Center of the Sun: Suns’ search for Durant continues, NBA Summer League kicks off this week in Las Vegas


Welcome to the weekly Phoenix Suns news roundup.

At 9:01 am AZ time on Wednesday, July 6, the free agency moratorium period ends and teams can officially begin signing/extending players and completing trades. Will the Suns have all of their offseason deals tied up and ready for final signings by then? Not likely.

However, some free agent signings don’t really have to wait. Newcomers Damion Lee and Josh Okogie have already been signed as veteran minimum, rookie contracts and two-way contract signings are exempt from the no-sign moratorium rule. Bismack Biyombo’s re-signing is likely to go quickly and the trade for Jock Landale is one step away from becoming official.

Working out a potential trade for Kevin Durant along with a potential sign-and-trade for Deandre Ayton will likely take more time to iron out all the details. And there’s still a chance that a team could suddenly jump in and give DA an offer sheet. The two-day period to match a signed RFA offer sheet during the moratorium doesn’t start until then, so it doesn’t really matter if the offer sheet arrives now or Wednesday morning. The details of any of these things could be worked out later today or could take weeks … although it’s not in the best interest of the Suns or the Nets to let them drag on that long. The real issue could be finding a third team to be part of the deal if Phoenix and Brooklyn can’t come to a mutually acceptable deal.


And, of course, there’s always the chance that a KD deal will eventually fall apart and the Suns will have to change direction. There’s also the possibility that the Suns can’t find a signing and trade partner for Ayton or the DA doesn’t like the fate/deal and rejects the trade (which is his right in an S&T situation). There are so many possible scenarios and variations of scenarios that I won’t try to list them all.

However, make no mistake in judging the small signings/trades the Suns have already made. Lee, Okogie and Landale are bench players coming in (or coming back) to round out the roster, not to be important rotation pieces. Biyombo is likely to be the only rotation player in the group and as a big backup. Who will start at 5 if the DA is changed? His guess is as good as mine because we have no idea who the Suns would get back for DA … or if Ayton will end up being traded.

In other news, the Las Vegas NBA Summer League kicks off this Thursday with the Summer League Suns playing two games this weekend on Friday (against the Lakers) and Sunday (against the Wizards). Last night, they finally announced their Summer League minicamp roster:

  • Brancou Badio6′ 3” guard (Senegal)
  • Vrenz Bleijenbergh6′ 10” SF (Belgium)
  • Tyson Carter6′ 4” SG (Mississippi State)
  • ahmed carver6′ 2″ PG (Old Domain)
  • jehyve floyd6′ 8″ C (Santa Cruz)
  • Karim Jallow6′ 6″ SG/SF (Germany)
  • louis king6′ 8” SF (Oregon)
  • Jo Lual-Acuil Jr, 6′ 11” C (Baylor)
  • Markis McDuffie6′ 8″ SF (Wichita State)
  • leonardo meindl6′ 7” SF (Brazil)
  • Asbjorn Midtgaard7′ 0” C (Grand Canyon)
  • Duo Reath6′ 11” PF/C (LSU)
  • Olivier Sarr7′ 0” C (Kentucky)
  • kameron taylor6′ 6” SG/SF (Seton Hall)
  • Dejan Vasiljević6′ 3″ SG (Miami)
  • ish wainright6′ 6” square feet (Baylor)
  • McKinley-Wright IV5′ 11″ PG (Colorado)
  • Kevin Zhang6′ 10” PF (Tulane)

It was previously announced that Gabriel “Ife” Lundberg, whom the Suns signed to a two-way deal last season, would be on the team this summer, but his name was not on the Suns’ released minicamp list. Ish Wainright will arrive directly playing in Africa for Uganda at the FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup 2023 Qualifiers, where he averaged 19.5 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists while playing in SF.

Happy 4th of July! I hope that’s not the only reason for the fireworks today.

The highlights of the 2021-22 season




quote of the week

“It’s amazing man. Going to camps as a kid, he’s just great. To be in my position right now and do the same for the kids, it’s amazing.” – Mikal Bridges at his first youth basketball camp

News and notes

The Nets are reportedly looking for a “historical run” on potential trade deals for Kevin Durant. audacity

Kevin Durant’s viral tweet amid trade rumors. quick rest

RUMOR: The real reason Kevin Durant wants to play for the Suns. clutch points

ESPN NBA insider Brian Windhorst predicts that Kevin Durant will land with the Suns. barker

Two Eastern Conference teams potentially targeting Jae Crowder. barker

While the Suns sort out free agency, Mikal Bridges meets young basketball campers. Cronkite News

NBA free agents 2022 hoops rumors

NBA salary cap projected to increase by nearly $12 million. barker

This Week in Suns History and Suns Trivia

On July 5, 1988, the Phoenix Suns officially signed power forward Tom Chambers, formerly of the Seattle Supersonics, to a 5-year, $9 million contract. This was the first unrestricted free agent signing in NBA history.

On July 7, 1982, the Suns traded PF Truck Robinson for PF Maurice Lucas of the NY Knicks. Truck had been with Phoenix for three seasons averaging 18.4 points and 9.6 rebounds as the Sun, but he had struggled in the 1982 NBA Playoffs and criticized head coach John MacLeod for a lack of minutes. .

How Maurice Lucas found out about being traded to Phoenix

The Enforcers: Maurice Lucas, Charles Barkley, Rick Mahorn Interview

On July 7, 2016, the Suns signed rookie draft picks Dragan Bender (4th), Marquese Chriss (8th), and Tyler Ulis (34th) to multi-year contracts. Despite high hopes for Bender and Chriss’ lottery picks, none of the three stayed with the team beyond their rookie contracts and only Chriss still plays in the NBA.

On July 8, 2010, after contract negotiations stalled, the Suns worked out a sign-and-trade deal that sent five-time All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire to the New York Knicks for a second-round pick from the 2012 draft (which did not air) and a traded player exception. In a separate but related deal, they also traded a 2011 second-round draft pick to the Chicago Bulls for Hakim Warrick. Nicknamed “Amare-lite” by some, Warrick would prove to be just “lite” with the Suns. He would eventually wind up outside the NBA and play abroad beginning in 2013.

On July 10, 2013, as part of a 3-team trade, the Suns traded a 2014 2nd round draft pick to the Milwaukee Bucks and Jared Dudley to the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers traded a 2016 second-round pick to the Bucks and traded Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler to the Phoenix Suns. The Milwaukee Bucks traded JJ Redick to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Shortly before training camp began, Butler would be traded by the Suns to the Milwaukee Bucks for Ish Smith and Slava Kravtsov. The only time he would wear a Suns uniform would be during the preseason unveiling of the team’s new uniforms 2 weeks before the trade.

Classic Soles Highlights

Memory: Amar’e Stoudemire 42 Points Full Summary vs Lakers – 2010 WCF G3

Eric Bledsoe Full Recap vs Kings (2013.12.13) – Career-high 28 points, 8 assists, 2 blocks

Next Week Preview – NBA Summer League Games!

Friday, July 8 Suns vs. Lakers 7:00 p.m. AZT (ESPN2)

Sunday, July 10 – Suns vs. Wizards 2:30 p.p. AZT (NBATV)

No predictions! However, hopefully the games will be fun to watch.

Important Future Dates

July 7-17 – NBA Summer League (Las Vegas)

  • 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 ? – Schedules for the regular season are expected to be released.

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.

October 22 – The regular season begins.

February 17-19 – NBA Weekend/All-Star Game 2023 (Salt Lake City, UT)