Suns sign Ronnie Price after waiving Zabian Dowdell

Editor’s Note: Kevin Zimmerman is the final edition to ValleyoftheSuns’ staff this season.

The Phoenix Suns announced they signed point guard Ronnie Price on Tuesday after dismissing injured point guard Zabian Dowdell.

Dowdell, who was sitting out of camp practices due to a knee injury, would have been competing with recently-signed Sebastian Telfair for the back-up point guard duties. The 27-year-old leaves Phoenix with averages of 5.0 points and 2.1 assists per game through a productive 24 games with the Suns last season.

Price, who was with the Utah Jazz the past four seasons, is a 6-foot-2, 190-pound product out of Utah Valley. The six-year pro also played with the Sacramento Kings from 2005-07, and at 28, provides another option at point guard with the season set to begin in less than two weeks.

“It’s a chance to be with an organization that I’ve always looked up to and wanted to be a part of,” Price told

The switch-up at point was likely due to the quick turnaround from training camp to the start of a shortened season. As Paul Coro reported, the Suns showed interest in Price before signing Telfair and with an aging Steve Nash on the roster, the team needed insurance for its point guard situation.

That’s where Price comes in.

He has played in 319 NBA games, and that experience will come in handy should an injury to Nash or Telfair occur.

As reported by Michael Schwartz yesterday, Telfair has been impressing Suns head coach Alvin Gentry thus far, and it appears that the Brooklyn native should be a lock for Nash’s backup at point.

Phoenix wasn’t done filling out its camp roster.

The Suns have finally carved out their 17-person team with the addition of Marcus Landry, a 6-foot-7, 225-pound forward from Wisconsin. In his second season, Landry has played for the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics, and should add some youthful energy inside for the Suns in their brief training camp workouts.

With the Reno Bighorns of the D-League, Landry, 26, averaged 17.6 points and 4.4 rebounds this past season.

He is also the brother of New Orleans Hornets forward Carl Landry.


Tags: Ronnie Price Zabian Dowdell

  • Mel.

    Seems like swapping out five pennies for a nickel, but… so it goes. Thanks for the gutty play and doing what you could last year, Z.

  • shawn

    Wow that puts it perfectly @mel

  • steve

    I don’t like this move. So much turnover from year to year isn’t a good thing. I won’t pretend that Dowdell could ever have even been a starter, but he was familiar with the guys, and I think people trusted him. He showed that he could spell Nash for 10 minutes a game effectively enough, and he only seemed to get better as the season rolled on. Now we’re starting over again.

    I think we would do well to hold onto our players every now and then instead of completely revamping the roster every single year so that half of the team has never worn a PHX uni.

  • Jeremy

    Steve – For the first time, we actually HAVE kept the team intact from the previos year… Phoenix wanted to have PG depth and with Z not ready to go, they figured they needed to act quickly. I think Telfair can duplicate exactly what Dowdell did last year, so it’s not like Z would’ve played a major role if he wasn’t released… If he doesn’t get hurt, he competes for the backup PG gig, but unfortunately he did and that’s just how things work…

  • steve

    You’re right that the vast majority of the team is in tact, and the albatross (*cough* VC *cough*) has been cast aside, but I couldn’t help but feel that Zabian was the type of catalyst a second unit really needs. From a statistical standpoint, he was obviously nothing special (although I would bet his numbers got significantly better as he got more and more familiar with the league). But the second unit is often more about hustle, determination, spirit, etc, than pure statistical dominance. Guys like Lou Amundson have no place in the NBA from a statistical standpoint, but those types of players are necessary catalysts from the bench.

    It’s not like I think this kills the team or anything, but it’s just a bummer that two guys we seemed to be sticking with through “thick and thin” (Zabian and Gani) were abandoned before they really got to prove themselves. Maybe Zabian’s knee is worse than we really know. I just really have a hard time believing management actually thinks Ronnie Price is a better fit than Zabian Dowdell.

  • Scott

    @steve -

    I suspect the Suns decided to part ways with Dowdell and Lawal because Blanks has decided to go with veteran retreads on short contracts rather than marginal developmental players. If so, Siler could be the next to go.

  • abel

    siler? i think he will be a big suprise didnt he and marcin come back from training with the dream this past offseason?

  • Colin

    Who is this new guy, Zimmerman? This guy sounds like a huge dickhole! Where’d you get him?