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Royce O’Neale is making his impact on the Suns felt already

Photo by Christian Petersen/ Just a few games in, the new trade deadline acquisition is making a difference on both ends. People familiar with Royce O’Neale’s resume and capabilities aren’t at all surprised by the impact he’s already had on the court for the Phoenix Suns. O’Neale’s ability to make the right decision quickly in many different scenarios is exactly what the Suns needed, especially on the defensive end. He’s able to handle matchups that wouldn’t necessarily come to mind for a 6-foot-5 player. Take the Sunday win over the Los Angeles Lakers...

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Right moves, right time? How all 30 teams' trade-deadline decisions are panning out

The Suns as sneaky winners? Should the Lakers have made a splash? Three weeks after the deadline, we take stock of all 30 teams' trade-deadline deals -- and non-deals.

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SBN Reacts: The Phoenix Suns rostered improved and their defense should follow suit

Photo by Christian Petersen/ It was a great trade deadline and we expect the defense to get better as a result. Improving isn’t easy, no matter what you’re attempting to accomplish. When you speak in the context of roster improvement in the NBA, with millions of dollars at play and a complex salary and luxury tax structure, it is challenging. You seek the ultimate balance, combining talent with chemistry, and ability with scheme. James Jones and the Phoenix Suns, who were buyers at the trade deadline, had to operate within the second apron restrictions while trying...

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Royce O’Neale fits like a glove in Phoenix

Photo by Christian Petersen/ The addition of Royce O’Neale was exactly what this Suns team needed. Phoenix landing Royce O’Neale wasn’t the sexiest move at the trade deadline, but it’s already proven to be impactful in a short amount of time. What second-round picks?? Suns fans have already jumped on board if they weren’t before the trade. He’s been an instant fan favorite in the Valley, and for good reason. PHX let’s get it!! Good team win pic.twitter.com/mfxihxEN5O— Royce O'Neale (@BucketsONeale00) February 14, 2024 The Numbers He’s made...

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Suns Reacts Survey: Getting better and getting better on defense?

Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Almost all of the moves are made. So where do the Suns sit? Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across the NBA. Throughout the year we ask questions of the most plugged-in Phoenix Suns fans and fans across the country. Sign up here to participate in the weekly emailed surveys. The Phoenix Suns have made their moves, and with one pending — they still have a roster slot open post-trade deadline — the upgrades at the fringes have been apparent. The team wants to get better on defense. James Jones chose to part ways with Yuta...

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The 2024 NBA Buyout Market: Who can and should the Suns target?

Photo by Mike Christy/ We’re taking a look at the roster needs and who is on the buyout market. Now that the trade deadline is behind us, an entirely new conversation has begun. The Phoenix Suns still have open roster spots, and they are looking to fill them with players who were recently waived by their respective former teams. How do quality players end up waived? Let’s look at Chimezie Metu. Phoenix traded him out in the Royce O’Neale/David Roddy trade, with the Memphis Grizzlies acquiring the versatile wing/big. They did so to make the money work, not because...

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Stephen’s Study: Royce O’Neale is a Phoenix Sun

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports O’Neale will be a very welcomed addition and a plus to the two-way process of the Suns. The Phoenix Suns traded for Royce O’Neale prior to Thursday's trade deadline. They parted with nearly the entire haul of ancillary, minimum contracts they compiled in free agency, signaling a soft reset of sorts, and also open competition in the 8th-10th man realm. As part of a three-team deal with the Brooklyn Nets and Memphis Grizzlies, the Suns were able to acquire both Royce O’Neale and David Roddy. No longer with the team: Keira Bates-Diop...

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Point Allen is another unique offensive wrinkle the Suns possess

Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Allen’s 14 assists on Thursday is a reminder that he has been groomed to do it all. Trade deadline day was hectic for the Phoenix Suns as not only did they move off of four players from the roster, but they were presented with the challenge as Devin Booker was unavailable to play against the Utah Jazz. He had a sore hip and the coaching staff thought it was for the better to have him sit out against Utah, a team that was also shorthanded due to assets moved at the trade deadline. Booker has been the team's leading assist man this...

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Suns JAM Session Podcast: Suns vs. Jazz Post Game Podcast

The original Phoenix Suns post game podcast. Pop a teeth-cracking cold beverage with us and listen to a not too-serious-podcast dedicated to the Phoenix Suns, hosted by John (@DarthVoita) and Matthew (@MatthewLissy). Following the trade deadline, the Suns suit up against the pesky Jazz. Click the Subscribe button. Click the bell to turn on notifications. Watch right here! Not much of a video person? Like to listen to your podcasts? Here it is in audio form: .redcircle-link:link { color: #ea404d; text-decoration: none; } ...

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Game Recap: Short-handed Suns have no issue dispatching the Jazz, 129-115

Photo by Chris Coduto/ No Booker tonight, but 14 assists from Grayson Allen and 30-point performances from KD and Beal were enough. It was NBA Trade Deadline Day, which is always an interesting night to have basketball games. Some rosters, to get better, send players out in deals. They can’t play for the team and neither can their incoming assets. So you go into it shorthanded, hoping your team can get a win. That is what the Phoenix Suns did tonight against the Utah Jazz, as they entered down four players following the Suns’ three-way deal with the Brooklyn Nets...

The Salt Lake Tribune

The Triple Team: Thoughts on the Jazz on deadline day after loss to Suns

The Jazz's new look rotation brought some good, but mostly rough looks. How did Taylor Hendricks look against Kevin Durant? And how do the Jazz's trade deadline moves impact team buy-in?

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Open Thread: Suns and Jazz met for the final time this season

Photo by Alex Goodlett/ It’s post-trade deadline battle between a couple of Western Conference foes. It is time. Let’s discuss the game!

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Getting to Know You: Who is newly acquired Sun David Roddy?

Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports A Q&A with Grizzlies Media provided some insight as to what Roddy brings to the table. As a part of the Phoenix Suns acquiring Royce O’Neale yesterday during the NBA’s Trade Deadline, the Valley also received David Roddy, a second-year forward from the Memphis Grizzlies. To help get a better understanding of Roddy and his skill set, Bright Side reached out to prominent voices in the Grizzlies media. Joe Mullinax, co-host of the Locked On Grizzlies Podcast, Parker Fleming, former Grizzly Bear Blues site manager and current operator of...

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SBN Reacts: There is optimism that the Suns, despite limited assets, will make a trade

Photo by Barry GossageNBAE via Phoenix doesn’t have much to offer. Will it be enough to meet their roster needs via a trade? It’s a matter of hours before the trade deadline hits midnight. Or 1:00pm Arizona time. You know what I mean. If the Phoenix Suns want to make a move via the trade market, the eleventh hour is upon us. The Suns don’t have money options and fewer assets that are enticing to put on the open market. It’s hard as a pigeon to attract attention away from those mesmerized by the peacocks out there. That is what the Suns must do, however. They...

NetsDaily

DEADLINE DAY I: Brooklyn Nets, Phoenix Suns talking Royce O’Neale for Nassir Little, seconds

Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via As the day drags on till 3:00 p.m. ET, we will be firing up updates. This is the first. Planning your day? Don’t! It’s hopeless. It’s the trade deadline and as we’ve learned in our 20 such days, expect the unexpected ... and that could mean all or nothing at all. As Keith Smith of Spotrac tweeted, there is a bit of rhythm to the day. How NBA Trade Deadline Day usually goes:Things are kind of quiet until mid-morning. News may trickle out between 10 AM ET and 12 PM ET.Things get quiet for about an hour around lunchtime...

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Price point set for the 2024 NBA Trade Market

Photo by Kenny Giarla/NBAE via There have been a few minor deals today that could impact the value Phoenix pays in any potential trade they make. The 2024 NBA Trade Deadline is less than 24 hours away. The clock is ticking for many front offices around the league in their quest to improve their squads. While there haven’t been any earth-shattering moves made yet, a few minor deals took place today to get the party started. The Phoenix Suns (along with the rest of the league) are taking notes on the cost of acquiring and dealing rotation pieces. The Suns have been...

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DEADLINE DAY III: Brooklyn Nets send Royce O’Neale to Phoenix for Jordan Goodwin, Keita Bates-Diop, three seconds

Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via As part of the deal, Brooklyn waives Harry Giles III to create roster space for the incoming players The Brooklyn Nets have made their second and final trade at the deadline. In perhaps the most predictable deal of the day, Royce O’Neale is headed to the Phoenix Suns, reunited with Kevin Durant. In return, the Brooklyn Nets receive three second-round picks from the Western Conference contender, as well as guard Jordan Goodwin and big Keita Bates-Diop. The deal officially goes down as a three-teamer, with the Memphis Grizzlies...

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The Suns are dealing with the fallout of aggression at the trade deadline

Photo by Harry How/ The Suns have no special options at the trade deadline...but that’s what comes with being aggressive with the roster. The Phoenix Suns don’t have any magic bullets in the cylinder as the trade deadline looms Thursday, which is a bit of a change for the organization in recent years. The Suns of the past always had at least some assets on the books that seemed capable of fetching a serious return if the Suns were aggressive enough to pull the trigger on a trade. Last season, they did it, trading the “wonder twins” of Mikal Bridges and Cam...

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Suns Reacts Survey: Pondering what the Suns will do at the deadline

Photo by Barry Gossage NBAE via The ball is in James Jones’ court. Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across the NBA. Throughout the year we ask questions of the most plugged-in Phoenix Suns fans and fans across the country. Sign up here to participate in the weekly emailed surveys. It’s trade deadline week in the NBA, and we are all patiently waiting to see who ends up where, how it helps their team, and what moves could ultimately affect who wins a championship this season. The Phoenix Suns are in the thick of it all, holding tightly to the sixth...

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Phoenix Suns Trade Deadline Primer: What you need to know

Photo by Chris Coduto/ The trade deadline is Thursday. We’re getting you ready for it today! Here comes the trade deadline. A whacky week lies before us as teams across the NBA attempt to either fortify their rosters for a postseason run or sell off assets to improve their chances further down the line. General managers are fielding phone calls, trying to keep information close to the vest, and avoiding those Shams Charania text messages as long as possible before they leak any news. The Phoenix Suns are no different, as general manager and president of basketball...

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Regrading last year's NBA trade deadline deals: From A's to F's

Kevin Pelton revisits and regrades some of the biggest deals at last season's trade deadline, including Kevin Durant to the Phoenix Suns.

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New trade target names linked to the Phoenix Suns

Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Rumors continue to pour in as to who the Suns could be interested in acquiring at the trade deadline. With the trade deadline occurring this Thursday, things are beginning to heat up around the league. Buyers, sellers, rumors, and leaks. It’s a whirlwind week filled with all of the above. The Phoenix Suns are right in the middle of it all as they attempt to increase their chances of bringing a title to the Valley of the Sun for the first time in their 55-year history. The Suns sit at 29-21 through 50 games, which puts them on pace to...

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Brooklyn Nets vs. Philadelphia 76ers preview: Nets hit road

Photo by Alex Goodlett/ It’s a new month, and the Brooklyn Nets are hoping to turn things around quickly. They want that old thing back. On Wednesday night, Kevin Durant made his return to Barclays Center. It was a... unique evening for a lot of reason, but the result ended the same for the Brooklyn Nets as the Phoenix Suns beat them on primetime. The Nets ended January at 4-10 and are heading into a critical trade deadline in a few days. The opponent tonight is back on the East Coast after a long stretch far from home. The Philadelphia 76ers are still near the top of...

Lakers Podcast: AD Trade Talk, Lonzo to the Suns?, Behind the Scenes of NBA Trades w/ Alex Kennedy

Los Angeles Lakers Trade Deadline Podcast featuring AD Trade Talk, Lonzo to the Suns, and Behind the Scenes of NBA Trades w/ Alex Kennedy. #Lakers #LakersPodcast #LakersNation