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Suns’ Alex Len Frustrated With Lack Of Playing Time

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Phoenix Suns center Alex Len knows that this season is critical to proving his long-term viability as an NBA center and a member of the Suns.

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.”

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Suns Pick Up Options on Deandre Ayton, Mikal Bridges

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The Phoenix Suns have officially exercised the third-year rookie options on Deandre Ayton and Mikal Bridges, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Ayton, who is entering his second season after the Suns landed him with the 1st overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, will earn an estimated $10,018,200 million during the 2020-2021 season.

Bridges, the 10th overall pick in the 2018 draft, will make $4,359,000 million in 2020-2021.

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Suns, Kelly Oubre Agree To Two-Year Deal

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The Phoenix Suns and forward Kelly Oubre, a restricted free agent, have agreed to terms on a two-year, $30 million deal, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

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.

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Suns’ Ricky Rubio Believes He is Hitting his Prime

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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.

“The culture is changing here. You can see with the moves they’ve made, going in the right direction” Rubio said, during an appearance on “Burns & Gambo” of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.

“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.”

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