P.J. Tucker was reportedly acquired by Raptors with LeBron James in mind

Did the Toronto Raptors make a trade deadline deal to get a player who will ultimately be tasked with agitating LeBron James? It sounds like the answer is yes.ESPN’s Marc Stein said Thursday that the Raptors’ addition of forward P.J. Tucker from Phoenix had to do with James, who may end up facing Toronto again in the Eastern Conference Playoffs. Tucker is a tough, strong, defensive...
Via Larry Brown Sports
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Suns Make Two Moves at Trade Deadline

Suns fans wanted multiple moves! And they got them! They’re just not the earth-shaking trades we were all hoping for. In the final minutes before the 1pm Arizona Time NBA Trade Deadline, Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough did what he does best and made a trade of a fan favorite with his back literally up […] Suns Make Two Moves at Trade Deadline - Valley of the Suns - Valley...
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Report: Raptors trade Jared Sullinger, two future picks to Suns for P.J. Tucker

The Toronto Raptors have reportedly dealt Jared Sullinger and two future second-round picks to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for P.J. Tucker. Trading for Tucker is a smart move to upgrade Toronto’s bench. He’s averaging seven points and six rebounds per game, playing 28.5 minutes per contest. The 31-year-old small forward is also a free agent next year, so this could be a one...
Via Sportsnaut
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

By the Fans, for the Fans Podcast

Will the Suns make a deal? We have a Trade Deadline Special Edition of the For the Fans, by the Fans Podcast this week. First off, Paul and Justin chime in with their thoughts as to what happened (and didn't happen) in relation to DeMarcus Cousins, why Boogie is not wearing purple and orange, and whether the Suns should have pushed harder to get him. In addition, the Bright Side...
Via Bright Side Of The Sun
1 day ago

Suns Trade Target: Paul George

With the trade deadline less than 24 hours away, many Suns fans are praying for a drastic change. As I outlined in my discussion about trading for Andre Drummond and as Adam Maynes too has blogged about, the best option for the Suns is to sit tight and only trade away veteran players over 25. […] Suns Trade Target: Paul George - Valley of the Suns - Valley of the Suns - A Phoenix...
Via Valley of the Suns
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Suns again assign slam-dunk runner-up Jones to D-league

PHOENIX (AP) The Phoenix Suns have again assigned forward Derrick Jones Jr. to Northern Arizona, its affiliate in the NBA Development League. Jones was the runner-up to Glenn Robinson III in the NBA Slam Dunk competition over the weekend. This is Jones' seventh assignment of the season. He has averaged 14.6 points on 49 percent shooting and 5.7 rebounds in 18 games with Northern Arizona.
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Stranger Things than the Phoenix Suns

Following the Phoenix Suns can be a lot of fun. However, there are only so many ways to approach a losing record or trade hysteria before the whole thing devolves into tedium. Luckily, the world provides all sorts of whacked-out news that can serve to break the monotony, and losing oneself in some of the zaniest news out there can act as a needed refresher before returning to the...
Via Bright Side Of The Sun
1 day ago

Phoenix Suns Mid-Season Grades Part 2/2

With the All-Star break upon us it is time to hand out mid-season grades. The Suns currently own a dismal 18-39 record. Even though this team was never constructed for a playoff run, being 21 games below .500 is not exactly what the front office had in mind. To accurately grade each player down the roster there are two necessary […] Phoenix Suns Mid-Season Grades Part 2/2...
Via Valley of the Suns
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Phoenix Suns: Grading the Derrick Jones Jr. dunks

Welcome to the spotlight, Derrick Jones Jr. The undrafted rookie from UNLV had played in just seven games and 20 minutes of NBA action for the Phoenix Suns heading into the All-Star break, but he still got the nod to show off his skills in the NBA Dunk Contest on Saturday. The NBA broadcasters constantly labeled him as a dark horse in what was supposed to be a redemption show for...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Devin Booker throws near-full-court alley-oop to Karl-Anthony Towns (VIDEO)

NBA fans got a taste of what Devin Booker and Karl-Anthony Towns playing on the same team would look like in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night, and after watching it, I really want the Wolves to trade for the Suns guard. Booker casually threw this sick alley-oop which traveled 3/4 of the length of the court, hitting KAT perfectly in stride. And Towns, of course, finished...
Via The Sports Daily
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Are the Phoenix Suns better than the Los Angeles Lakers?

At the beginning of the season, there was little doubt that the Los Angeles Lakers seemed farther in their rebuilding process than the Phoenix Suns. LA had the second pick of the last two drafts and used them on D’Angelo Russell and Brandon Ingram. With Kobe Bryant retired, the Lakers were ready to create a new identity. Phoenix, meanwhile, had more questions with their roster...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Second-year NBA stars who can salvage the season

Anyone who follows sports knows all about the sophomore slump, but not all second-year players take a step fact. In fact, year two is often a stepping stone toward NBA stardom.Welcome back to the Yardbarker roundtable, where we look at some of last season's rookies to see how they're doing in their sophomore campaigns. So:Which second-year players will stand out in the second half...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

After 2nd ACL tear, how does Jabari Parker come back?

Jabari Parker is 21 years old.Wednesday night was supposed to be a special night for the Milwaukee Bucks. Unfortunately, that’s all we’re going to say about it. This isn’t going to be about their playoff chances. Or even about their future, immediate or otherwise.No, we’re just here to talk about Jabari Parker. We’re here to talk about the fact that he’s now torn the...
Via The Sports Post
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Seth Curry, Yogi Ferrell has the Mavericks thinking playoffs

This season started off rough for the Dallas Mavericks. They had a record of 4-17 through the first 21 games and were without their superstar forward Dirk Nowitzki, who was battling a strained Achilles. Without Nowitzki, free agent acquisition Harrison Barnes had to step up in his place. Barnes admirably held his own, averaging 20.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 1.3 assists in 36.5...
Via Crossover Chronicles
17 days ago  |  Discuss

DeAndre Jordan and Aaron Gordon highlight 2017 NBA Slam Dunk Contest field

With two-time defending NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion Zach LaVine sitting out this year’s edition, many are wondering who will fill the void in his absence? The field this year does have the Orlando Magic’s Aaron Gordon — who was the runner up last-year with his amazing dunk over the Magic’s mascot — and the Los Angeles Clippers DeAndre Jordan, who offers the event a little...
Via The Comeback
21 days ago  |  Discuss

What are the best expansion markets for the NBA?

Recent reports suggest that the NBA is ready to expand to the 32-team model used by the NFL. One slot is a given: Seattle is, at some point or another, going to get a team. They have an ownership group and stadium financing plan in place. They have the 14th biggest television market in the country and an established fan base. There is simply not a good reason to exclude Seattle beyond...
Via The Sports Post
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Kings, Suns discussed DeMarcus Cousins trade

We can surely expect rumors surrounding a potentail DeMarcus Cousins trade to heat up between now and the trade deadline in late February.While Cousins has reportedly shown an interest in signing a long-term deal with the Sacramento Kings, the relationship between the two sides have been strained for some time. It’s led to multiple rumors about potential trades in the past.Now...
Via Sportsnaut
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Eric Bledsoe obliterates Faried with poster dunk

The Denver Nuggets took down the Phoenix Suns 127-120 on Thursday night at Pepsi Center, but Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried is surely not having an enjoyable time postgame. That’s because the 6’8″ power forward was dunked all over by a 6’1″ point guard in the fourth quarter.Watch Eric Bledsoe throw down this nasty posterizing jam over Faried: Oh dear. Faried will have nightmares...
Via The Comeback
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Brett Brown calls out NBA for snubbing TJ McConnell from Rising Stars Challenge

With T.J. McConnell starting at point guard, all the Philadelphia 76ers do is win, win, win, and head coach Brett Brown thinks that should have merited an inclusion in the Rising Stars Challenge on All-Star Weekend.After the Sixers defeated the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday for their 10th victory in 13 games, Brown called out the NBA for snubbing McConnell.“We are 9-2 with him as...
Via Larry Brown Sports
28 days ago  |  Discuss

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