10:40 AM EDT, Tue May 21, 2019
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Lottery Mock Draft 1.0: Pick shakeup has huge ramifications for Suns

Lottery Mock Draft 1.0: Pick shakeup has huge ramifications for Suns

The lottery was a gut punch for Phoenix, so now what happens? The NBA Draft Lottery did not go so well this time around for the Phoenix Suns, slipping three spots to No. 6 after a 19-win season. Luckily, they still have key foundational pillars in place with Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton. The question is now whether Phoenix stays in this position and takes another young prospect, or they ship it off to the highest bidder to plunge into win-now mode? It’s safe to say falling to the sixth position has ramification on the organization. Instead of picking Zion Williamson, Ja Morant or RJ...
13 hours ago
Locked On Suns Monday: Six options for the Suns at No. 6 with Ross Homan of The Stepien

Locked On Suns Monday: Six options for the Suns at No. 6 with Ross Homan of The Stepien

Wing? Guard? Big man? It’s all on the table, and Ross joins us to break down what choices face the Suns on draft night. We are joined by Ross Homan of The Stepien to break down two players from each position group that the Suns could consider with the sixth pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Starting with wings Jarrett Culver and Cam Reddish, we go deep on these guys. Next are big men Brandon Clarke and De’Andre Hunter, followed by guards Darius Garland and Coby White. Hear from Ross on why he’s so high on Culver, especially with the Suns, and some names he would consider at No. 32 for...
18 hours ago
Darius Garland and Coby White reportedly received promises at NBA Draft Combine

Darius Garland and Coby White reportedly received promises at NBA Draft Combine

Two point guards who will be in the Suns’ range at No. 6 left Chicago early. Ja Morant is no longer an option for the Phoenix Suns after slipping to No. 6 overall, but they are now in prime position to still land their point guard of the future if they wanted to. Two prospects who will go in the 4-7 range, Vanderbilt’s Darius Garland and North Carolina’s Coby White, could check the boxes Phoenix is looking for to pair alongside Devin Booker. Between the NBA Draft Combine and the actually NBA Draft on June 20, we are in peak smokescreen season. Take these rumors with a grain of salt,...
May 20, 2019
Solar Panel, ep. 127: Cap situation, room for Kyrie and... Boban FOREVER

Solar Panel, ep. 127: Cap situation, room for Kyrie and... Boban FOREVER

We delve deep into the Suns cap space, room to move and potential for lots and lots of space. Okay Suns fans. The draft order is set and the Phoenix Suns are only a month away from Summer of Jones. What will James Jones do? What CAN he do? Resetting the Suns salary cap now that they have the 6th pick in the draft Ways the Phoenix Suns can target a max player by clearing cap without having to convince any other teams to absorb salary “because they’re nice” Will the Suns resign Richaun Holmes? Rookie of the Year Awards & Deandre Ayton’s chances against Luka Doncic & Trae Young What...
May 20, 2019
Center of the Sun: Fantable rules the week for the Suns post-lottery

Center of the Sun: Fantable rules the week for the Suns post-lottery

What should the Phoenix Suns do with the sixth overall pick in next month’s draft? Welcome to the weekly Phoenix Suns news roundup and round table of fans we call the FanTable! Rod is taking a break from writing for a bit this summer, so you’ll have to accept my humble contributions in the weekly COTS for a while. Last Tuesday, the Phoenix Suns watched the ping pong balls bounce, and a year after being lucky enough to come out of it still holding their best-odds pick of No. 1 overall (25% chance), they did it again by getting their best-odds pick this year (26% chance). Unfortunately,...
May 19, 2019
Suns could have interest in Chris Paul, says ESPN’s Zach Lowe

Suns could have interest in Chris Paul, says ESPN’s Zach Lowe

In surveying teams around the league, Lowe said on his podcast Phoenix is one team that has eyes for Paul. It’s now officially the part of the offseason in which the Suns are going to start being linked to every point guard on the market. Midway through last week, it was Darius Garland and Kyrie Irving, and now as the dust clears from the NBA Draft Combine, the unofficial start of the league’s crazy season, it’s Chris Paul. On a lottery wrap-up edition of his ESPN podcast, Zach Lowe said in polling people around the league about how Houston could get better this summer, one trade...
May 19, 2019
Report: Former Suns head coach Igor Kokoskov interviews for opening with Grizzlies

Report: Former Suns head coach Igor Kokoskov interviews for opening with Grizzlies

Kokoskov would go from one bright young core to another after his quick stint in Phoenix. According to ESPN’s Tim Bontempts, Igor Kokoskov might not be out of a job long if all goes well for him. The Memphis Grizzlies reportedly interviewed the Suns’ former head coach three weeks after his dismissal. Former Suns coach Igor Kokoskov recently interviewed for the vacant Memphis Grizzlies coaching job, sources told ESPN. Kokoskov was fired last month after one season in Phoenix.— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) May 18, 2019 Phoenix finished 19-63 during Kokoskov’s one season, but the...
May 19, 2019
Deandre Ayton finalist for Rookie of the Year; Mikal Bridges has case for All-Rookie

Deandre Ayton finalist for Rookie of the Year; Mikal Bridges has case for All-Rookie

Two Phoenix Suns rookies could add awards to their resume after quality rookie seasons. On Friday, the NBA announced that Suns rookie center Deandre Ayton was named as one of three finalists for the Kia-sponsored Rookie of the Year award, which will be announced in late June. The Suns franchise has not had a Rookie of the Year since Amar’e Stoudemire was named in 2003, and almost certainly won’t break that string this year either despite boasting the No. 1 overall draft pick. All awards have three finalists, and it’s feather in the cap for anyone to be in the top three of possibly...
May 18, 2019
James Jones is showing us how player development will function under his leadership

James Jones is showing us how player development will function under his leadership

The hiring of two assistants from Gonzaga and Villanova could lend us a blueprint to Jones’ thinking on developing young talent. Since officially having his interim tag removed last month, Suns general manager James Jones has already put an emphatic stamp on the organization. Not only did he fire Igor Kokoskov and hire his own choice in Monty Williams — who ended up choosing Phoenix over the Los Angeles Lakers — but smaller moves have laid a foundation for what to expect during the Jones tenure. Longtime head trainer Aaron Nelson is gone to New Orleans with David Griffin and Zion...
May 18, 2019
Prospects show love for the Suns’ young core at NBA Draft Combine

Prospects show love for the Suns’ young core at NBA Draft Combine

They might be turning heads for the wrong reasons around the league, but young players are excited about the possibility of playing with the group in Phoenix. CHICAGO — Attention is no trophy for losing franchises, but the Suns are receiving plenty of it from young prospects around the country. At this week’s NBA Draft Combine, young players are playing and speaking for their futures, contemplating where they might land in the draft next month and how it will determine the course of the rest of their lives. As they do so, several of the prospects landed on the Suns’ talented young...
May 17, 2019
Locked On Suns Friday: Recapping the NBA Draft Combine from Chicago

Locked On Suns Friday: Recapping the NBA Draft Combine from Chicago

We discuss the buzz at No. 6 for the Suns after a week of meetings, drills and scrimmages. We discuss the latest on Jarrett Culver, Brandon Clarke, Coby White, Darius Garland and all the Suns’ options at No. 6. Then, we wade into the rumor mill with speculation from Ramona Shelburne of ESPN and Michael Pina of SB Nation regarding the Suns’ potential as a fit for the likes of Kyrie Irving or Anthony Davis this summer. Find us on the new Himalaya podcast app, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify! Follow on Twitter: @LockedOnPHXSuns, @esidery, @BrendonKleen14
May 17, 2019
Besides the No. 6 pick, what other tradable assets do the Suns have?

Besides the No. 6 pick, what other tradable assets do the Suns have?

Earlier this week, the Phoenix Suns lost out on the Zion Williamson/Ja Morant draft lottery and ended up with the sixth pick in the 2019 NBA draft. There are a lot of talented players in this draft that the Suns could pick at six, especially at the point guard position, but none of them are on par with Morant or Williamson. There are rumors that the Suns are planning to trade the pick since it fell out of the top three. It makes sense as there’s a couple of top guards out there in the trade market the Suns should at least make a call for. The sixth pick may not be enticing enough to make...
May 17, 2019
Solar Panel, ep. 126: Listen to our LIVE reaction to the Suns dropping to 6th

Solar Panel, ep. 126: Listen to our LIVE reaction to the Suns dropping to 6th

Wonder how it all went down for some super Suns fans? We shared this on social media on Tuesday as a LIVE show, and now here’s your chance to re-live those moments of the lottery-night reveal when the Suns finished nearly as low as possible in the lottery. We also argue over what to do now, and how awful it is that the Lakers and Knicks both finished among the top four. You really should listen to this — there’s some great instant analysis on the Suns options and how the flattened lottery odds both worked and failed. Tim, Dave and Greg are joined by a special guest, super Suns fan...
May 17, 2019
‘Anything’s possible’: Brandon Clarke on draft prep and his fit with hometown Suns

‘Anything’s possible’: Brandon Clarke on draft prep and his fit with hometown Suns

Clarke is a fascinating fit in the frontcourt next to Deandre Ayton, and a potential target at No. 6 for the Suns. CHICAGO — Hard work is the last thing the Suns would have to worry about if they targeted another frontcourt piece in Gonzaga’s Brandon Clarke with the No. 6 pick in next month’s draft. Getting better is just about all the San Jose State transfer has done since he started college, and Clarke said Thursday at the NBA Draft Combine that convincing teams of his work ethic has been a top priority during meetings this week. One such meeting came with the Suns on Thursday. It...
May 16, 2019
Shelburne: Suns could be a ‘great fit’ for Kyrie Irving

Shelburne: Suns could be a ‘great fit’ for Kyrie Irving

Kyrie reuniting with James Jones in Phoenix and making a Big 3 with Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton? Anything can happen during the offseason, but, yeah, this would definitely be an unexpected move. When discussing where Kyrie Irving will land on The Jump earlier this week — Boston Celtics or the field — ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne threw a complete curveball out there for one team. Surprisingly enough, Shelburne mentioned the Phoenix Suns as one of Irving’s best fits in free agency. “I can just see a world in which he goes to the Phoenix Suns where that is such a great fit for him,”...