12:54 AM EDT, Thu June 21, 2018
2 hours ago
Deandre Ayton offers refreshing perspective when asked about his NBA goals

Deandre Ayton offers refreshing perspective when asked about his NBA goals

Some Suns fans are unhappy, though. Many Phoenix Suns fans across social media bristled on Wednesday when the probable number one pick in this week’s NBA Draft, Deandre Ayton, gave an honest answer regarding one of his goals as he starts his new job this summer. Likely No. 1 pick Deandre Ayton on what he would consider a success in the NBA: “Definitely getting to that second contract. That’s my success.”— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) June 20, 2018 “Definitely getting to that second contract. That’s my success.” It’s a bitter pill for some that Ayton’s answer...
8 hours ago
Locked On Suns Wednesday: Previewing the draft with a Twitter mailbag

Locked On Suns Wednesday: Previewing the draft with a Twitter mailbag

We try one final time to make sense of all these draft rumors heading into Thursday’s grand finale. On today’s episode, we dove into the mailbag on Twitter and came out with several great questions from listeners about Thursday’s NBA Draft. Conversation ranged from trade possibilities at No. 4 or No. 12 to get a guard such as Luka Doncic or Trae Young, to other options such as Michael Porter and Aaron Holiday. It seems like the Suns will be right in the thick of things on draft night, and we could see some fireworks at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Subscribe on iTunes here, or listen...
10 hours ago
5x5 Roundtable on the 2018 NBA Draft: How important is this for the Phoenix Suns?

5x5 Roundtable on the 2018 NBA Draft: How important is this for the Phoenix Suns?

How important is Thursday for Ryan McDonough’s executive career? We tackled that, and much more. We are now one day out from the 2018 NBA Draft, arguably one of the most important days in Phoenix’s franchise history as they own picks Nos. 1, 16, 31 and 59. Not only will the Suns add their likely third pillar in Deandre Ayton, but General Manager Ryan McDonough is set up with plenty of assets to stay true to his word about them being aggressive all throughout this summer. It’s been awhile, but lets bring back the 5-on-5 roundtable for this historic occasion. I invited on Max McCauley...
13 hours ago
Polish Hammer back to Phoenix?!

Polish Hammer back to Phoenix?!

Rumors are flying. Here it’s Gortat back to Phoenix as part of pick swap. Every General Manager is talking to his counterparts with every other team, and all their assistant GMs are talking to each other too. That’s a lot of talk. A lot of talk that never goes beyond talk. But before they die, some of those talks get leaked to media to send the internets into a frenzy. Today’s frenzy is a rumor that the Suns have some kind of interest in engaging the Washington Wizards on the 15th pick and Marcin Gortat, according to Ben Standig of The Sports Capitol. The Wizards are interested in...
Jun 19, 2018
Locked On Suns Tuesday: 2018 NBA Mock Draft, Part 2

Locked On Suns Tuesday: 2018 NBA Mock Draft, Part 2

We dissect picks 16-31, including a surprise trade by the Suns to finish things off. On today’s episode, we finish up our 2018 NBA Mock Draft with picks 16-31, which includes a Suns selection as well as a trade of the No. 31 pick. Listen in to find out how things line up for the Suns. Elsewhere, Washington capitalizes on a trade in part one to come away with two first-round rookies to bolster their expensive roster. In addition, the Celtics, Sixers and Warriors grab guys they hope will provide depth for their championship contenders. Listen to this episode below! Follow on...
Jun 19, 2018
Doncic probably won’t go #1, but should he?

Doncic probably won’t go #1, but should he?

Luka still has support from some well known draft authorities. DeAndre Ayton is probably going to go #1 to the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night. Any other outcome would be pretty surprising. Ever since the Suns held Ayton’s coronation press conference and GM Ryan McDonough was grinning like a guy who just got dealt a royal flush at a poker table... the writing has been on the wall. Which is fine. Ayton is an outstanding prospect, easily the best one at the top of the draft since Karl-Anthony Towns in 2015. It wasn’t always a given. Ayton has built momentum coming down the stretch. Not too...
Jun 19, 2018
Bright Side settles on Collin Sexton at #16 in annual SB Nation Mock Draft

Bright Side settles on Collin Sexton at #16 in annual SB Nation Mock Draft

When trade options fell through, the Suns happily settled on another top-10 talent in Sexton After taking Deandre Ayton #1 overall, I went to work trying to acquire a great point guard. I really didn’t want to bring yet another 19 year old onto the team at this poing, preferring to find someone who can bring maturity and moxie to the point guard position to run this team of 22-and-under gazelles. I had visions of Steve Nash’s arrival in 2004, and thought the right pure point guard could guide the team into the next era. No Wall, Dragic or Lowry Unfortunately, none of the bloggers for...
Jun 19, 2018
Bright Side takes Ayton at #1 in annual SB Nation Mock Draft

Bright Side takes Ayton at #1 in annual SB Nation Mock Draft

We took Ayton, while Sacramento snagged Luka Doncic In the annual SB Nation Mock Draft, I selected Arizona’a Deandre Ayton #1 overall on behalf of the Phoenix Suns and Bright Side. The 7’1”, 260 pound Ayton, with crazy athleticism and super high production (20 points, 12 rebounds, 2 blocks per game playing power forward), is one of the biggest, most athletic players to come into the league at any time in its history. Ayton’s personality and sheer size will make him an instant local celebrity and, along with Devin Booker and Josh Jackson, can help get the Suns back on the national...
Jun 19, 2018
In two days, the Phoenix Suns can vanquish the Curse of the Coin

In two days, the Phoenix Suns can vanquish the Curse of the Coin

A franchise center has always evaded the Suns; that can change on Thursday Tails never fails. The Phoenix Suns and the majority of their newspaper-polled fan base must have been unfamiliar with that adage in 1969. Tasked on Mar. 19 of that year with calling heads or tails for the coin flip that would determine which franchise — the Suns or Milwaukee Bucks — would get the No. 1 overall draft pick and earn the right to select UCLA Bruins standout Lew Alcindor, the Suns infamously told then-commissioner J. Walter Kennedy they were going with heads, the choice of fans in a newspaper...
Jun 19, 2018
Arizona threads being woven into this new Phoenix Suns team

Arizona threads being woven into this new Phoenix Suns team

The Phoenix Suns seem to be making connections with valley sports fans in new ways, now adding former ASU guard Jamelle McMillan to the coaching staff. You can’t go back to the old days. Too many burned bridges. It’s time to build a new future in the Valley with a new set of Phoenix Suns stars to stake their claim. The Suns know this. But they also apparently know it can’t hurt to have SOME threads to valley sports fans woven in. First it’s Igor Kokoskov who coached on the last Suns playoff team and built a deep connection with the Phoenix area. His family even stayed here after he...
Jun 18, 2018
Locked On Suns Monday: 2018 NBA Mock Draft, Part 1

Locked On Suns Monday: 2018 NBA Mock Draft, Part 1

We try and get a grasp on how the first half of the draft will go, including a surefire No. 1 pick for the Suns. On today’s episode we break into an in-depth NBA mock draft, charting the first 15 picks, including two trades at the tail-end of the episode. There’s no surprises at No. 1, but things get interesting when the Bulls pick, and the Suns face an interesting trade possibility when the Hornets come to the plate at 11. Things wrap up with a pick swap between Atlanta and Washington at 15, which prevents the Suns from getting their point guard of the future in Collin...
Jun 18, 2018
Solar Panel, ep. 76: Maker of Deadpool/Zombieland talks Suns, draft, movies

Solar Panel, ep. 76: Maker of Deadpool/Zombieland talks Suns, draft, movies

Rhett Reese is a bigger Suns fan than most. Greg and Dave try not to fanboy too much Welcome back to the Solar Panel! We’ve got a huge two-part episode for you this week. First, Greg, Tim and Dave discuss all the rumors floating around on Kawhi Leonard, and even Lonzo Ball. The conversation covers a ton of draft, free agency and trade talk. And THEN it’s Rhett Reese time! For those of you who don’t know, Rhett is a long time follower of the show, of Bright Side and of Suns twitter. Oh, and yeah, he’s also made the Deadpool and Zombieland movies, among others. So, you know, it’s...
Jun 18, 2018
Center of the Sun: Brandon Knight’s role with the 2018-19 Phoenix Suns

Center of the Sun: Brandon Knight’s role with the 2018-19 Phoenix Suns

Barring an unlikely trade, Knight will return to the court in a Suns uniform this season. Welcome to the weekly news roundup of your Phoenix Suns. We Suns fans have talked and talked and talked about the swiftly approaching NBA Draft. We’ve talked about it so much that, even with it only 3 days away and the Suns armed with their first ever #1 pick, I thought we could take a break from that and talk about something other than the Draft, possible trades and/or free agency in this edition of the CotS. Brandon Knight. After missing the entire 2017-18 season with a torn ACL, Knight will be...
Jun 17, 2018
If the Suns go big at No. 1, which point guards are realistic options to trade for on draft night?

If the Suns go big at No. 1, which point guards are realistic options to trade for on draft night?

Phoenix’s likely young Big 3 of Devin Booker, Josh Jackson and Deandre Ayton would definitely need more veteran guidance. After surveying the landscape, here are nine deals that make sense. It’s crazy to say, but the 2018 NBA Draft is now only five days away. After the Phoenix Suns sat through one of the worst seasons in franchise history at 21-61, it ended with the No. 1 pick, which will likely be Deandre Ayton. Unless a major curveball is thrown our way on Thursday, Ayton will be the final piece to #TheTimeline joining Devin Booker and Josh Jackson as the three main long term building...
Jun 17, 2018
The pros and cons of Lonzo Ball with the Phoenix Suns

The pros and cons of Lonzo Ball with the Phoenix Suns

Bright Siders Dave and Evan have differing views on whether the Suns should take Lonzo Ball of the Lakers and Spurs hands Opinions have floated over the past few days that the Phoenix Suns would potentially insert themselves as the third team to facilitate getting Kawhi Leonard from San Antonio Spurs to the Los Angeles Lakers. Leonard is reportedly disgruntled with the Spurs and wants a trade as he enters the final year of his rookie extension While the Spurs and Lakers could conceivably make it a simple two-team deal, there are reports that Gregg Popovich does not want Luol Deng’s...