As the NBA Finals near the end, the Phoenix Suns are focused on a multitude of offseason questions. From the draft to free agency and Amare Stoudemire, the Suns have their work cut out for them. As the dominoes prepare to fall, here’s what’s happening around Planet Orange…
- The Suns worked out potential draft picks Friday as they prepare to make selections No. 46 and 60 in the June 24 draft. Paul Coro of The Arizona Republic had the report on who the Suns brought in: “The Suns looked at four combo guards, who probably would need to be pro point guards, and two lean big men. Alabama guard Mikhail Torrance’s size (6 feet 5 and 210 pounds) and play-making make him the group’s star, but he could rise out of the Suns’ range.”
- Coro also heard from Stoudemire last week at his basketball camp in Gilbert. Just days after making it clear that he would not exercise his player option for 2010-2011 and would seek a maximum contract, Stoudemire expressed his desire to return to Phoenix and said he remains loyal to the Suns: “Even if he gets to free agency, Stoudemire said he would give the Suns a chance to counter any offer he would receive.”
- Using a school project analogy to illustrate his point, Matt Petersen of Fanster.com wonders if the Suns might consider scrapping their core and starting over: “They’ve been retooling for half a decade now. It’s been easy, because mitigating factors have come along every year, convincing them to give it another shot. Injuries, suspensions, trades, all the bumps in the road have let Phoenix tell itself, ‘Well, we haven’t really seen what we can do barring some freak occurrence, so let’s give it another go.'”
- Tony Gallagher of The Vancouver Sun seems to believe (as so many people do) that Stoudemire won’t be playing alongside Steve Nash next season: “Nash has faced these situations before, in that many thought his magic show would end when he couldn’t dish the ball to Shawn Marion or they lost the three-point shooting of Raja Bell. But Stoudemire’s decision determines the degree to which Nash will be allowed to compete for the big prize as his career winds down. And that has to have Nash checking his Blackberry regularly.”
- In ranking his five players most likely to coach in the NBA, Dime Magazine‘s Daniel Marks included the Suns’ Grant Hill: “He has rebounded nicely with the Suns for the past few seasons, and his second career and time off have made him wiser and more appreciative of the game.”
- In addition to its annual mock draft, NBADraft.net has analyzed team needs by division and Adam Ganeles wrote about the Suns’ concerns of potential free agency losses and who they might select to soften that blow.
- While visiting ESPN headquarters last week to debate Skip Bayless on “First Take,” Jared Dudley spoke with Page 2 about his affinity for Twitter and how an incident this season has made him more careful about what he says on his Twitter account.