Entries from June 2011

Mickael Pietrus picks up option, becomes $5.3 million expiring contract

June 14th, 2011 · 15 Comments

Knowing he likely would not get a better offer in free agency, Mickael Pietrus picked up his $5.3 million option for 2011-12 on Monday. This has been widely expected since the Suns acquired Pietrus in their blockbuster trade with Orlando in December considering how much salaries are likely to be depressed this offseason, meaning Pietrus’ […]

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Congratulations to Shawn Marion and the start of a long, long summer

June 12th, 2011 · 8 Comments

As Mark Cuban and Dirk Nowitzki celebrate deliriously, it’s time for us to face the unfortunate fact that it could be some time before we see another NBA game. Come July 1, the NBA will lock its players out and it’s anybody’s guess when play will resume. The owners and players are far apart as […]

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Tags: Amare Stoudemire · Dallas Mavericks · Miami Heat · Phoenix Suns

Jordan Hamilton one of few wings Phoenix Suns should consider in 2011 NBA Draft

June 12th, 2011 · 3 Comments

After Alvin Gentry and Lance Blanks spoke to the media following Thursday’s draft workouts it became clear that it’s going to take a lot for the Phoenix Suns to select a wing 13th overall. Blanks emphasized Phoenix’s obvious need for a big man, while Gentry said, “He would have to be a really, really good wing because I […]

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Alvin Gentry: ‘We need that go-to guy’

June 11th, 2011 · 14 Comments

PHOENIX — When the Phoenix Suns lost Amare Stoudemire in free agency and Jason Richardson to a trade, the offensive burden on Steve Nash became unbearable. The Suns slipped from their perennial spot atop the offensive efficiency rankings all the way down to ninth, and they lacked a player Nash could just throw it to […]

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Lance Blanks: ‘Up front we need to get better’

June 10th, 2011 · 11 Comments

PHOENIX — Lance Blanks did not give away many secrets in his first media availability in advance of the June 23 NBA Draft. As Blanks put it, would Alvin Gentry publicly discuss his last play call to finish a game? But the Suns’ general manager did reiterate two of the Suns’ biggest needs that may […]

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Markieff Morris under the microscope

June 8th, 2011 · 10 Comments

For the last three years, Markieff Morris earned the label as the lesser Kansas twin (the Phoenix Suns know all about that — see Robin Lopez, Taylor Griffin). He never scored as many points, played as many minutes or earned as many accolades as his twin brother Marcus Morris. Marcus averaged 17.2 points per game […]

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