from back in his playing days to fill the fresh vacancy. According to a report by Ken Berger of CBS Sports on Thursday, former..." May 05

  • Tim Donaghy: '100 percent' of NBA refs gamble

    Fox Sports "Whether you believe all his claims or not, few (if any) know the inner workings of the NBA and the role referees play in determining outcomes of games better than Tim Donaghy does. The disgraced former ref worked in the NBA for 13 seasons, until an FBI investigation revealed that he had bet on..." May 05

  • NBA to ban alcohol and gambling advertisements on jerseys

    Sportsnaut "The NBA will soon allow advertisements on jerseys but according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, the companies eligible for advertisements will be limited. Rovell also added that the NBA can veto any other possible company. There are no big surprises here, but a few things do stand..." May 04

  • Why NBA Players Lie About Their Height

    Wall Street Journal "Kevin Durant is 6-foot-9. That’s his height by all official accounts—the NBA, the Oklahoma City Thunder, his Wikipedia page—and that’s how Durant will be described throughout the basketball playoffs. As it turns out, though, there is one person who disagrees. His name is Kevin Durant. This..." May 03

  • Craig Sager Helped Talk Dennis Rodman Out of Committing Suicide in 1993

    Complex "Dennis Rodman thought long and hard about taking his own life back in 1993, and in the past, he hasn’t shied away from talking about it. He wrote about his suicidal thoughts in his 1996 book, Bad As I Wanna Be, and during an interview on In Depth with Graham Bensinger in 2011, he spoke openly..." April 26

  • NBA Players Admit to Checking Their Cell Phones at Halftime

    Complex "It’s been more than seven years now since Charlie Villanueva made headlines—and pissed off then-Bucks head coach Scott Skiles—by sending out this tweet at halftime of a Milwaukee game And while most NBA players have refrained from tweeting during games since then, they apparently haven’t..." April 21

  • Nearly Perfect: Charles Barkley Was The Patron Saint Of Moral Victories

    Deadspin "I’m a sucker for those moments when athletes lose themselves a little bit. When Jose Bautista gets mad at baseball and then throws a bat into baseball’s face; when Rajon Rondo realizes it’s him against the world and still asks LeBron James to come get some; when Baron Davis decides that the only..." April 20

  • Suns To Formally Make Earl Watson Head Coach

    Hoops Rumors "The Suns will remove the interim tag from Earl Watson‘s title and formally make him the team’s head coach, as team sources told Jude LaCava of KSAZ-TV in Phoenix and as Marc J. Spears of The Vertical confirms (Twitter links). Watson and the Suns have a deal on a three-year contract, according to..." April 19

  • Suns GM Ryan McDonough talks changes, coach hire, hope

    Arizona Republic "Like most Suns fans, team general manager Ryan McDonough looks at this season’s final ledger with disappointment and disgust. But also disbelief. “I still can’t believe that happened,” McDonough said. “I don’t think any of us could’ve envisioned this, especially when we started out 7-5 and..." April 17

  • Phoenix Suns deal with backcourt trio dynamic again

    Arizona Republic "Off the court, the Suns’ first order of offseason business is to pick next season’s head coach. The Suns who take the court were clear and unanimous on Thursday’s exit day that they back interim head coach Earl Watson, who sources consider to be the leading candidate as the search and interview..." April 15

  • Suns roll past Clippers' second team

    The Sports Xchange "PHOENIX -- For the Phoenix Suns, the goal was finishing the season strong. For the Los Angeles Clippers, it was about being strong for the finish. Mirza Teletovic led seven players in double figures with 22 points as the Suns closed out a disappointing season with a 114-105 win over the..." April 14

  • Seth Curry guides Kings past Suns

    The Sports Xchange "PHOENIX -- Seth Curry is waiting for his chance to show what he can do at the NBA level. With five Sacramento Kings out of the lineup Monday, Curry used an opportunity as an audition. Curry scored 20 points and added a career-high 15 assists, and a watered-down Kings team held off a late..." April 12

  • Sources: NBA owners expected to pass rule allowing ads on jerseys

    ESPN "NBA owners are scheduled to vote this week on putting ads on jerseys for the 2017-18 season, multiple sources told ESPN. The measure is expected to pass, according to sources. Several teams have begun testing the market to sell the potentially lucrative ads, which would be placed in a..." April 12

  • Phoenix Suns to move D-League team to Prescott Valley

    Arizona Republic "Seeing the Suns organization play in state will not be limited to Phoenix any longer. The Suns are taking full control of their D-League operation by placing an affiliate team in Prescott Valley at the 10-year-old Prescott Valley Event Center. The team will base all operations at the arena..." April 12

  • Brandon Knight Undergoes Successful Sports Hernia Surgery

    Real GM Basketball "Brandon Knight underwent successful surgery to treat a sports hernia. The surgery was performed by Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia. Knight has already begun rehabilitation and will return to Phoenix next week." April 09

  • Earl Watson, Luke Walton, Mike D'Antoni among Suns' targets

    ESPN "The Phoenix Suns will conduct a full-scale coaching search at season's end, with interim coach Earl Watson among the candidates who will be considered, according to team sources. Sources told ESPN.com that the Suns plan to consider multiple candidates, with Watson among them, once they complete..." April 09

  • Suns' Brandon Knight opts for sports hernia surgery

    Arizona Republic "Suns guard Brandon Knight underwent surgery Thursday in Philadelphia for a sports hernia that shut down his season early. Knight, 24, sought a second opinion on the groin strain that sidelined him for seven weeks (Jan. 21 to March 9). He returned for 10 appearances but aggravated the injury..." April 08

  • Rockets' playoff hopes dim after loss to Suns

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- James Harden wore a somber expression in a virtually empty locker room late Thursday night, a scene that painted the perfect picture of the Houston Rockets' season-long struggle with failure and frustration. Phoenix's P.J. Tucker and Mirza Teletovic shared the offensive load, and..." April 07

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