Also pleased to hear, since writing about ZORAN Dragic yesterday, that a few NBA teams are indeed tracking him. Hope for a two-Dragic NBA!
SB Nation "There will be more space around the basket stanchion next season because the NBA is trying to improve player safety. The NBA is attempting to improve player safety by cutting down the amount of photographers around the basket stanchion, according to a memo from Rod Thorn, the league's president..." August 26
ESPN.com "With just hours to go before a planned megadeal the would send Kevin Love to Cleveland, the Phoenix Suns reached out to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday to ask once more about the possibility of acquiring Love in a sign-and-trade for guard Eric Bledsoe, sources told ESPN.com. The..." August 23
Arizona Republic "The Suns and Eric Bledsoe are past the halfway point. The two sides have less time before a deadline to accept a one-year qualifying offer (fewer than six weeks) than they have had to work out a new multiyear contract (more than seven weeks). The only movement in the situation appears to be..." August 23
Sporting News "Given the stalemates that have gone on with Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe and Pistons forward Greg Monroe, the best option for both players would seem to be some sort of sign-and-trade. Bledsoe has been shopped around the league for the past month, while the Washington Post’s Michael Lee reports..." August 22
CBSSports.com ""You can take this to the bank so to speak," Jude LaCava told FoxSports 910, "the Suns are now discussing trade possibilities for Eric Bledsoe. The reality has kicked into the point that my sources are telling me that if they can accomodate Bledsoe and get something that they want in return, trade..." August 20
The Dream Shake "At this point in the off-season, most teams have shifted their focus from signing free agents towards in-house player evaluations, personnel hirings, and season planning. Some executives even go on vacation, getting away from the craziness that is NBA free agency. However, amidst all of this, one..." August 19
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Free-agent guard Leandro Barbosa, who currently is working with the Brazil national team in advance of the World Cup in hopes of showcasing his game for an NBA return, has drawn interest from the Heat. A source familiar with the situation said Barbosa is on the Heat's radar, but is one of..." August 19
Pro Basketball Talk "Through pretty much their entire basketball careers, Markieff Morris and twin brother Marcus Morris have been on the same team. Same youth teams, same Prep Charter high school in Philadelphia, then together in college at Kansas. They were selected back-to-back in the NBA draft in 2011, but a 2013..." August 18
Philly.com "Markieff and Marcus Morris smiled Saturday while they signed autographs at the Hunting Park Recreation Center in North Philadelphia. The twin forwards for the Phoenix Suns were sponsoring a back-to-school charity event, giving away 200 backpacks to students ages 5 to 15. The twins are happier..." August 17
CBSSports.com "After feeling disrespected by the Sacramento Kings, point guard Isaiah Thomas quickly decided on signing with a team in the same division. The Phoenix Suns acquired Thomas in a sign-and-trade with the Kings for the draft rights to Alex Oriahki and a $7 million trade exception. Thomas seems intent..." August 15
NBA.com "Phoenix Suns guard Isaiah Thomas today underwent a successful arthroscopy of his left wrist, the team has announced. He is expected to participate fully in the team’s training camp. The procedure was performed by Dr. Michelle Carlson at the Hospital for Special Surgeries in New York. " August 14
CBSSports.com "The NBA announced its 2014-2015 schedule Wednesday, and for the first time in seven years, LeBron James will not feature on its opening night. The season opens Tuesday, October 28th with the defending champion San Antonio Spurs raising their fifth banner before taking on the Dallas Mavericks...." August 13
Arizona Sports "The Phoenix Suns' standoff with restricted free-agent point guard Eric Bledsoe has carried on longer than many expected. But thanks to the inability of Bledsoe's agent to obtain an offer sheet from another team, Yahoo! NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski said the Suns remain in the better position at..." August 13
Arizona Republic "The Suns are open to having further contract negotiations with Eric Bledsoe. It sounds like Bledsoe and his representation are keeping that door closed. Six weeks into free agency, Suns Managing Partner Robert Sarver expressed how he still wants to sign Bledsoe to a long-term contract with..." August 12
RT @NBAPR: Suns F P.J. Tucker suspended three games without pay for pleading guilty to driving while under the extreme influence in Arizona.
Sporting News "The Phoenix Suns have not spoken to Eric Bledsoe in four months. They would like for that to change, but it appears that the door is closed at the moment. Suns owner Robert Sarver told Paul Coro of The Arizona Republic that the team still holds out hope of signing Bledsoe to a long-term..." August 12
Pro Basketball Talk "A report surfaced in the early days of free agency that the Pacers were trying to trade for Suns guard Goran Dragic, but that’s all we heard from the traditionally reliable sources. There was no mention of who Indiana was willing to part with, and the details remained undiscovered. But with..." August 11
Valley of the Suns "P.J. Tucker and the Phoenix Suns released statements in the wake of the forward’s May 10 DUI arrest in Scottsdale. According to documents provided by the team on Monday, Tucker pleaded guilty to super extreme DUI at a disposition hearing at Scottsdale City Court and will spend three days in jail..." August 05
Arizona Republic "Public opinion has not sided much with Eric Bledsoe's decision to turn down the Suns' four-year, $48 million offer in favor of empty hope for a maximum-level deal with Phoenix or another team. Opinions on Bledsoe's five weeks of free agency are drenched in bias. Suns fans might feel Bledsoe..." August 05
Basketball Insiders "As of today, point guard Eric Bledsoe—who is a restricted free agent—has yet to sign a new deal with the Phoenix Suns or receive an offer sheet from another team. He is arguably the most talented free agent available at this point in the offseason, but his restricted free-agent status has clearly..." August 03
Arizona Sports "Phoenix Suns majority owner Robert Sarver made an impromptu call into the Burns & Gambo show on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Friday evening to clear some of the air about the team's relationship with restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe. Phoenix reportedly offered the combo guard a four-year, $48..." August 02
CSN Northwest "Things aren’t looking good when it comes to negotiations between the Phoenix Suns and their restricted free agent star guard Eric Bledsoe. According to league sources, an “ominous development” has arisen with sides still “very far apart” in contract negotiations. It has even escalated to the..." July 30
Arizona Republic "Phoenix Suns player P.J. Tucker was arrested for "super extreme DUI" in May by Scottsdale police. Tucker's blood alcohol content registered at .201 on a preliminary breath test in the field on May 10, according to Scottsdale police. A driver is considered legally drunk for a DUI charge in..." July 29
NBC Philadelphia "NBA legend and former Philadelphia 76er Charles Barkley has offered to pay for the funerals of three young siblings killed after a carjacking went awry in the city last week, according to District Attorney Seth Williams. Ten-year-old Joseph Thomas Reed, his 15-year-old sister Keiearra Williams..." July 29
Eric Bledsoe made first public comment to Fox TV Birmingham-"Suns are using rules against me"
OFFICIAL: The Phoenix Suns have waived guard Dionte Christmas, the team announced today.
NBA.com "When Phoenix took T.J. Warren with the 14th overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft, they’d hoped what he’d done in college would carry over. All the evidence suggested he would. His sophomore year scoring (24.9 ppg) was backed up by efficiency (52.5 FG%). The manner in which he scored wasn’t the..." July 24
CBSSports.com "The Phoenix Suns recently executed a sign-and-trade for Isaiah Thomas from the Sacramento Kings. After starting 153 out of 216 games the last three seasons since being the last pick in the 2011 draft, Thomas wasn't really wanted by the Kings anymore. At least, he wasn't wanted for the price it was..." July 24
Bloomberg "The National Basketball Association players’ union spent about $5.42 million on the internal audit that resulted in the firing of Executive Director Billy Hunter, according to public records. The union spent $5,421,965 on matters pertaining to what it labeled NBPA Internal Review &..." July 23
Arizona Republic "After three weeks of free agency, the Suns have not signed Eric Bledsoe. But neither has anyone else. Bledsoe, a restricted free agent, is considered to be the best remaining player available in free agency but he has not signed an offer sheet from any NBA team. It is due to a combination of..." July 22
Yahoo! Sports "The NBA warned a touring group of its stars that they could face financial fines for participating in clinics in Manila, Philippines, that include short scrimmages and games of "H-O-R-S-E," league sources told Yahoo Sports. Several NBA stars, including Blake Griffin, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard..." July 22
Pro Basketball Talk "Eric Bledsoe remains the most attractive free agent still available, but the combination of his restricted status with the Suns and his desire to secure a max contract have scared teams away from coming at him hard with a realistic offer sheet. Phoenix has said repeatedly that the team will..." July 21
Hearing Suns may be considering a Greg Monroe offer. They have space to get both him and Bledsoe but would lose cap flexibility long-term.
Arizona Sports "The sports world was abuzz last week when LeBron James made it known that after four trips to the NBA Finals and two championships with the Miami Heat, he was going home to Cleveland to play for the Cavaliers once again. Even the most ardent critics of James and the move can see a shred of..." July 18
Sources: Suns offered Eric Bledsoe 4-year, $48 million contract. Bledsoe wants max of 5 years, $80 million. Sides far apart
Real GM Basketball "The Phoenix Suns will keep forward Shavlik Randolph past his contract guarantee date Thursday, his agent Joel Bell told RealGM. The Suns faced a decision on whether to fully guarantee Randolph's deal or release him on Thursday. Randolph played in the Chinese Basketball Association last..." July 17
ESPN.com "The future of one of the most talented free agents left on the market remains cloudy as Eric Bledsoe and the Phoenix Suns remain far apart in contract talks, according to sources close to the situation. Bledsoe's representatives have been engaged in discussions with Phoenix, but the Suns' offer..." July 17
SB Nation "The NBA Commissioner met with reporters on Tuesday in Las Vegas to discuss potential changes to the association. Adam Silver had some bold new ideas for the crowd of reporters waiting for him on Tuesday at the Las Vegas Summer League, including one that has several scratching their heads -- a..." July 16
Brew Hoop "The latest on Milwaukee's rumored interest in Phoenix Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe. Gery Woelfel talked about the pursuit on 1250 WSSP, calling it "a possibility" and saying he's more optimistic about it than he was two weeks ago. However, the big hang-up is that the Suns have apparently been..." July 16
Real GM Basketball "Free agent Anthony Tolliver has reached agreement on a two-year, $6 million contract with the Phoenix Suns, league sources told RealGM. His agent, Larry Fox, confirmed the deal on Tuesday night. On the first day of free agency, every NBA general manager received a hard copy 20-page..." July 16
The #Suns waived Ish Smith before his $985K salary became guaranteed tonight. No PG space. His play should help him find a seventh NBA home.
The Wall Street Journal "Could there be a better time for the NBA to be looking to negotiate a TV deal? The league just enjoyed a fantastic playoff season, capped off be a marquee Finals matchup. Then its biggest sports star, LeBron James, captivated millions across the globe with his intriguing free agency run that led..." July 15
Arizona Republic "What was supposed to be an important NBA Summer League for Suns center Alex Len is already over. Len broke his right pinky finger when it got caught in an opponent's jersey during his summer league debut Saturday night at Cox Pavilion. He will miss the rest of summer league play and have the..." July 13
Arizona Republic "En garde, NBA, for Suns guards. Since the Suns agreed to a four-year, $27 million sign-and-trade acquisition of Isaiah Thomas that was finalized Saturday, onlookers have been trying to figure out how point guards Eric Bledsoe, Goran Dragic and Tyler Ennis will figure into the Suns..." July 13
Suns and Kings are finalizing a sign-and-trade deal on a four-year, $27M contract for Isaiah Thomas, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
FA guard Anthony Morrow still considering the Clippers, Heat, Wizards, Raptors and Suns, per source. All willing to use some portion of MLE.
League sources also say stars now align in post-decision world for Luol Deng to land in Phoenix. Several teams still in mix.