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 Suns.com.
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.