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Suns’ Marquese Chriss Talks About Weight Management Struggles

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Phoenix Suns forward Marquese Chriss is clearly struggling this season, but the 20-year old still has the potential for a solid NBA career as a starter.

While Chriss has struggled on the court, he apparently has had issues off of it with his weight management.

“I let myself get to a place where I shouldn’t have been,” said Chriss about his struggles with his weight, per Scott Bordow of AZ Central.

“I think it happens to a lot of people. For me it was a learning experience.”

Chriss has promised to turn things around.

“I needed to learn how to manage. I needed to grow up in that aspect of my life so I’m grateful that it happened sooner rather than later,” Chriss said.

Chriss is slowly regressing after a promising rookie season and hopes that he can turn things around in the right direction moving forward.

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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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Suns’ James Jones Discusses TJ Warren, Josh Jackson Trades

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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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