Welcome to the weekly Phoenix Suns news roundup.
Sometime between now and the end of Wednesday, the Suns will give starting center Deandre Ayton a one-year qualifying offer that will make him a restricted free agent. A basic QO is essentially a one-year contract offer that the player can sign to play another year with the team and become an unrestricted free agent after it ends. Ayton could make this decision if he doesn’t like it or doesn’t want to accept other contract offers. The Suns haven’t made this offer yet, but that’s not unusual, so don’t read about it. The next day, June 30, teams can begin free-agent negotiations at 3 pm AZ time, but neither can sign new deals until after the Moratorium period ends on July 6.
The Free Agency Moratorium is a trading period from July 1-6 in which teams cannot sign most free agents or make trades. Beginning at 6 pm ET on June 30, teams can negotiate deals with free agents. However, those players cannot officially sign until 12:01 pm ET on July 6.
All deals struck during the moratorium period are characterized as deals, but do not count toward team salary and are not binding on the player or team. Either party can back out of this situation, a scenario that took place in 2015 when DeAndre Jordan reneged on his verbal agreement with the Dallas Mavericks to re-sign with the then-title holders LA Clippers.
In case you missed it, there’s one part of it that’s especially important to Suns fans. No transactions can be made during the moratorium period.
That means if the Suns are determined to trade Deandre Ayton, it won’t happen until July 6 at the earliest. Also, if DA signs an offer sheet from another team, the Suns will have 48 hours to decide whether or not to match it. There’s also a bit of a catch to that, as the 48-hour period won’t start until the moratorium period is over. That means if DA signs an offer sheet on July 1, the Suns have until July 8 to decide whether he will match it.
However, all signs seem to be that him getting an offer sheet from another team isn’t very good. Very few teams have or can create enough cap space to make a max offer and tie up all of that cap space until July 8 (while also missing out on using that cap space to sign unrestricted free agents) is a gamble.
Remember when Eric Bledsoe was a restricted free agent in 2014? While he was far from DA level, he was highly regarded at the time, but received no offer sheets. The Suns let it be known that they would match, and other teams decided to commit their free-agent dollars elsewhere. Bledsoe originally wanted 5 years and $84 million (then the maximum) and the Suns offered 4 years and $48 million. Both sides refused to budge at first but, after a lengthy standoff, Bledsoe and the Suns finally reached a compromise and signed a new $70 million, 5-year deal. at the end of September of that year.
While the situation with DA isn’t exactly the same, it’s close enough that I’m concerned that nothing will be accomplished early this summer. Bledsoe just wanted more money. I’m not entirely sure if that is everybody DA wants. If he really wants out as soon as possible, he might not take as long as he did with Bledsoe, but the Suns probably won’t take the first offer they get to sign and trade. They’re also not likely to let negotiations drag on all summer, but don’t expect things to happen quickly, especially if DA doesn’t get offer sheets.
The highlights of the 2021-22 season
SUNS in NETS | FULL GAME HIGHLIGHTS | November 27, 2021
WARRIORS in SOLES | FULL GAME HIGHLIGHTS | November 30, 2021
PISTONS in SOLES | FULL GAME HIGHLIGHTS | December 2, 2021
quotes of the week
“There are several guys (in the draft) that we’re targeting. Just the deals we had, they didn’t come together. But I thought the draft had some depth of quality in some of the positions. Ultimately, we were unable to execute some of those trades and now we look forward to free agency.” -James Jones
“No, man, we have all the players that are in the processed draft on our board. When you get down to it, if you look at the mix of fit, skill set, talent, need, you usually find yourself somewhere with about 10 guys that you know really fit in at a high level.” – James Jones when asked asked if the board ends with around 20 players or less.
News and notes
Let’s set the odds: Which team will Deandre Ayton play for next? barker
1 monumental move the Suns need to make this offseason. the cold thread
General manager James Jones clarifies ESPN’s article on the Phoenix Suns draft strategy. arizona sports
Mikal Bridges’ strong warning to the Suns amid Cam Johnson trade rumors. clutch points
Watch: Mikal Bridges with Microphone at JUGLIFE Celebrity Softball Game | Phoenix Suns. VIDEO Yardbarker
“Devin Booker, you’re not going to beat me with my own move!”: When Kobe Bryant was hilariously outspoken after the Suns star tried his trademark on him. sports fever
This Week in Suns History and Suns Trivia
On June 28, 1988, the Suns drafted Dan Majerle in the first round (14th pick) of the 1988 NBA Draft. Most fans booed the selection when it was made.
On June 28, 2008, the Suns traded Malik Hairston, cash, and a 2009 second-round draft pick (DeJuan Blair was later selected) to the San Antonio Spurs for Goran Dragic.
During game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals in 2010, Dragic led a Phoenix Suns comeback against the team that originally drafted him, the San Antonio Spurs, scoring 23 of his 26 total points in the fourth quarter. He scored his points on 10/13 FG attempts, including 5/5 3-pointers and a 4-point play, as the Suns overcame an early 18-point deficit to beat the Spurs 110-96 and take a 3-0 lead in their game. to the best of seven series in the Western Conference Semifinals.
Dragic also won the NBA Most Improved Player award in 2014, making him one of only three Suns players to have won the award, the other two being Kevin Johnson (1989) and Boris Diaw (2006). .
On June 30, 1999, the Suns drafted Shawn Marion in the first round (ninth pick) of the 1999 NBA Draft with the draft pick they acquired from the Dallas Mavericks for Steve Nash the previous year.
In his 9 seasons with the Suns, Shawn Marion scored 12,134 points (4th on the Suns’ all-time leaders list), grabbed 6,616 rebounds (2nd all-time), dished out 1,332 assists (17th all-time) , had 1,245 steals (second-most of all time), blocked 894 shots (third-most of all time), and made 652 3-pointers (fifth-most of all time). His career playoff total of 706 rebounds is the highest in franchise history.
On July 3, 1992, the Suns signed 33-year-old NBA veteran and 11-year-old Danny Ainge as a free agent. Ainge would play his final 3 NBA seasons with the Suns before retiring in 1995. A year later, Ainge would return to Phoenix as the Suns’ head coach for three full seasons and part of a fourth before abruptly resigning after 20 games. in 1999. citing the need to spend more time with his family. He was replaced by assistant coach Scott Skiles. The Suns made the playoffs in each of Ainge’s 3 full seasons as a HC, but were eliminated in the first round all three years.
Classic Soles Highlights
“Best fourth-quarter playoff performance ever” – Grant Hill | Goran Dragic vs Spurs
Shawn Marion Full Recap 2006.02.22 vs Celtics – Career High 44 Points!
Important Future Dates
July 6th – Free agency moratorium period ends. Teams can officially begin signing players, extending players and completing trades. The two-day window to match a signed RFA offer sheet begins during the moratorium.
July 7-17 – NBA Summer League (Las Vegas)
- Friday, July 8 – Suns vs. Lakers 7:00 p.m. AZT (ESPN2)
- Sunday, July 10 – Suns vs Wizards 2:30pp AZT (NBATV)
- Tuesday, July 12 – Suns vs. Mavericks 7:00 p.m. AZT (ESPN2)
- Friday, July 15 – Suns vs. Kings, 5:00 p.m. AZT (NBATV)
- (A fifth and final TBD game on the 16th or 17th).
July 13 – Last day for teams to unilaterally withdraw qualifying offers to restricted free agents.
August 31 – Last day for teams to waive players and apply the stretch provision to their 2022/23 salaries.
September 5 – Last day for teams to submit required offers for unsigned second-round picks; those players become free agents on September 6 if they are not introduced.
end of september (specific dates TBA) – Training camps open.