Two weeks and two incidents later, one thing is becoming clear about this summer. The Phoenix Suns need to stay out of Miami.
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. What happens in South Beach, brings bad publicity to the Phoenix Suns.
The franchise is trying to change their culture in a positive manner. These last couple weeks, two separate negative incidents in Miami have not helped with that.
Josh Jackson was arrested May 13 on charges of escape and resisting arrest after running away from the police in handcuffs while detained at a music festival where he kept entering the VIP section without a pass.
He’s accused of having a joint that was “hot and smoldering in a cupholder” next to him. Police say the car that Holmes was a backseat passenger in “had smoke that smelled like burnt marijuana rolling out of the open window for over 20 seconds.”
Holmes denied possession but both he and another passenger were both arrested for the joint.
Jackson is still a member of the team, though he’s been disappointing to say the least.
Holmes averaged 8.2 points and 4.7 rebounds per game this past season as the Suns backup center. After being acquired in a trade from Philly for cash, he was a big surprise and did very well in purple and orange.
He’s a free agent this summer. So, the good news for Phoenix in that respect, is if they plan on re-signing him, he likely just got cheaper.
Bad things are happening in South Florida for the young Suns and the wisest move to make is to get out of Miami.
The last thing we need is to hear about another incident. I sure hope the two faces of the franchise (Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton) are not there. If they are, the team needs to start a rescue mission and just get them out of there.
The culture will change for the better, especially with the hiring of new head coach Monty Williams. However, this is not a good start and the Phoenix Suns need to stay out of Miami.