But playing time has been scarce for Len, who knows that he needs to take his game to the next level this season.
“I want to be out there and I want to compete,” Len said, according to Scott Bordow of The Arizona Republic.
“I put in the work hoping to show my skills on the court. So when you’re not able to help your team it’s frustrating.”
Suns interim coach Jay Triano has found it difficult to balance minutes between Len, Greg Monroe and Tyson Chandler which often times has seen Len’s minutes drastically reduced.
“It’s been hard to get him playing time,” Triano said. “When you have veteran players in front of you sometimes they’re going to demand the playing time. I have to find ways to get Alex in because he has been good and he’s rebounded the ball for us.”
“I’ve tried to win games and I thought the veteran guys would help us do that.”
Len knows that the Suns roster is packed with big men, making it even harder to find minutes.
“We’ve just got too many bigs,” Len stated. “Obviously I want to win for the Phoenix Suns but at the same time when you play you showcase yourself for the other 29 teams. I try not to think about it.”
“I showed this team – and teams around the league – what I can do when I get in there. I rebounded well, I finished around the rim. If coach needs me, I’m here.”
Sixers Trade Ricaun Holmes To Suns
Holmes, 24, averaged 6.5 ppg and 4.4 rebounds per game for the Sixers last season.
The trade marks the second trade of the day for the Suns, who also shipped Jared Dudley off to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Darrell Arthur who will be bought out.
Suns Retaining Davon Reed, Shaq Harrison
Reed, who missed the majority of his rookie season due to a knee injury, had a partial guarantee of $689K on his $1.38M salary, according to Basketball Insiders.
Reed was one of the bright spots for the Suns during Summer League play, averaging 13.4 PPG, 4.4 RPG, and 3.0 APG per game.
Harrison played in 23 games for Phoenix last season, averaging 6.6 PPG, 2.7 RPG, and 2.4 APG per contest.
Suns Trade Jared Dudley to Nets for Darrell Arthur
The Phoenix Suns and the Brooklyn Nets have completed a trade that will send veteran forward Jared Dudley and a top-35 protected 2021 second-round pick to Brooklyn for Darrell Arthur, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The move seems to be for financial purposes.
Arthur has an expiring deal of $7.46M and is likely to be bought out by Phoenix and Dudley, who has a $9.53M expiring contract is likely to be bought out as well.
The deal seems to indicate that another trade is on the horizon for the Suns, who will have $3M in cap space after all is said an done, including buyouts, and could use other roster moves to create additional space.
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