Wolves-Suns rumored in draft trade, Alvin Gentry joins Clips

The Phoenix Suns might have been offered a draft package from the Minnesota Timberwolves, who are looking to move up from their No. 9 pick in order to draft Victor Oladipo or Ben McLemore. ESPN’s Marc Stein reported the Suns were one of three teams — the Magic and their second pick and the Bobcats at fourth being the others — offered Timberwolves forward Derrick Williams along with the No. 9 and No. 26 picks in exchange for their first-round selection.

Minnesota has long been interested in moving Williams, the second overall pick in 2011 who has merely shown flashes of his supposed potential. Such a deal makes little sense for the Suns unless they’re turned off by the choice at No. 5 and believe picking ninth wouldn’t be a significant dropoff in terms of the 2013 prospects’ longterm potentials. Additionally, the Suns are already stacked with less-than-efficient combo forwards.

It would, however, give Phoenix another opportunity to swing for the fences at 26, in addition to their 30th pick.

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Former Suns coach Alvin Gentry has reached an agreement to join Doc Rivers’ staff with the Los Angeles Clippers. Originally reported by Paul Coro, Gentry brings even more credibility to the Clippers and for its ego-filled roster.

Not only does Gentry bring past experience to the Clippers but the knowledge to handle an offense that — you’d think — will feature heavy doses of pick-and-roll action between Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. Gentry did pretty well with Steve Nash and Amare Stoudemire, after all.

Moreover, Gentry agreeing to return to the Clippers says something about the direction of the Suns’ Pacific Division foes. After coaching there from 2000-03, it’s safe to say Gentry is familiar with the organization from an operational standpoint. For him to return means that the franchise is on the uptick.

ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reports Gentry was indeed among a shortlist of head coaching candidates early in the process to replace fired coach Vinny Del Negro. Gentry was also in the running for the Charlotte and Memphis openings, but ultimately turned down an assistant job with the Los Angeles Lakers to join Rivers’ staff.

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Phoenix extended the contracts to Aaron Nelson, the VP of athlete care and head athletic trainer, and head strength and conditioning coach and assistant athletic trainer Mike Elliott on Wednesday.

“We are delighted to enter into multi-year agreements with Aaron and Mike,” said Suns president of basketball operations Lon Babby in a team release. “The Suns’ training and medical staff has been justly recognized not only among the very best in the NBA, but in all of professional sports. Their innovative approach to athlete care and performance recovery is world class.”

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The Suns also formally released their new logos. Check them out at Suns.com and let us know what you think.

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