Welcome to your Phoenix Suns weekly roundup.
At 9:01 a.m. AZ time on Wednesday, July 6, the free agency moratorium period ends and teams can officially begin signing/extending players and completing trades. Will the Suns have all of their offseason business locked up and ready for final signings by then? Not likely.
A few free agent signings actually don’t have to wait. Newcomers Damion Lee and Josh Okogie have already been signed as minimum vets, rookie contracts and two-way contract signings are exempt from the moratorium no-signing rule. The re-signing of Bismack Biyombo will likely happen quickly and the Jock Landale trade is one rubber stamp away from being official.
Working out a possible trade for Kevin Durant as well as a potential signing and trade deal for Deandre Ayton will likely take longer to iron out all the details. And there’s always the possibility that a team could suddenly step in and give DA an offer. The two-day period to match a signed RFA offer sheet during the moratorium only begins then, so it doesn’t matter if an offer sheet comes now or Wednesday morning. The details of either of those things could be ironed out later today or could take weeks … although it’s in neither the Suns’ nor the Nets’ best interests to let them hang around too. long time. The real problem could be finding a third team to be part of the deal if Phoenix and Brooklyn can’t come to a mutually acceptable deal.
And of course, there’s always the possibility that a deal for KD will eventually fall apart and the Suns will have to pivot in another direction. It’s also possible that the Suns can’t find a sign and trading partner for Ayton or that DA doesn’t like the destination/deal and declines the trade (which is his right in an S&T situation). There are so many possible scenarios and variant scenarios that I won’t try to list them all.
Make no mistake judging the small signings/trades the Suns have already made. Lee, Okogie and Landale are bench players brought in (or fired) to fill out the roster, not major rotational pieces. Biyombo will likely be the only rotational player in the squad and as a great substitute. Who will start at 5 if DA is traded? Your guess is as good as mine because we have no idea who the Suns would get back in exchange for DA … or if Ayton will end up being traded.
In other news, the Las Vegas NBA Summer League begins this Thursday with the Summer League Suns playing two games this weekend on Friday (against the Lakers) and Sunday (against the Wizards). Late yesterday, they finally announced their Summer League minicamp roster:
- Brancou Badio6′ 3″ Guard (Senegal)
- Vrenz Bleijenbergh6′ 10″ SF (Belgium)
- Tyson Carter6′ 4″ SG (Mississippi State)
- Ahmed Carver6′ 2″ PG (Old Dominion)
- jehyve floyd6′ 8″ C (Holy Cross)
- Karim Jallow6′ 6″ SG/SF (Germany)
- Louis King6′ 8″ SF (Oregon)
- Jo Lual-Acuil Jr, 6′ 11″ C (Baylor)
- Markis McDuffie6′ 8″ SF (Wichita State)
- Leonard Meindl6′ 7″ SF (Brazil)
- Asbjørn Midtgaard7′ 0” C (Grand Canyon)
- Duop Reath6′ 11″ PF/C (LSU)
- Olivier Sarre7′ 0” C (Kentucky)
- Kameron Taylor6′ 6″ SG/SF (Seton Hall)
- Dejan Vasiljevic6′ 3″ SG (Miami)
- Ish Wainright6′ 6″ SF (Baylor)
- McKinley Wright IV5′ 11″ PG (Colorado)
- Kevin Zhang6′ 10″ PF (Tulane)
It was announced earlier that Gabriel “Iffe” Lundberg, who the Suns signed to a two-way contract last season, would join the team this summer, but his name was not on the list of minicamps published by the Suns. Ish Wainright will play straight away in Africa for Uganda in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Qualifiers where he averaged 19.5 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists at SF.
Happy 4th of July! Hoping that’s not the only reason for today’s fireworks.
2021-22 Season Highlights
SPURS at SUNS | FULL GAME HIGHLIGHTS | December 6, 2021
CELTICS to SUNS | FULL GAME HIGHLIGHTS | December 10, 2021
SUN at TRAIL BLAZERS | FULL GAME HIGHLIGHTS | December 14, 2021
quote of the week
“It’s amazing man. Going to camps when I was a kid is just awesome. To be in my position right now and doing the same for kids is amazing. – Mikal Bridges during his first youth basketball camp
News and notes
The Nets are reportedly looking for a “historic haul” in potential trade deals for Kevin Durant. Audacity
Kevin Durant’s viral tweet amid trade rumours. quick break
RUMOR: The real reason Kevin Durant wants to play for the Suns. Clutch points
ESPN NBA insider Brian Windhorst predicts Kevin Durant will land with the Suns. Flayer
Two Eastern Conference teams potentially targeting Jae Crowder. Flayer
As the Suns deal in free agency, Mikal Bridges delivers for young basketball campers. Cronkite News
NBA Free Agents 2022. Hoops Rumors
The NBA salary cap is set to increase by nearly $12 million. Flayer
This Week in Suns History & Suns Trivia
On July 5, 1988, the Phoenix Suns officially signed power forward Tom Chambers, formerly of the Seattle Supersonics, to a 5-year, $9 million contract. It was the first unrestricted free agent signing in NBA history.
On July 7, 1982, the Suns traded PF Truck Robinson for PF Maurice Lucas of the NY Knicks. Truck had been with Phoenix for three seasons averaging 18.4 points and 9.6 rebounds as a Sun, but struggled in the 1982 NBA playoffs and criticized head coach John MacLeod for his lack of minutes.
How Maurice Lucas found out he was traded to Phoenix
The Enforcers: Maurice Lucas, Charles Barkley, Rick Mahorn Interview
On July 7, 2016, the Suns signed rookie draft picks Dragan Bender (4th), Marquese Chriss (8th), and Tyler Ulis (34th) to multi-year contracts. Despite high hopes for lottery picks Bender and Chriss, none of the three stayed with the team beyond their rookie contracts and only Chriss still plays in the NBA.
On July 8, 2010, after contract talks stalled, the Suns reached a sign-and-trade deal that sent five-time All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire to the New York Knicks for a 2nd-round draft pick in 2012 (which was not forwarded) and a traded player exception. In a separate but related deal, they also traded a 2011 2nd round draft pick to the Chicago Bulls for Hakim Warrick. Nicknamed “Amare-lite” by some, Warrick would prove to be only “lite” with the Suns. He will eventually leave the NBA and play abroad from 2013.
On July 10, 2013, in a 3-team trade, the Suns traded a 2014 2nd round pick to the Milwaukee Bucks and Jared Dudley to the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers traded a 2016 2nd round draft pick to the Bucks and traded Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler to the Phoenix Suns. The Milwaukee Bucks have traded JJ Redick to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Shortly before the start of training camp, Butler would be traded by the Suns to the Milwaukee Bucks for Ish Smith and Slava Kravtsov. The only time he would wear a Suns uniform would be during a pre-season unveiling of the team’s new uniforms 2 weeks before the trade.
Highlights of Classic Suns
Throwback: Amar’e Stoudemire 42 Points Full Highlights vs. Lakers – 2010 WCF G3
Eric Bledsoe Full Highlights vs. Kings (2013.12.13) – 28 Pts, 8 Assists, 2 Blks, Career-High
Week Ahead Preview – NBA Summer League Games!
Friday July 8 – Suns vs. Lakers 7:00 p.m. AZT (ESPN2)
Sunday, July 10 – Suns vs. Wizards 2:30pp AZT (NBATV)
No predictions! Hopefully the games will be fun to watch.
Important future dates
July 7-17 – NBA Summer League (Las Vegas)
- tuesday july 12 – Suns vs. Mavericks 7:00 p.m. AZT (ESPN2)
- friday july 15 – Suns vs. Kings, 5:00 p.m. AZT (NBATV)
- (A fifth and final game to be determined on the 16th or 17th.)
July 13 – Last day for teams to unilaterally withdraw qualifying offers to restricted free agents.
August ? – Regular season schedules should be published.
August 31 – Last day for teams to waive players and apply the stretch provision to their 2022/23 salaries.
September 5 – Last day for teams to issue required offers to unsigned second-round picks; these players become free agents on September 6 if they are not offered.
End of September (exact dates to be determined) – Opening of the training camps.
October 22 – The regular season begins.
February 17-19 – 2023 NBA All-Star Weekend/All-Star Game (Salt Lake City, UT)