Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough reiterated Monday that the team would like to sign guard Mike James to a standard NBA contract before his two-way contract expires on Dec. 6 and he becomes a free agent.

James is averaging 11.4 points and four assists per game while shooting 38.5 percent from the field and 29.5 percent from 3-point range.

“He’s played well,” McDonough said. “Obviously he got off to a good start and then struggled a little bit two to three weeks ago but recently he’s returned to form and played well and helped us get a couple of wins. We’d still like to get him on the 15-man roster and we’re looking at different ways to do that.”

One way to clear a roster spot is to clear the three-man logjam at center with Tyson Chandler, Greg Monroe and Alex Len all vying for playing time. When the Suns acquired Monroe from the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eric Bledsoe deal, McDonough said he was open to the idea of trading Monroe but that a contract buyout was “less likely.”