The Suns have secured participation from rookie Casey Prather and veteran Earl Barron in their training camp that begins Sept. 30 in Flagstaff, according to The Arizona Republic’s Paul Coro. While Phoenix has 13 players under contract for next season and the ability to carry 15 players into the regular season, they can take up to 20 players to preseason camp.
Prather, a rookie who was a late bloomer at Florida, faces long odds to make the team as a 6’6, 212 pound swingman who would play behind a deep rotation of guards and small forwards. He averaged 13.8 points, five boards and 1.6 assists while shooting an incredibly efficient 60 percent from the floor in his senior season with the Gators. Prior to the 2013-14 season, Prather never averaged more than the 6.2 points and 3.7 rebounds in his junior year.
Barron should be a familiar name for diehard Suns fans. The 33-year-old spent time with the club during the 2010-11 season. He could have a decent shot of filling out a roster that is young at the center spot. The 7′ big man out of Memphis has spent time with Phoenix, Golden State, New York, Milwaukee, Miami, Portland and Washington.
As numbers games go, the Suns have now secured 15 players to participate in camp, helping them run out five-man units in preparation for the season. If Eric Bledsoe doesn’t end up on the roster, Phoenix has prepared to practice without him.