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  • Devin Booker
    SG, Phoenix Suns

    Monty Williams said that he wants to play Devin Booker and Ricky Rubio less than their typical minute allotment when the NBA resumes in Orlando.

    The Suns have extremely slim playoff hopes and Williams doesn't want to risk one of the team's starting guards sustaining an injury in what amounts to a meaningless game. Expect similar moves from plenty of teams who realistically have no shot at the playoffs, even if they don't declare as much publicly. Anyone playing fantasy games for the eight-game restart should familiarize themselves with the depth charts on such teams and maybe downgrade some of the bigger names in case their minutes are limited.

    Source: Valley Tales

  • Cameron Payne
    PG, Phoenix Suns

    The Suns and G Cameron Payne have agreed to a two-year contract on Tuesday.

    The Suns have a gluttony of guards, so there is little chance that Payne will have an impact when the season resumes, assuming the team stays healthy.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • Jared Harper
    PG, Phoenix Suns

    The Suns have reportedly waived Jared Harper.

    Harper was confirmed to be waived by James Jones back in March, but apparently he wasn't officially waived due to the transaction freeze brought on by the league's suspension. The rookie should be able to stay on the NBA radar for a while longer, though Summer League could look very interesting this offseason.

    Source: Marc Stein on Twitter

  • Devin Booker
    SG, Phoenix Suns

    Two members of the Suns have tested positive for Coronavirus, per Duane Rankin of AZ Central.

    This is notable but not necessarily surprising considering how rampant the spread of COVID-19 is in Arizona, which was one of the first states to reopen. The Suns have shut down voluntary workouts as a result of the positive tests.

    Source: AZ Central

  • Kelly Oubre Jr.
    SF, Phoenix Suns

    According to Shams Charania of the Athletic, Kelly Oubre Jr. will be sidelined for the resumption of the 2019-20 season as he continues to rehab from a torn right meniscus.

    It was reported in early June that Oubre would be able to take the floor when the season resumes in Orlando. However, it appears as if Oubre would have to wait until 2020-21. If Oubre is out once the season resumes, Mikal Bridges and Cameron Johnson are expected to soak up most of the minutes at the small forward position.

    Source: Stadium on Twitter

  • Kelly Oubre Jr.
    SF, Phoenix Suns

    Kelly Oubre Jr. (torn right meniscus) will be able to take the floor for the Suns when the NBA returns to play in Orlando on July 31, the team's owner Robert Sarver said on Friday.

    This is phenomenal news for the Suns, as Oubre had really been having a breakout season for the Suns (18.7 PTS, 6.4 REB, 1.5 AST, 1.3 STL, 0.7 BLK and 1.9 threes per game in 34.5 minutes) prior to going down with a torn meniscus in late February. He was originally expected to miss the rest of the 2019-20 season, but due to the pandemic he has recovered and will evidently be fully functional for a team that currently sits in 13th place in the Western Conference. They will have quite the uphill battle to force their way into the playoff field in August, as there will only be eight regular season games played before the playoffs are set.

    Source: Arizona Sports

  • Zion Williamson
    PF, New Orleans Pelicans

    Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Pelicans, Blazers, Suns, Kings, Spurs and Wizards will be the six non-playoff teams resuming action when the NBA restarts.

    This makes complete sense, as they're the only non-playoff teams that can sniff the postseason. Woj backs up an earlier Shams Charania report about a potential play-in tournament for the final playoff spot in each Conference as well. If the ninth seed trails the eighth seed by more than four games when the league's truncated regular season wraps up, the eighth seed makes the playoffs. If the deficit is under four games, however, the two teams will compete in a play-in tournament that is double-elimination for the eighth seed and single-elimination for the ninth.

    Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

  • Kelly Oubre Jr.
    SF, Phoenix Suns

    According to Duane Rankin of the Arizona Republic, Kelly Oubre Jr. (right knee surgery) "may very well be ready to play" when the NBA season resumes.

    Oubre underwent surgery in early March and was looking at a 4-6 week timetable, so there is a lot of legs to this story. The Suns are currently six games back of the Grizzlies for the eighth seed in the Western Conference, and won't rush Oubre back if he isn't 100 percent when the NBA is back up and running.

    Source: AZ Central

  • Frank Kaminsky
    PF, Phoenix Suns

    Frank Kaminsky (right patella stress fracture) is "through the healing process," per GM James Jones, but has yet to resume on-court work.

    Court access has proven to be a problem for the entire NBA at this point, especially those players who are trying to recover from injuries. While Kaminsky was set to be re-evaluated in mid-March, the team described him as still being far from a return. While he's certainly closer to getting back on the floor, there are no guarantees that he'd be ready to play if/when the season resumes.

    Source: Kellan Olson on Twitter

  • Kelly Oubre Jr.
    SF, Phoenix Suns

    While Kelly Oubre is doing well in his recovery from knee surgery, he still hasn't been able to test things out on the court.

    This isn't a surprise considering the inability of most players to get on any court these days, let alone in situations that will help re-strengthen the knee with any kind of intensity. Oubre was expected to miss the rest of the season when he underwent surgery in early March but it's possible he can return to action if the NBA season resumes at some point.

    Source: Kellan Olson on Twitter

  • Cameron Johnson
    SF, Phoenix Suns

    Cameron Johnson is fully cleared from mononucleosis that he has been battling for the past few weeks.

    Johnson missed the final three games before the league was suspended due to mononucleosis, but will be ready to go when the season starts up again. Johnson was looking at an expanded role with Kelly Oubre Jr. injured, but there is now a chance that Oubre Jr. will be ready a situation to monitor when the season gets ready to resume.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Jared Harper
    PG, Phoenix Suns

    The Suns have waived rookie Jared Harper on Saturday.

    Harper was on a two-way deal with the Suns and had been spending his time in the G League. The Suns are stacked at the PG position with the likes of Elie Okobo, Ty Jerome and Jalen Lecque clogging up their rotation behind Ricky Rubio.

    Source: AZ Central

  • Frank Kaminsky
    PF, Phoenix Suns

    Frank Kaminsky (right patella stress fracture) will be re-evaluated at some point this week.

    Kaminsky was "still a ways away" according to coach Monty Williams on March 3 so the re-evaluation doesn't necessarily mean he's close. Nonetheless, the suspension of the NBA should give him plenty of extra time to heal after missing the previous 32 games so he may be good to go once the season resumes.

    Source: Arizona Republic

  • Cameron Johnson
    SF, Phoenix Suns

    Cameron Johnson (mononucleosis) should be cleared for action if the season resumes mid-April.

    Johnson missed the Suns' last three games and was scheduled to be re-evaluated in two weeks as of March 9 so the layoff should give him plenty of time to get back to full health. The rookie lottery pick was a three-point specialist in super-deep leagues, averaging 1.9 triples in 20.3 minutes. He was playing slightly more with Oubre out of the lineup but should be back around 20 minutes if the Suns return to full health.

    Source: Arizona Republic

  • Kelly Oubre Jr.
    SF, Phoenix Suns

    Kelly Oubre Jr. (torn right meniscus) may be back in the lineup if the NBA regular season resumes in mid-April.

    Oubre was scheduled to be re-evaluated after four weeks as of March 3 so if the NBA does resume in mid-April, he may be ready to go after the six-week layoff. In the seven games Oubre has missed with the injury, Dario Saric has stepped into the starting lineup and is averaging 30.3 minutes while Mikal Bridges has been playing a whopping 39.4 minutes per game so they might be scaled back a tad if Oubre does return.

    Source: Arizona Republic