12:24 AM EDT, Wed July 17, 2019
2 hours ago
Suns and Kelly Oubre Jr. start fresh with new chapter

Suns and Kelly Oubre Jr. start fresh with new chapter

Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports Oubre is back in Phoenix on a two-year, $30 million deal. What stood out from the re-introductory press conference? On December 28, 2018, pre-game for the Suns-Wizards tilt at Talking Stick Resort Arena, Kelly Oubre Jr. could be overheard talking about his future. Fans who were sitting courtside yelled at him this one question: “Stay, Kelly!” Oubre replied: “Talk to James [Jones], I wanna stay.” As Oubre told the local media on Tuesday after re-signing in Phoenix on a two-year, $30 million deal, this situation always felt like home upon arrival....
10 hours ago
BSOTS Offseason Roundtable: How did the Suns’ busy offseason shape expectations?

BSOTS Offseason Roundtable: How did the Suns’ busy offseason shape expectations?

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Bright Side’s lead writers get together to talk all things Suns with their summer all but finished. Heading into the start of next season, only four players remain from last year’s opening night roster: Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton, Mikal Bridges, and Elie Okobo. Suns GM James Jones definitely placed an authoritative stamp on the organization after his interim tag was removed. However, will it finally lead to success? Following four straight seasons with sub-25 wins, Phoenix, especially their star Devin Booker, are ready to breakout onto the...
13 hours ago
Suns rising up latest Power Rankings

Suns rising up latest Power Rankings

It’s a slow rise, but a rise nonetheless. Let’s celebrate! The Suns got Charlie Brown’d by the ESPN Power Ranking team this week, who happily played the role of Lucy in a never-ending turnstile of Lucy’s. Their post draft and free-agency Power Rankings have the Phoenix Suns at 25th in the league — up three spots from a month ago! Yet, the commentary under the ranking was like Lucy pulling the ball away just before Charlie Brown could make contact. First, Lucy gently places the ball on the ground, finger balancing it on it’s tip... And then, just as we approach the...
Jul 15, 2019
Locked On Suns Monday: Do the Suns have to worry about Devin Booker in the age of player movement?

Locked On Suns Monday: Do the Suns have to worry about Devin Booker in the age of player movement?

Booker is probably far away from demanding a trade or becoming frustrated, but with his second contract starting this season, the clock is ticking. With superstars like Kyrie Irving, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler ushering in a more sudden and unexpected version of NBA player empowerment, we dive into whether the Suns are in danger of Devin Booker following suit. How soon could it happen for Booker? Do his relationships around the NBA help or hurt the Suns? Did this summer change anything regarding the team’s relationship with him or his involvement in behind-the-scenes...
Jul 15, 2019
Fanning the Flames Podcast: Are the Suns that much better than last year?

Fanning the Flames Podcast: Are the Suns that much better than last year?

Paul and Justin talk about what the Phoenix Suns have done in the past week After taking a week to recover emotionally from surviving the Great Vegas Earthquake of 2019, Fanning the Flames is back this week to discuss all things Phoenix Suns and NBA (with surprisingly limited tangents). On this episode, we discuss: - NBA Summer League and the impressions we walked away with (including about Zion Williamson and Tacko Fall) - the Suns re-signing Kelly Oubre (viva la Valley Boyz!) and officially signing Ricky Rubio - what the re-tooled Suns roster will bring that the team did not have last...
Jul 15, 2019
Center of the Sun: After Summer League, Suns fans must settle in for the long wait for the 2019-20 season to begin

Center of the Sun: After Summer League, Suns fans must settle in for the long wait for the 2019-20 season to begin

How will the Suns fare when the new season begins? Let the discussions begin! Welcome to the weekly news roundup of your Phoenix Suns. Summer League Suns Scoreboard Phoenix Suns vs Memphis Grizzlies L (79-69) Phoenix Suns vs San Antonio Spurs W (79-78) Phoenix Suns vs China W (94-64) It’s July 15 and Summer League is over for Suns fans. All that is left to us is the long wait for next season. But it’s not as if nothing will happen between now and opening night In just six weeks, the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup will be held in China from August 31-September 15. Unfortunately, no...
Jul 14, 2019
Solar Panel, ep. 139: Suns still looking for a backup PF — who is still out there?

Solar Panel, ep. 139: Suns still looking for a backup PF — who is still out there?

The guys review the power forward options still on the market Tim and Dave cover all the latest on the Suns in the past week Summer League review, especially Jalen Lecque’s pluses and minuses Review of the Kelly Oubre Jr. contract — who wins, who loses in that $30 million, two-year contract Summary of the power forward position with Dario Saric and Frank Kaminsky potentially being the best since Amare Stoudemire in his prime The Suns are reportedly still looking for a backup behind Kaminsky and Saric — who is still out there? We answer YouTube chat questions, including where does...
Jul 14, 2019
Frank Kaminsky was left in the dust by the Hornets, but he is not a finished product

Frank Kaminsky was left in the dust by the Hornets, but he is not a finished product

Imagining what a year of development could like for the Suns’ new stretch big man. Frank Kaminsky isn’t a finished product, but the Suns made an investment in the 26-year-old stretch big man with the hope that he would improve during his second contract. Quickly after the start of free agency, Charlotte renounced their cap hold for Kaminsky, making him an unrestricted free agent and ending their relationship with the player for whom they reportedly turned down an offer of four first-round picks to select on draft night in 2015. The Suns swooped in shortly after his release to lock...
Jul 13, 2019
Jalen Lecque steals the Summer League spotlight flashing tantalizing upside for Suns

Jalen Lecque steals the Summer League spotlight flashing tantalizing upside for Suns

Lecque has the makings of being the next great preps-to-pros story. This time a year ago, I don’t think anyone expected Jalen Lecque to be in the position he is now. Instead of attending college, where he committed to North Carolina State as a four-star recruit, Lecque seized his rare opportunity to enter the 2019 NBA Draft. Following a similar path to that of Anfernee Simons, who also went the preps to pros route after an extra high school season with IMG Academy, Lecque turned 19 just before the draft and declared without any college experience. Lecque went undrafted, but he was the...
Jul 13, 2019
Suns fade quietly into the depths of summer with win over China

Suns fade quietly into the depths of summer with win over China

The Summer Suns finish 3-1. The Summer Suns closed out their NBA Las Vegas Summer League schedule with a 3-1 record after beating the Chinese National Team 94-64 on Friday. Eight different players scored between 8-11 points for the Suns in an easy blowout win over the boys from China. Later today, you’ll see a story from Evan Sidery on Jalen Lecque from yesterday and the summer league as a whole. Lecque was the only “super young, super athletic, could be great one day” player on the entire roster, and that’s a major change of pace for this Suns franchise that’s been trotting out a...
Jul 13, 2019
Locked On Suns Friday: Celebrating our 500th episode with a Seven Seconds Or Less podcast crossover

Locked On Suns Friday: Celebrating our 500th episode with a Seven Seconds Or Less podcast crossover

We are joined for Part I of the crossover by Max and David of the 7SOL pod to recap the Suns’ offseason. To celebrate and thank our listeners for 500 (!) episodes of support, we bring on Max and David from the Seven Seconds or Less Podcast to recap the Suns’ offseason. With the Kelly Oubre Jr. deal complete, we talk about what happens next for the Suns as they gear up to potentially spend big in 2021. We also discuss how the rotation might break down next season with most of the players locked in now, and close the show with offseason grades. Find us on the new Himalaya podcast app,...
Jul 12, 2019
The Suns made the right move not trading for Westbrook

The Suns made the right move not trading for Westbrook

In case you’ve been living under a rock or you’ve only been watching the U.S. Women’s National Team win the World Cup, there’s been a lot of news transpiring around the NBA. Perhaps the biggest story is the Thunder trading Paul George to the Clippers and Russell Westbrook to the Rockets. While those two teams received All-Star players, the Thunder received a boatload of picks, Chris Paul and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. This ends any immediate championship aspirations the Thunder had who are left with Paul’s bloated contract, solid center Steven Adams and a bunch of role players. When...
Jul 12, 2019
Gambo: Suns still looking for third-string power forward

Gambo: Suns still looking for third-string power forward

Phoenix isn’t done just yet. The Phoenix Suns are pretty much — but not entirely — done roster-building for the summer. Barring an opportunistic trade that falls in their laps that could improve the Suns present and future, we’re likely talking about the deepest parts of the bench here. At this point, the Suns have too many underdeveloped, backup point guards on the depth chart with guaranteed contracts for the 2019-20 season. Rookies Ty Jerome and Jalen Lecque and second year players Elie Okobo and Jevon Carter (from Memphis) all have guaranteed contracts and are vying for less...
Jul 11, 2019
Compromise between Suns and Kelly Oubre Jr. turns into beneficial deal for both sides

Compromise between Suns and Kelly Oubre Jr. turns into beneficial deal for both sides

The Suns now have the ability to attract big fish stars in the summer of 2021 while Oubre can cash out. Both sides can also return to one another if that doesn’t happen. If it weren’t for the Memphis Grizzlies backing out of sending Dillon Brooks to the Phoenix Suns where they instead assumed it was MarShon Brooks, this wouldn’t even be a story. When the Suns sent a disgruntled Trevor Ariza to the Washington Wizards for Kelly Oubre Jr. on December 15, nobody thought much of it right then. Oubre would find a bigger role for himself on the Suns immediately, but would it translate to a...
Jul 11, 2019
Locked On Suns Thursday: Kelly Oubre Jr. re-signs with Suns

Locked On Suns Thursday: Kelly Oubre Jr. re-signs with Suns

The young wing met the Suns in the middle on a deal that will decrease in year two and give the Suns flexibility down the line. We hopped on the line as soon as we could to break down Kelly Oubre Jr.’s two year, $30 million deal to remain in Phoenix and continue building with this team’s young core. Oubre likely looked around the market and saw veterans getting the bag, but the Suns were willing to meet him in the middle with a bigger year-one salary on a two-year deal. We explain why this makes sense for both sides. Then, we discuss how this sets the Suns up to be spenders in the...