Suns Rumors & News

  • Playoffs Could Have Fewest Games In Expanded Format Era, Bring Down Cap

    Real GM Basketball "The 2017 NBA Playoffs will have one of the fewest number of game since the first round was expanded from a five-game series to a seven-game series in 2003. Depending on the length of The Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, there will be anywhere between 78 games..." May 26

  • Anthony Davis chosen first-team All-NBA for second time in three seasons "With one week remaining in the 2016-17 regular season, Anthony Davis half-jokingly told the media that although being chosen for an All-NBA team would be meaningful for him, “last year it would’ve meant a lot more.” Davis was referring to a clause in his New Orleans Pelicans contract that..." May 18

  • NBA Team Option Decisions For 2017/18

    Hoops Rumors "Having created a post last week to track this offseason’s player option decisions, we’re turning our attention today to team options. In the coming weeks, we’ll use the space below to keep tabs on all the team options for 2017/18, making note of whether they’re picked up or declined. True team..." May 15

  • Tyler Ulis Undergoes Surgery On Right Ankle

    Real GM Basketball "Tyler Ulis underwent a minor surgical procedure on his right ankle. The surgery was performed by Dr. Martin O’Malley at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. Ulis is expected to return to full basketball activity in approximately 12 weeks. " May 11

  • Report: Suns Passed on Kawhi Leonard in Draft Partially Because of Nervous Interview

    SLAM Online "The Phoenix Suns probably regret this one. The Arizona Republic reports the story of how Phoenix passed on Kawhi Leonard with the 13th pick in the 2011 Draft because of questions about his shot and nervousness during his pre-draft interview. The Suns, of course, selected Markieff Morris, who..." May 11

  • NBA Teams Fed Up with Rockets' 'Jabroni' Foul-Drawing

    Bleacher Report "What the NBA should do about the proliferation of players being fouled on three-point shot attempts is up for debate. What is not is who has practically cornered the market on how to draw them: the Houston Rockets. And for however long they are alive in these playoffs—and facing elimination in..." May 11

  • Suns Jared Dudley: ‘Paul George is not staying in Indiana’

    Sportsnaut "We will surely hear a ton of reports linking Paul George to potential trades once the NBA offseason gets going this summer. George himself wouldn’t commit to remaining with the Indiana Pacers long term after the team lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round of the playoffs last..." May 11

  • NBA announces eight new awards to be voted on by fans

    Sportsnaut "If you were wondering how the NBA plans to fill a prime-time awards show, we got part of the answer today. TNT announced eight new awards to be voted on by fans through social media: Assist of the Year, Best Style, Block of the Year, Dunk of the Year, Game Winner of the Year, Performance of the..." April 28

  • The NBA Players Who Are Too Busy Complaining To Get Back On D

    Five Thirty Eight "As someone who each week watches about a dozen NBA games for a living, I have my fair share of pet peeves. Like many fans, I lose my patience with the glitchy League Pass whenever I’m forced to stream a game on my laptop. By the ends of close games, I’ve often lost interest during the 15-minute..." April 20

  • This Is The NBA Draft Order And Lottery Odds After Tiebreakers Were Decided

    Dime Magazine "The NBA Draft Lottery isn’t until May 16, but the ping-pong ball fun got started on Tuesday when the league broke all the necessary tiebreakers for the lottery odds and 16 non-lottery spots in the draft. In total, there were five ties broken on Tuesday by way of the all powerful ping-pong ball..." April 18

  • Suns To Keep Ryan McDonough As GM

    Real GM Basketball "The Phoenix Suns intend to retain Ryan McDonough as general manager as he enters the final season of his current contract. McDonough became general manager of the Suns in 2013. Phoenix hasn't reached the playoffs for seven straight seasons. "Obviously the record [24-58] is a little bit..." April 18

  • Here Is The BIG3 Basketball League’s Full 10-City Schedule For The Summer

    Uproxx "The BIG3’s full 10-week, 10-city schedule has been released, as the fledgling basketball league filled with former NBA stars like Allen Iverson, Jason Williams, Stephen Jackson, Chauncey Billups and many more will begin in late June with their inaugural games at the Barclays Center in..." April 18

  • NBA GMs looking to tweak contract buyout and waiver process

    Fanrag Sports "A majority of general managers in the NBA are urging the league to begin a dialogue on possible tweaks to the in-season contract buyout and waiver process, according to a report from The Vertical. Among front office and personnel, there’s an ongoing worry regarding the buyout process. The..." April 13

  • Lawson's first triple-double paces Kings

    The Sports Xchange "SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Ty Lawson had come close to posting a triple-double more than a couple of times in his eight-season NBA career and never pulled it off. So he appreciated that Sacramento Kings coach Dave Joerger put him back into the game with his team nursing a huge fourth-quarter lead..." April 12

  • Only one of Warriors’ Big Four missed the cut in NBA’s 15 most popular jerseys

    Fox Sports "When it comes to selling merchandise, popularity matters. That’s the case in the NFL and MLB, and it’s certainly true in the NBA. That’s part of the reason Stephen Curry has dominated jersey sales for quite a while now. His reign of having the most popular jersey in the league continued this..." April 11

  • Suns topple Mavericks to win final home game of season

    The Sports Xchange "PHOENIX -- For the Phoenix Suns, the wins are meaningless but the experience is invaluable. T.J. Warren and Devin Booker scored 21 points each and the Suns closed out the home portion of their schedule with a 124-111 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday. Warren made all eight of his..." April 09

  • Westbrook fails to set record in loss to Suns

    The Sports Xchange "PHOENIX -- Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook put his name in the NBA record books once on Friday. But a miserable shooting start and an inspired effort from the Phoenix Suns kept him from authoring any further rewrites. Westbrook fell short of setting the NBA record for..." April 08

  • Booker 'took it personally' hearing Suns fans cheering for Westbrook

    Arizona Republic "Devin Booker took ownership Friday night. With the home crowd behind Russell Westbrook's pursuit of history, the Suns second-year guard stole the moment, taking over and sending a message. Late in the fourth quarter, as he dribbled on the left wing, the Talking Stick Resort Arena crowd booed...." April 08

  • NBA ProJects $101MM Salary Cap Next Season

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA’s latest salary cap projection for the 2017/18 season is now $101MM, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. That’s an increase of nearly $7MM over this season’s cap of $94.1MM but lower than previous projections. The tax level is projected to rise $8MM to $121MM next season,..." April 07

  • Curry, Warriors douse Suns, clinch No. 1 seed in West

    The Sports Xchange "PHOENIX -- With their regular-season goals achieved, the Golden State Warriors can focus on getting healthy for the playoffs and reclaiming the NBA championship. Stephen Curry scored 23 of his 42 points in the first 10 minutes, and the Warriors clinched the top spot in the Western Conference..." April 06

  • Devin Booker Gives 70-Point-Game Jersey To Basketball Hall Of Fame

    NESN "Should Devin Booker ever become a hall-of-fame-basketball player, some of his memorabilia will already be waiting for him in Springfield, Mass. The Phoenix Suns shooting guard gifted the jersey he wore March 24 to The Basketball Hall of Fame. Booker scored 70 points that night in the Suns’..." April 04

  • ESPN replacing Sage Steele with Michelle Beadle as 'NBA Countdown' host

    Sporting News "As the NBA playoffs approach, ESPN is making a key personnel change. Network veteran Sage Steele is out. Michelle Beadle is in, the network announced Tuesday. Beadle, who rose to popularity as personality on ESPN2's "SportsNation," will become the full-time host on "NBA Countdown," leading..." April 04

  • Beverley, Troy Williams lead Rockets over Suns

    The Sports Xchange "PHOENIX -- When Houston coach Mike D'Antoni found out that star James Harden would miss Sunday's game with the flu, he wasted no time putting heavy expectations on backup Patrick Beverley. "Coach walked up to me and said, 'I need a triple-double out of you tonight,'" Beverley said...." April 03

  • Suns coach believes Devin Booker is the next James Harden

    Larry Brown Sports "Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker has been on fire since the team shut Eric Bledsoe down for the year. Listed as a shooting guard, Booker has been lighting up the scoreboard and dropped 70 points in a game last week against the Boston Celtics. But he has also shown an ability to set his teammates..." April 03

  • Lillard, McCollum lead Trail Blazers in rout of Suns

    The Sports Xchange "PORTLAND, Ore. -- The new-look -- and actually old-look -- Portland Trail Blazers, playing for the first time since losing starting center Jusuf Nurkic to injury, made some adjustments Saturday night that helped them keep winning and moved them closer to clinching a playoff spot. Damian..." April 02

  • Griffin, Paul carry Clippers past Suns

    The Sports Xchange "PHOENIX -- It wasn't big on style points, but the Los Angeles Clippers aren't judging their wins right now. They are just counting them. Blake Griffin and Chris Paul combined for 60 points, and Clippers had just enough left in the tank to close out a 124-118 win over the slumping Phoenix..." March 31

  • Schroder helps Hawks stave off Suns

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- With his team missing three starters and on the brink of losing for the eighth consecutive game, it was an optimum time for Dennis Schroder to rise to the occasion. The Atlanta guard overcame some uneven play, scored 27 points and helped the Hawks recover from blowing an 18-point..." March 28

  • Suns To Explore Eric Bledsoe Trade?

    Hoops Rumors "At 27, Eric Bledsoe doesn’t quite fit in with the Suns’ youth movement and the team may explore trading him for someone who does, suggests Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post. Bledsoe, who has been shut down for the season because of “soreness” in his left knee, remains one of the best assets..." March 28

  • Adam Silver wants NBA woman head coach 'sooner than later'

    ESPN "Adam Silver not only believes that there will be a woman head coach in the NBA, but the NBA commissioner told ESPN he wants it to happen "sooner rather than later." "There definitely will," Silver said when asked about a woman becoming an NBA head coach. "And I think it is on me to sort of..." March 28

  • Walker scores 31 as Hornets rout Suns

    The Sports Xchange "CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Hornets wanted to start fast, and that's exactly what they did. The Hornets pounced on the Phoenix Suns quickly on Sunday afternoon and rolled to a 120-106 victory at the Spectrum Center. The Hornets scored the first eight points of the game, then led..." March 26

  • Suns' Devin Booker credits Kobe Bryant for mindset that led to 70-point game

    Arizona Republic "The next time someone tells Devin Booker that he should have stayed in college this season, he probably will think about Wednesday night, glance at a pair of a pristine basketball shoes on a shelf and have a hearty laugh. Booker lived a boyhood dream of playing against Kobe Bryant before..." March 25

  • Thomas: Suns helping Booker chase numbers in losing cause was 'weird'

    CSN New England "– Stacking wins on top of wins is the mindset of the Boston Celtics right now, so the players who did speak to the media following Friday’s 130-120 win over Phoenix drove that point home emphatically. But inside the locker room, it was unusually quiet, the kind of silence you expect following a..." March 25

  • Watson: Got a problem with Suns letting Booker be great? 'Do something'

    Boston Globe "This one-and-done thing the past 12 years has produced mixed results, with some players flourish into All-Stars while others fall to the wayside. Devin Booker matter-of-factly declared for the draft after averaging 10 points in his lone season at Kentucky — as a reserve. And he slipped to the..." March 25

  • Crowder disses Suns for celebrating 70-point effort, Booker fires back

    Arizona Sports "Phoenix Suns shooting guard Devin Booker couldn’t make everyone happy after his 70-point performance against the Boston Celtics. One of those people that appears to not be pleased with Booker’s night is Boston forward Jae Crowder. Crowder — username bossmann99 — took to the NBA’s Instagram..." March 25

  • Devin Booker Scores 70 Points vs. Boston Celtics, Sets Suns Franchise Record

    Bleacher Report "Devin Booker put himself in the history books with 70 points against the Boston Celtics on Friday night at TD Garden, setting a franchise record for the Phoenix Suns for points in a game. While the Celtics earned a 130-120 win, Booker provided a glimpse of his potential with one of the best..." March 25

  • Suns' Booker scores 70, but Celtics prevail

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- The outcome was clearly not in doubt, so it was OK for the TD Garden crowd to be cheering for someone on the other team. Devin Booker did not disappoint. The Boston Celtics won the game 130-120 over the Phoenix Suns on Friday, but no one seemed to notice. The..." March 24

  • Suns now own record for youngest starting lineup in NBA history

    Arizona Sports "The NBA is no place for excuses, but the Suns’ 126-98 loss to the league-worst Brooklyn Nets (15-56) might have been more palatable with this fact: Phoenix rolled out the youngest starting lineup in the history of the NBA. T.J. Warren was listed as out with a foot contusion before the Suns..." March 24

  • Nets rally past Suns

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- Coming off a dramatic last-second win, the Brooklyn Nets saw things going south in a hurry Thursday. Their attempts to win consecutive games for the first time in nearly a year started with a state of confusion, and the Nets were so out of sorts that during a timeout, pens went..." March 23

  • March Madness Beat 2016 NBA Playoffs In Ad Revenue By $200M

    Real GM Basketball "March Madness generated $1.24 billion in advertising revenue for CBS and Turner in 2016. The two networks pay a combined $800 million per year to broadcast the NCAA tournament and that figure will increase to more than $1 billion beginning in 2024. The advertising revenue generated for CBS and..." March 23

  • Earl Watson focused on Suns, not UCLA job

    Larry Brown Sports "Earl Watson says he is focused on improving the Phoenix Suns amid rumors connecting him to the UCLA basketball job. UCLA is currently led by Steve Alford, who is in his fourth — and by far most successful — season as head coach of the Bruins. Rumors have tied Alford to the Indiana head coaching..." March 23

  • Suns' Earl Watson on UCLA rumor: My focus is here

    Arizona Republic "Earl Watson got a lot of text messages Monday. That wasn't a coincidence. Earlier in the day, ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Williams had brought up his name on a national radio show. The context: After the NCAA Tournament, Williams predicts UCLA coach Steve Alford will leave for..." March 22

  • NBA takes wrong approach to scheduling issue

    USA Today "There’s well-meaning, and then there’s meddling. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s letter to owners, urging them to get more involved in the decision to rest key players and warning of “significant penalties” for teams that flout league rules, will do little to stem the growing problem and might..." March 22

  • Steve Kerr, Rick Carlisle, Gregg Popovich agree rest unrest fixable

    ESPN "Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr says he would be willing to cut his own salary if the NBA shortened the schedule as a potential solution to the issue of stars resting during regular-season games as preventative maintenance. "I wouldn't be opposed to it, even at the expense to my own..." March 22

  • Whiteside leads Heat, gets 13 stitches on finger

    The Sports Xchange "MIAMI -- Hassan Whiteside's standout performance also came at a possibly huge cost. The Heat center set two team records during his 23-point, 14-rebound outing to lead Miami to a 112-97 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night. However, Whiteside also sustained a deep cut to the..." March 21

  • Pistons beat Suns to end three-game skid

    The Sports Xchange "AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Saddled with a three-game losing streak and down double digits to a shorthanded opponent, the Detroit Pistons displayed signs of high anxiety and frustration. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Aron Baynes came to the rescue. Caldwell-Pope scored 11 of his 23 points..." March 19

  • Magic slip past Suns, end four-game skid

    The Sports Xchange "PHOENIX -- A night after being embarrassed by 30 points against the Golden State Warriors, the Orlando Magic regrouped and made enough plays down the stretch to pay back the Phoenix Suns. Evan Fournier scored 25 points and Nikola Vucevic had his 30th double-double of the season with 18..." March 18

  • Given choice by owner, GM, Suns' Chandler decided to stay

    Arizona Republic "As his name surfaced in trade rumors, Tyson Chandler said he'd simply deal with it whenever management brought something to his "doorstep." A few weeks later, after a pre-trade-deadline practice, the Suns veteran center met with General Manager Ryan McDonough in a conference room at Talking Stick..." March 17

  • Labissiere pours in 32 as Kings top Suns

    The Sports Xchange "PHOENIX -- Skal Labissiere had a fourth quarter to remember, and the Sacramento Kings hope what they saw is a harbinger of things to come. The rookie from Kentucky scored a career-high 32 points, including his team's first 16 points of the fourth quarter, to help the Kings beat the Phoenix..." March 16

  • Suns guard Eric Bledsoe to sit remainder of season "With the Suns well out of the playoff picture and long-term health the main concern, Phoenix has decided to sit point guard Eric Bledsoe for the remainder of the season according to AZCentral reporter Doug Haller. The 27-year-old sat out last night's game against Sacramento despite being in..." March 16

  • Lillard, McCollum help Blazers hold off Suns

    The Sports Xchange "PHOENIX -- The Portland Trailblazers weren't about to let another big lead turn into a huge loss. Their star backcourt made sure of it. Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum combined for 65 points and the Trail Blazers regrouped after blowing an 18-point lead in the third quarter to turn back the..." March 13