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No Trevor Ariza means it’s Dragan Bender’s time with the Phoenix Suns

By all intents and purposes, Trevor Ariza’s days with the Phoenix Suns appear to be numbered. If this is so, then Dragan Bender has one last chance to prove he belongs in the NBA, and he must take advantage. The Trevor Ariza/Phoenix Suns experiment was a failure. Without a point guard, Ariza is not getting […] No Trevor Ariza means it’s Dragan Bender’s time with the Phoenix Suns - Valley of the Suns - Valley of the Suns - A Phoenix Suns Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Bright Side Of The Sun Nov 12, 2018
Solar Panel: 99 pods of Suns on the wall and we’re still talking effort and rotations

Solar Panel: 99 pods of Suns on the wall and we’re still talking effort and rotations

Looking back on it, episode 99 of the Solar Panel is basically covering the same team as episode 1 Welcome back to the Solar Panel! Greg, Dave and Tim go through all the latest on the Phoenix Suns, including The corner three — can the Suns’ awfulness continue in that area? Should James Jones be fired over “doing a solid” for LeBron James with Tyson Chandler? Can effort be coached? a heated debate over Igor Kokoskov’s rotations Is the current iteration of Deandre Ayton a positive, or a negative? and finally, should Dragan Bender be getting Ryan Anderson’s minutes? Listen...
Locked On Suns Wednesday: Tyson Chandler out, Dragan Bender could follow him, and point guard news

Locked On Suns Wednesday: Tyson Chandler out, Dragan Bender could follow him, and point guard news

We run through the latest surrounding the Suns’ ever-changing roster. On today’s episode, we quickly update everyone on the latest Suns’ transaction news, from Tyson Chandler’s buyout to Dragan Bender’s declined option to a few updates with regard to a point guard trade. Chandler gave back the $2.1 million he will make with the Lakers. What will Richaun Holmes do in his place? Bender just wasn’t worth his contract anymore, but could he be back in 2019 regardless? Finally, the latest in the never-ending Terry Rozier and John Wall saga. Subscribe, rate and review on Apple...
Valley of the Suns Nov 4, 2018

The Suns and their draft selection problem over the years

For most of the decade, the Phoenix Suns have missed more than they have hit on lottery draft selections. They quietly have one of the mediocre draft records among NBA franchises in the league and the latest news of Dragan Bender and Marquese Chriss each getting their fourth-year options declined is a reminder of that […] The Suns and their draft selection problem over the years - Valley of the Suns - Valley of the Suns - A Phoenix Suns Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Escape From Bender Island

Escape From Bender Island

In this Week’s #BSOfTheSuns Espo Examines Dragan Bender’s Legacy It’s official. Bender Island has been vacated. The For Sale sign is up and even good friend of the column Rhett Reese has reportedly been seen searching for a new place for his fanhood to call home. While there is still six months left in our grand Croatian vacation, for all intents and purposes, it came to an end Monday. That’s because the Phoenix Suns have declined their fourth year option on former No. 4 pick, and power-less forward, Dragan Bender. But how did we get here? How did the former lottery pick fall so...
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Phoenix Suns declining to pick up Dragan Bender's fourth-year option not surprising

Phoenix Suns declining to pick up Dragan Bender's fourth-year option not surprising

In reviewing the latest part of Dragan Benders time in the NBA, the Phoenix Suns declining their fourth-year option on him shouldnt be a surprise.         
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2018 Phoenix Suns training camp: Igor Kokoskov defines Dragan Bender's role this season

2018 Phoenix Suns training camp: Igor Kokoskov defines Dragan Bender's role this season

During training camp, first-year NBA head coach Igor Kokoskov breaks down 7-footer Dragan Benders role for the 2018-19 season.         
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2018 Phoenix Suns training camp: Dragan Bender's goals

2018 Phoenix Suns training camp: Dragan Bender's goals

Dragan Bender, the fourth overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft, talks about his personal goals going into the 2018-19 season.         
ClutchPoints Oct 30, 2018
Suns decline 4th-year option on Dragan Bender; he responds

Suns decline 4th-year option on Dragan Bender; he responds

The Phoenix Suns appear to be preparing to move on from Dragan Bender — the fourth overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. Bender has been a bust through his first two seasons and has failed to crack the Phoenix rotation this season. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Suns will not pick up […] The post Suns decline 4th-year option on Dragan Bender; he responds appeared first on ClutchPoints.
Valley of the Suns Oct 30, 2018

Dragan Bender’s contract not picked up is significant for the Phoenix Suns

It was announced on Tuesday October 30 that the Phoenix Suns would not be picking up Dragan Bender’s fourth-year option for next season. This news is significant for one specific reason. When Robert Sarver hired Ryan McDonough as General Manager in 2013, we were told that the former Boston Celtics executive was particularly good at […] Dragan Bender’s contract not picked up is significant for the Phoenix Suns - Valley of the Suns - Valley of the Suns - A Phoenix Suns Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Bright Side Of The Sun Oct 30, 2018
Report: Suns decline fourth-year option on Dragan Bender

Report: Suns decline fourth-year option on Dragan Bender

Bender’s lack of development tops off one of the worst draft classes by any franchise in NBA history — seriously. After noticing a true lack of progress out of Dragan Bender during Las Vegas Summer League and preseason action, the writing was on the wall he wasn’t long for the Suns’ roster. Phoenix had to decide on whether or not to take the fourth season of Bender’s by Oct. 31. Well, we finally know the decision, via ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Bender’s fourth-year team option has been declined, officially closing the book on the 2016 draft class that also included Marquese...
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Suns coach Igor Kokoskov says Dragan Bender needs to stay ready

Suns coach Igor Kokoskov says Dragan Bender needs to stay ready

Suns coach Igor Kokoskov talks about 7-footer Dragan Bender, the former fourth overall pick who has played a total of 10 minutes in three games.         
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Phoenix Suns decline fourth-year option for Dragan Bender

Phoenix Suns decline fourth-year option for Dragan Bender

Bender was the No. 4 overall pick by the Suns in the 2016 NBA Draft.         
Bright Side Of The Sun Oct 21, 2018
What the power forward rotation tells us about the Suns’ progress

What the power forward rotation tells us about the Suns’ progress

It’s no longer Bender vs. Chriss, but a deep group of talented young guys flourishing under the new coaching staff. With four new starters and only five holdovers on the roster from the end of last season, one of the biggest things to watch for the Suns through two games -- and for the next several weeks -- is how minutes are awarded and which guys seize the opportunity. But with veteran stalwart Ryan Anderson, a career 38 percent shooter from deep who started 50 games for the 65-win Houston Rockets last season, coming in and 2016 No. 4 overall pick Dragan Bender seemingly in line behind...

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