Suns Rumors & News

  • Report: NBA eyeing 2020 as earliest draft allowing high schoolers

    Sportsnaut "Although it feels inevitable the NBA will eliminate the one-and-done rule, the change isn’t expected to happen for next year’s class of high school prospects. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, conversations between the NBA and Players’ Association have centered on 2020 as the “earliest..." April 25

  • Phoenix Suns, talking to Jason Kidd and Vinny Del Negro, close to whittling down list of coaching candidates

    Arizona Central "The Suns will soon move on to the second phase of their coaching search. Phoenix reportedly has talked to 10 candidates, the latest names revealed Monday when a league source told azcentral sports Phoenix had spoken to former Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd as well as..." April 23

  • Jared Dudley: Giannis Antetokounmpo practiced mean mugging in locker room

    Pro Basketball Talk "Giannis Antetokounmpo‘s Game 3 dunk over Aron Baynes was great. Antetokounmpo’s Game 4 dunk over Al Horford (seen above) is even better, because of the fantastic mean mug that followed. The rise of Antetokounmpo is no accident. He worked hard to develop his on-court skills. And that includes..." April 23

  • Suns Interview Igor Kokoskov For Head Coach Job

    Hoops Rumors "The Suns have interviewed Jazz assistant Igor Kokoskov for their vacant head coach job, league sources tell Tony Jones of The Salt Lake City Tribune (Twitter link). We noted yesterday that Phoenix planned to interview Kokoskov as they continue their search. Kokoskov has served an assistant for..." April 21

  • Suns To Interview Jazz Assistant Igor Kokoskov

    Hoops Rumors "Another potential head coaching candidate has entered the mix in Phoenix, as John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM reports (via Twitter) that the Suns will interview Jazz assistant Igor Kokoskov for the open job. Kokoskov, a member of Quin Snyder‘s staff in Utah, was recently identified by..." April 20

  • Kenyon Martin Says 85 Percent of NBA Smokes Marijuana

    SLAM Online "While the NBA bans the use of marijuana, Kenyon Martin estimates that “85 percent” of the League continues to find ways to smoke marijuana. In a roundtable discussion with B/R Mag’s Master Tesfatsion, Matt Barnes added that not only the players—but coaches and executives—smoke weed. “Some of..." April 20

  • Adam Silver: 'We Should Be Compensated' If Sports Gambling Is Legalized

    Bleacher Report "NBA commissioner Adam Silver reiterated Friday the league believes it should receive compensation if sports betting becomes legal in the United States. Silver explained his stance during an appearance on ESPN's Get Up!, per Andrew Joe Potter of The Score. "We've joined the fray ... and we..." April 20

  • Report: Mike Budenholzer withdraws from consideration for Phoenix Suns coaching job "After spending two days feeling out the head coaching vacancy in his home state, Mike Budenholzer has reportedly decided to pass on a job with Phoenix. The current head coach of the Atlanta Hawks surfaced as a surprise candidate for the Suns last week and met with team officials on Monday and..." April 20

  • Adam Silver on NBA’s handling of tanking incentives: ‘We’re not there yet’

    Pro Basketball Talk "NBA commissioner Adam Silver has defined tanking so narrowly – a team purposefully losing – he can deny it happens. A team sitting good healthy players? Not necessarily tanking. A team using suboptimal lineup combinations? Not necessarily tanking. Players giving less effort as they feel..." April 18

  • Mike Budenholzer has two-day interview with Suns for coaching vacancy

    Arizona Central "The Suns’ search for a new coach is picking up steam. ESPN reported that Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer, who was given permission to talk to Phoenix, interviewed with the Suns Monday and Tuesday and that, “a sense is expected to emerge soon whether there is a pathway to Budenholzer..." April 17

  • Phoenix Suns plan to interview former Magic head coach Frank Vogel

    Arizona Sports "The Phoenix Suns plan to interview former Orlando Magic head coach Frank Vogel for their head coaching vacancy, according to 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s John Gambadoro. Vogel, 44, had success as the head coach of the Indiana Pacers from 2011-16. After going 20-18 as the team’s..." April 17

  • NBA owner reportedly berated coach for not tanking

    Larry Brown Sports "As long as the NBA keeps its draft system the way it currently is, tanking will always be a huge issue across the league, particularly late in the season. For at least one team owner, tanking was an absolute must down the stretch. In the latest edition of his podcast with Bobby Marks, ESPN’s..." April 17

  • Big Pay Raises Coming for G League Players

    New York Times "The N.B.A. is instituting a long-anticipated salary increase in its developmental league, according to two people familiar with the league’s plans. Effective next season, players signed to G League contracts will earn $35,000 — or $7,000 per month — in addition to housing and insurance benefits..." April 17

  • NBA Leaves 18-19 Cap Projection At $101M, 19-20 At $108M

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA has not changed their preseason salary cap projection of $101 million for the 18-19 season and $108 million for 19-20 in a new memo to teams." April 17

  • 2018 Pre-Lottery NBA Draft Order

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA conducted its draft tiebreakers on Friday evening, further cementing the draft order for 2018. While we’ll have to wait until the lottery to determine the exact order for this year’s event, we now know what most of the 60 selections look like. Listed below is the pre-lottery 2018 NBA..." April 16

  • Fizdale to meet with Knicks, Suns next week about head coaching vacancies

    New York Daily News "David Fizdale, considered by some as a leading candidate for the Knicks, is scheduled to interview next week for their vacant coaching position. The 43-year-old revealed that news to reporters in Oakland on Friday while visiting a buddy, Steve Kerr, at a Warriors practice. Fizdale said he’s..." April 14

  • Hawks grant permission for Mike Budenholzer to meet Suns for head coaching job

    Clutch Points "According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Atlanta Hawks have granted permission for head coach Mike Budenholzer to meet the Phoenix Suns: The Atlanta Hawks have granted coach Mike Budenholzer permission to speak with the Phoenix Suns about their head-coaching vacancy, league sources told..." April 13

  • Suns reached out to Dan Majerle to gauge interest in head coaching job

    Arizona Sports "The Phoenix Suns reached out to Grand Canyon University coach and former player Dan Majerle to determine if he was interested in pursuing the team’s head coaching vacancy, but Majerle appears happy to remain at his current post, reports 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s John..." April 13

  • NBA viewership up year-over-year on both ABC and TNT

    Awful Announcing "It has been a good year for the NBA. Both conferences have featured more exciting races than expected, with mildly surprising results atop the standings and all kinds of unexpected outcomes (Jazz! Blazers! Pacers!) just a bit lower down. Superstars have played like superstars, young players have..." April 12

  • Summer of change ahead: Suns’ Booker done not making playoffs

    Arizona Sports "One by one, the players took their turn answering questions from reporters. And when they were done, they left. The question now is how many will return. The answer didn’t come on Wednesday, when the Phoenix Suns held their final media availability, officially closing the book on the 2017-18..." April 11

  • As Suns' season closes, Alex Len and Danuel House playing for their future

    Arizona Central "One player may have been saying goodbye. The other might have said hello. In the big picture, Phoenix’s 117-100 loss to the Golden State Warriors Sunday was significant for one reason. The Suns (20-61) clinched having the worst record in the NBA and the most ping-pong balls in the May 15 draft..." April 10

  • Injury Report for Suns-Mavericks Season Finale Should Be a Fireable Offense

    12 Up "No one really expected the Mavericks vs. Suns to be a barn burner to end the season. But the two teams have taken ​what should be a boring and lack luster finale to the year and turned it into an uglier version of the G-League. ​ The injury reports released by each team tell the whole story..." April 10

  • Suns clinch worst record in NBA, top lottery odds for 2018 No. 1 draft pick

    The Score "With their 117-100 defeat at the hands of the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night, the Phoenix Suns have fallen to 20-61 on the season, clinching the worst record in the league and the best odds at securing the No. 1 pick at the 2018 draft lottery. In addition to a 25 percent chance of..." April 09

  • Stephen Curry, LeBron James Headline US Men's Basketball National Team Roster

    Bleacher Report "USA Basketball announced its 35-player roster for the 2018-20 international basketball schedule on Friday, with Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder's reigning MVP Russell Westbrook among the notable..." April 06

  • Jason Kidd, David Fizdale, Jay Wright likely frontrunners for Suns coaching job

    Clutch Points "The NBA’s coaching structure is bound to take a big twist over the summer, and with a bevy of draft picks and young talent to boot, the Phoenix Suns’ coaching job is one that has plenty of upside, after registering 23, 24, and 20-win seasons in the past three years. Jay Triano is expected to..." April 06

  • Devin Booker On Suns: ‘There’s Definitely Going To Be A Lot Of Moves Made’

    SLAM Online "The Phoenix Suns own the NBA’s worst record and will not make the playoffs for the eighth consecutive year. That makes this offseason another crucial one for the organization, as they try to steer the ship in the right direction. In an interview with The Undefeated‘s Marc Spears, rising star..." April 05

  • Heat 2018 first-round pick now committed to Suns; '19 pick can be dealt

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "By clinching a playoff berth, the Miami Heat's 2018 first-round NBA draft pick has formally been forwarded to the Phoenix Suns, the first of two first-round picks due from the 2015 acquisition of Goran Dragic. The Heat also owe an unprotected 2021 first-round pick to complete that..." April 04

  • Nurse, Vanterpool Top List Of Rising Head Coach Candidates

    Hoops Rumors "No NBA head coaches were replaced during the 2017 offseason, but that’s very unlikely to be the case for 2018. Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post and Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports suggest that as many as 10 or 11 teams could be on the lookout for a new head coach this offseason. That list of..." April 04

  • Devin Booker sounds less bullish about signing contract extension with Suns

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Suns have gone 23-59, 24-58 and 19-59 in Devin Booker‘s three seasons. Despite all the high draft picks generated by those lousy records, Phoenix hasn’t added anyone else more likely than not to become a star. (Josh Jackson, Dragan Bender and Marquese Chriss have a chance, but the early..." April 03

  • Revolution Interrupted: Why Has the NBA's Effort to Hire Female Refs Stalled?

    Bleacher Report "Twenty-one years ago, the NBA broke the gender barrier when it hired Violet Palmer and Dee Kantner, becoming the first major U.S. professional men's league to hire women as full-time officials. But what was once seen as a sign of progress has not ushered in the cultural shift many expected. Today..." April 02

  • DeAndre Ayton Could See Himself In Phoenix With Booker Being ‘Shaq And Kobe 2.0’

    SLAM Online "Potential No. 1 overall pick DeAndre Ayton discussed his future in the NBA as a guest on CBS Sports Radio this past weekend. The Arizona big man said he could see himself playing in Phoenix with shooting guard Devin Booker and being “a little Shaq and Kobe 2.0.”" April 02

  • NBA Teams That Will Be Most Active on Trade Market This Summer

    Bleacher Report "Trade speculation is rampant during the NBA offseason—for good reason. Every team is, ostensibly, granted a fresh slate each summer. Breaks in the action allow them to decide what's next. Where are they headed? Where do they want to go? Squads can kick around rebuilds. They can chase instant..." April 02

  • NBA teams break league-wide 3-point record for 6th consecutive year

    The Score "NBA players are digging the long ball more and more. Teams combined to break a league-wide record for the sixth year in a row Friday night courtesy of the 23,749th made 3-pointer, surpassing the 2016-17 total. With 93 games remaining, players are drilling threes at more than eight percent above..." March 31

  • Alex Len candidly claims he 'probably' won't re-sign with Suns

    Arizona Central "The Suns’ Alex Len again showed glimpses of his potential during Phoenix's ninth straight loss Tuesday night. Len had one of his better games of the season with 19 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots. It was Len’s 10th double-double of the season, giving him at least 10 double-doubles..." March 31

  • Suns could pursue Cousins in free agency

    Sportsnaut "The Phoenix Suns are finishing up yet another season what will result in the team missing out on the playoffs altogether. In fact, Phoenix heads into this weekend’s action with the worst record in the NBA. That doesn’t mean the future isn’t bright for this talented young squad. Despite dealing..." March 30

  • Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Grant Hill to enter Basketball Hall of Fame

    ESPN "Jason Kidd, Steve Nash and Grant Hill have been notified of their inductions into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2018, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. A formal announcement of the full 2018 Hall of Fame class will come at a Final Four news conference in San..." March 29

  • YouTube TV to become first ever presenting sponsor of the NBA Finals

    Awful Announcing "Last fall, YouTube TV served as the presenting sponsor for the World Series, plastering its logo all across the Fox broadcast and using a play-button image behind home plate to create the illusion that the entire game was a YouTube video. Now, the streaming service is at it again, having..." March 26

  • Suns begin search for head coach; interim Jay Triano a candidate

    ESPN "The Phoenix Suns are beginning their search for a new head coach now, a process that will include interim coach Jay Triano, general manager Ryan McDonough told ESPN. In a coaching market that could be expansive with openings this spring, the Suns want to get a start on connecting with available..." March 23

  • Suns GM: ‘It probably is unlikely’ Tyson Chandler plays rest of season

    Arizona Sports "With 10 games left in the regular season, the banged-up Phoenix Suns are going to have to make some decisions. One of those is how they want to treat Tyson Chandler, who in his 17th season has a couple of injuries that have accumulated over the course of the season. Chandler played in just..." March 22

  • Phoenix Suns guard Elfrid Payton facing an uncertain future in the Valley

    Arizona Central "Elfrid Payton wants to play for the Suns next season. He likes his teammates, he likes the city and he believes Phoenix will be a winner soon. “I think they have a chance to be really good, especially in the near future,” he said. “So I would love to be here.” The Suns may not be so invested..." March 21

  • Phoenix Suns GM Ryan McDonough: Team will conduct 'wide-ranging' coaching search

    Arizona Central "The last time the Suns had a chance to engage in a coaching search, they didn’t. Phoenix promoted interim coach Earl Watson before the 2016-17 season without interviewing any other coaching candidates. Eighty-five games later, Watson was fired and Jay Triano was named interim coach. The Suns..." March 17

  • Chriss, Dudley fined $25K each for altercation vs. Jazz

    ESPN "Phoenix Suns' forwards Marquese Chriss and Jared Dudley have been fined $25,000 each for an incident in Thursday's game against the Utah Jazz. The NBA announced the fines following a Flagrant 2 foul call and ejection against Dudley against Ricky Rubio who was shoved whild running full speed on..." March 17

  • Suns To Sign Shaquille Harrison To Multi-Year Deal

    Hoops Rumors "The Suns have decided to retain Shaquille Harrison and are working on a multi-year contract that will be guaranteed through the rest of this season, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports tweets. Harrison’s second 10-day deal expires today and Phoenix has been impressed enough to give the Tulsa product..." March 12

  • Josh Jackson day-to-day with knee injury

    Fanrag Sports "During the first half of Thursday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Phoenix Suns rookie forward Josh Jackson left the game with a left knee injury. Following the game there was good news, as the Suns announced that an MRI on Jackson’s knee revealed no structural injury. Jackson is..." March 09

  • What does Suns rookie Josh Jackson's development mean for T.J. Warren?

    Arizona Central "Does Josh Jackson’s emergence change T.J. Warren’s role next season? You’d have to think so. Assuming Jackson continues to improve, there’s no way Phoenix can keep him out of the starting lineup. Jackson and Devin Booker already are developing a nice chemistry on the floor, and Jackson has a..." March 08

  • Robert Sarver Believes Suns Can 'Turn The Corner' This Offseason

    Real GM Basketball "Robert Sarver had an extensive interview with the Arizona Republic discussing the Suns' season and their plans for the offseason as they rebuild. "I think a lot of this year was about development of some of our younger players," said Sarver. "I think that’s been a lot of our focus. I think..." March 07

  • Unwritten Rules No Longer Have A Place In The NBA

    Dime Magazine "Disrespect has become a punchline. It is the word chosen to describe acts done on the basketball court that are increasingly fun for NBA fans. A crossover, a stare down, a heat check three; all moves that can be described as disrespectful without being true to the exact definition of the..." March 06

  • Suns Sign Shaquille Harrison To 2nd 10-Day Contract

    Real GM Basketball "The Phoenix Suns have signed guard Shaquille Harrison to a second 10-day contract after initially signing him on February 21. Harrison has appeared in five games with the Suns, the first five games of his NBA career, totaling nine points, 10 rebounds, eight steals and seven assists in 43..." March 05

  • Seattle ownership group wants NBA franchise after NHL expansion bid

    The Score "If the NHL decides to plant its 32nd team in Seattle, expect the ownership group in question to then vie for an NBA franchise. Oak View Group, the organization that has already submitted a $10-million payment to the NHL as part of its bid for an expansion franchise, wants it to be known they..." March 01

  • Report: Suns Targeting David Fizdale To Replace Interim Coach Jay Triano

    SLAM Online "The Suns fired head coach Earl Watson earlier this season, leaving assistant Jay Triano in charge on an interim basis. According to Mitch Lawrence of Sporting News, Phoenix is interested in David Fizdale as a potential replacement: Phoenix is targeting former Memphis coach Dave Fizdale to..." March 01