Three games into the young season, the Phoenix Suns have already fired their coach Earl Watson. On Oct. 22, it was announced that Watson had been fired and Jay Triano will be the interim head coach for the rest of the season.
On the same day, Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe sent out a very telling tweet about how he feels about Phoenix.
I Dont wanna be here
— Eric Bledsoe (@EBled2) October 22, 2017
Wow. That’s a statement. Phoenix is in early contention with the New York Knicks for the “Most Dysfunctional Franchise” award. By the looks of it, they may be in the lead. This type of mismanagement can doom a franchise for years to come, and it is looking like it will with Phoenix.
ESPN Sources: Eric Bledsoe met with team this morning before shootaround and he was sent home. He will not play tonight against Sacramento.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) October 23, 2017
This manifested itself when Bledsoe was sent home after the Suns’ practice, and did not play in their game vs Sacramento on Monday. Somehow the Suns won that game 117-115, but that is not the point.
Phoenix will now have to resort to a pennies on the dollar trade involving Bledsoe, where they will lose a solid player for next to nothing, similar to what Indiana did with Paul George and what New York did with Carmelo Anthony. This will further set up the Suns to be lottery contenders for the next decade, and the front office has no one else to blame but themselves.
Not only is the front office incapable of handling a franchise, their on-court performance is horrible as well. The Suns allowed 128.7 points per game over their first three games and ranked dead last in net rating (-26.2) according to Bleacher Report and NBA.com’s database.
The talent the team has put on the court is sub-par in all senses of the word, and whoever is the number one pick is most likely headed to the desert. Hopefully they enjoy constant coaching changes and losing 70 percent of their games.
Phoenix can fire Earl Watson, but that will not change their fate. What they really need is a change in front office.
Suns, Kelly Oubre Agree To Two-Year Deal
According to The Athletic’s Michael Scotto, Oubre’s new deal is fully guaranteed with no options.
Oubre, 23, inked a new contract that has a descending structure, with a $15.7 million first-year salary, according to Arizona Sports 98.7’s John Gambadoro.
Oubre shined following a trade that sent him from the Washington Wizards to the Suns last season, and in 40 games with Phoenix, including 12 starts, Oubre was averaging 16.9 PPG, 4.9 RPG, and 1.4 SPG, all career numbers, prior to a thumb injury that sidelined him.
Oubre and the Suns may work out a longer-term deal in the future, but this current deal keeps him in Phoenix for the next two years and allows Oubre the potential to hit unrestricted free agency at the age of 25.
Suns’ Ricky Rubio Believes He is Hitting his Prime
Phoenix Suns veteran point guard Ricky Rubio, whom they signed during free agency, believes that he is just now entering his prime.
Rubio, who is a long-needed answer at point guard for the Suns, is excited to join the team and likes where they are heading.
“I’m about to hit my prime, physically, and mentally, so, I wanted to have a place where I can show that.”
Rubio is the veteran presence that may pair perfectly with Suns superstar Devin Booker, and drew interest from a number of teams during free agency.
“It’s been a crazy summer” Rubio said. “It was my first time in free agency so I had to figure out how it worked, when a team asks you to be a big part of the project, I thought I had to keep them in mind. It came down to the last minute but I took a big opportunity here in Phoenix.”
Rubio believes that at 28, he is the best he has ever been and feels he has a lot of basketball left in him.
“Yeah, I’m 28″ Rubio said.
“Physically I feel stronger than ever. The last 3-4 years have been healthy seasons overall. I feel like I have a lot of basketball ahead of me and still the best is yet to come.”
Suns’ James Jones Discusses TJ Warren, Josh Jackson Trades
Phoenix Suns general manager James Jones has been a busy man this offseason, and part of that activity saw him trade away TJ Warren and Josh Jackson.
Jones chalked it up to the team just growing, and maturing.
“It’s just the maturation of a team,” Jones said, according to Kellan Olson of Arizona Sports 98.7 Radio. “When we looked at our team, we knew our two young building blocks were Devin (Booker) and Deandre (Ayton) and so every move we made after that was really to add guys that would complement and help them become better players.
Jones praised the players, with Warren likely the most deserving of the praise, and wished both the best in the future.
“The guys that we moved on from are great players, they’re great talents — we wish them the best. But when you’re building a team you have to make tough decisions so we made decisions that we thought would help us and (added) proven guys that would help us.”
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