The extreme misery of this Suns season was not just exemplified in losses, but the outlandish manner in which they failed to compete in defeat.

The Suns lost by at least 25 points on 10 occasions, four more times than any previous season.

After the final such rout April 3 to the Clippers, Suns center Jermaine O’Neal questioned the team’s commitment in front of Managing Partner Robert Sarver and the team in a closed-door locker room meeting. Sarver countered that interim head coach Lindsey Hunter was learning on the job, to which Hunter responded with an inference that he needed better players to win.

After a 25-57 season marked the worst Suns effort in 44 years, all the fingers pointing around the room came from hands that played a part.

Blame can be spread, but the reparation from three non-playoff seasons is in the hands of executives. Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby accumulated draft picks and cap space to lead the rebuilding process with his two-year contract extension. The futures of third-year General Manager Lance Blanks (even with one more contract year), Hunter and most players remain uncertain.

O’Neal, Wes Johnson and Diante Garrett are the only Suns not under contract for next season. That group’s biggest question mark is Johnson, whom Hunter promoted for 21 starts that had mixed results: 13.4 points per game, spotty defense and 31.7 percent 3-point shooting.

The returnees have little security, although Goran Dragic is a keeper at $7.5 million annually for three years, and P.J. Tucker is a minimum-salary steal. Beyond that, who knows? Luis Scola is a marketable chip as a quality veteran with a good contract ($9.4 million over two years). Michael Beasley appears untradeable with $9.13 million guaranteed over the next two years. Channing Frye’s ability to return from an enlarged heart remains unknown.