Oct 17, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Phoenix Suns guard P.J. Tucker (17) and Dallas Mavericks center Bernard James (5) and forward Ike Diogu (50) fight for the ball during the fourth quarter at the American Airlines Center. The Suns defeated the Mavericks 100-94. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE

Suns Cut Diogu & Jones. Keep Garret & Zeller

Oct. 12, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Ike Diogu (50) goes to shoot against the Portland Trail Blazers during the second half at US Airways Center. The Suns defeated the Trail Blazers 104-93. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE

The Phoenix Suns severed ties with Solomon Jones and Ike Diogu earlier today trimming their roster down to 15 players as they prepare to play in their final preseason game against the Denver Nuggets on Friday night.

Once again I can’t help but question the Suns front office decision making. The Suns brought in Diante Garret, Ike Diogu, Solomon Jones, Luke Zeller, and Othyus Jeffers as players that were to be on the team’s training camp/preseason roster.

Jeffers was cut first a little over a week ago, and the Suns front office decided to keep Garret and Zeller over Diogu and Jones; what a foolish decision. As we all know the Suns already have 3 point guards, Goran Dragic, Kendall Marshall and Sebastian Telfair. Marshall is already going to be a benchwarmer until he overtakes Telfair at some point so what’s the point of adding a 4th point guard in Diante Garret? Make sense to anybody?

Then comes the Luke Zeller situation. This one I can defend the Suns just a little because Zeller is a fine shooter from outside and can play the role of Channing Frye if needed, but the Suns already have Markieff Morris for the role as the “Stretch four”. Not to mention Luis Scola, who although doesn’t have three point range, but does have a great shooting touch out to about 20 feet away from the rim.

So why in the world would they cut Diogu and Jones over Garret and Zeller? I don’t know, I really don’t; there’s no logical explanation whatsoever. The Suns have two centers on their roster right now(e, Marcin Gortat and a highly injury prone Jermaine O’Neal. So at this point should O’Neal get hurt, Zeller will be his back-up. Diante Garret will most likely spend his time with the Suns as a benchwarmer since he’s the 4th string point guard.

Oct 19, 2011; Tulsa, OK, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Luke Zeller (40) takes a shot over Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) during the first half of a preseason game at the BOK Center. Mandatory Credit: Beth Hall-US PRESSWIRE

I believe the Suns decision to let go of Ike Diogu was a big mistake. The parting with Solomon Jones could be justified but that’s absolutely not the case when it comes to Diogu. Diogu played very well at the Olympics this past summer and played well during preseason when he actually got a chance to play.

If any of you are curious, Ike Diogu is averaging 5.7 points and 4.3 rebounds a game in 3 games during preseason despite only averaging about 9 minutes played per contest. It’s completely befuddling on as to why the Suns let go of Diogu, but hey the Suns front office has been making great decisions since day one so who are we to question them(Sarcasm). But congratulations out to Luke Zeller and Diante Garret for making the 2012-2013 Suns squad!

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