May 23, 2019, 8:59 amRichaun Holmes - F/C - Phoenix Suns
Richaun Holmes was arrested on Wednesday night for a misdemeanor marijuana charge in Miami-Dade.
It's the second time a Suns player has been arrested in Miami-Dade, the southeastern-most county in Florida, this month – Josh Jackson was arrested at Rolling Loud, a music festival. Holmes was ironically booked as "Richard" Holmes, which we would certainly spin as an ode to how underrated he is. James Webb, who last played for the Nets in 2017-18, was also arrested. They were charged with possession of cannabis and spent a few hours in jail before posting bond. We'll see if this has any affect on Holmes' upcoming free agency.
Source: David Ovalle on Miami Herald
May 13, 2019, 7:08 pmJosh Jackson - F - Phoenix Suns
According to John Gambadoro, the Suns will try to trade Josh Jackson this summer.
It's not a coincidence that this report comes out the same day that Jackson gets arrested. It's also not surprising that the Suns would want to move on from Jackson given Mikal Bridges is a better defender and shooter. Jackson's value is low right now so we'll see if any teams actually make an offer. Don't expect much noise on this until the draft gets closer.
Source: Evan Sidery on Twitter
May 13, 2019, 2:39 pmJosh Jackson - F - Phoenix Suns
According to Andy Slater, Josh Jackson was arrested at the Rolling Loud festival in Miami for trying to enter VIP areas many times without a proper pass.
Jackson also ran away from police officers as they tried to handcuff him which only made things worse. He was charged with escape and resisting arrest and the Suns are almost definitely going to launch an investigation into what happened. The NBA might also get involved and it’s highly likely that Jackson will face some sort of suspension for his actions.
Source: Andy Slater on Twitter
May 2, 2019, 1:17 pmMikal Bridges - F - Phoenix Suns
Mikal Bridges averaged 1.3 threes per game this season but it came on shooting just 31 percent on threes classified as wide open.
Bridges was a productive set shooter at Villanova, hitting threes at a 44 percent clip in his junior year. He was able to knock down more than a three per game this season, but that came on 3.8 attempts. Bridges flashed serious upside on the defensive end in his rookie season, and an improvement in his 3-point shooting will allow him to take the next leap into the top-70 for fantasy value.
Source: David Locke on Twitter
April 23, 2019, 10:06 amDevin Booker - G - Phoenix Suns
Shams Charania of the Athletic is reporting that the first two coaches the Suns will request permission to interview for their head coach opening are Monty Williams and David Vanterpool.
The Suns seem to have their eyes set to Williams as both Suns GM James Jones and VP of basketball operations Jeff Bower have worked with him in the past. Vanterpool is a former NBA journeyman who has been an assistant coach with the Blazers since 2012.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
April 18, 2019, 1:16 pmDeandre Ayton - C - Phoenix Suns
When asked what he'll be focusing on this offseason, Deandre Ayton mentiong ball-handling and 3-point shooting.
Ayton didn't mention his defense, which might be something that the Suns should encourage. Regardless, Ayton looks like he's trying to grow into a true modern big man who can push the ball in transition and stretch the floor a bit. He's a decent mid-range shooter and hits his free throws at a good clip so working on an outside shot shouldn't be a monumental stretch or anything. He was already a third-round player in his rookie season, and if he can add some assists and threes to his game without sacrificing efficiency then we could see another jump in year two.
Source: The Athletic
April 9, 2019, 11:15 pmDevin Booker - G - Phoenix Suns
Devin Booker sat out the final game on Tuesday with a left ankle sprain, but his strides in efficiency and playmaking give the Suns hope for next season.
Booker played in 64 games and missed time due to various injuries. Back spasms, hamstring tightness and an ankle injury would eventually shut him down at the end of the season, but he continues to show developments in his playmaking abilities as he finished the season averaging 6.8 assists. His scoring numbers have also improved across the board, averaging 26.6 points and 2.1 3s on .467 shooting. The efficiency is what propelled him into top-55-35 value (9/8 cat). If you played in head-to-head leagues then you got to enjoy the best three-game scoring stretch by any player this season during the fantasy playoffs, where Booker scored 59, 50 and 48 points in consecutive games. Of course the Suns lost each of those games, but Booker has an incredible ability to score and has improved his passing and playmaking each season. His ascent in the fantasy ranks will continue next season whether or not the Suns actually provide him help.
April 9, 2019, 11:14 pmTyler Johnson - G - Phoenix Suns
Tyler Johnson sat out the final game against the Mavs on Tuesday with a knee injury.
Johnson had a decent streak of games in Phoenix, but overall his impact was limited as he isn't a consistent shooter. The Suns made a headscratching move trading for him and he's clearly not the answer at point guard but if he logs 30 minutes a night, then he has streaming appeal. Otherwise, he's too inconsistent to rely on as he finishes the year outisde the top-150 in value on every measure.
April 9, 2019, 11:13 pmDeandre Ayton - C - Phoenix Suns
Deandre Ayton's successful rookie season ended on the sidelines on Tuesday with a left ankle sprain.
Ayton wasn't able to finish off his season due to a sprained ankle which cost him 11 games, but he had impressive rookie season. We pegged him as a guy who would take advantage of a friendly situation on the offensive end and he took care of business there, averaging 16.3 points on .585 shooting. He also hauled 10.3 rebounds and was able to deliver some defensive stats with 0.9 steals and 0.9 blocks per game. His improvements on defense in the latter half of the season were noticeable and he finishes the year a top-35-40 value in 9/8 cat leagues. There's definitely room for improvement and although he's not as flashy as his fellow rookies, Ayton has already shaped up into a borderline elite fantasy asset.
April 9, 2019, 11:13 pmTJ Warren - F - Phoenix Suns
T.J. Warren ended a disappointing season the bench against the Mavs on Tuesday.
Warren was on an absolute tear to start the year, averaging 18.0 points, 1.8 3s, 1.2 steals and 0.7 blocks on .486 shooting in 43 games. After his game against the Wolves on January 22nd, Warren would miss the entirety of the season with an ankle injury, making him one of the most dissappointing players in the 2018-2019 season. He posted top-50 numbers on a per-game basis but because he missed the majority of the season he finished outisde the top-160 in total value. Now he'll have to deal with Mikal Bridges and Kelly Oubre on the wings which will make producing those numbers a lot tougher.
April 9, 2019, 11:12 pmRichaun Holmes - F/C - Phoenix Suns
Richaun Holmes was sidelined with an ankle sprain on Tuesday but was able to gleam in limited minutes this year.
A Hoop Ball favorite, Holmes somehow managed to produce top-130-150 value (9/8 cat) on the season in only 16.9 minutes per game. He gave Deandre Ayton a run for his money during his strong stretch of play from November-January and on a per-36 basis he produces at a top-40 level. We've seen the monster lines and his production when given minutes so there's no doubt the talent is there. He plays with an extremely high motor and he does everything you want from a modern big in the NBA. Some lucky team is going to sign him this offseason and we're hoping it's one that can give him a larger role than the one he had this year.
April 9, 2019, 11:11 pmKelly Oubre Jr. - F - Phoenix Suns
Kelly Oubre Jr. couldn't finish the season for the Suns, but his strong stretch of play towards the end of the year gives the team some optimism next season.
Oubre flourished on the Suns, posting top-50 value in Phoenix with averages of 16.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.7 3s on .453 shooting. He missed the last 11 games of the season with a thumb injury, but he's by far the most capable two-way wing on the Suns and should get ample opportunity to build off his strong play next year.