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Suns’ Mike James Will Be First Player To Graduate From 2-way Contract To Regular Deal

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The Phoenix Suns have improved this season, but there still isn’t a lot to celebrate in the Valley of the Sun, especially with the injury to superstar Devin Booker.

However, Suns point guard Mike James, and the franchise, made a little history this week, one worth celebrating.

The Suns are converting the two-way contract of rookie guard Mike James into a regular NBA contract on Thursday, according to ESPN.

James is the first two-way player to have his deal converted in this manner.

Two-way deals were introduced to the league this season as part of the NBA’s new collective bargaining agreement and allow for a combined NBA and G-League affiliate contract.

James, 27, will have exhausted his 45 days on an NBA roster on Thursday. James has averaged 10.5 points and 4.5 assists for the Suns this season and played well in an increased role following the trade of Eric Bledsoe to the Milwaukee Bucks.

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Suns Expected to Move Trevor Ariza

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Amid another dreadful season, there is growing belief around the league that the Phoenix Suns will make Trevor Ariza available when December 15th, the first day players who signed free-agent contracts this past summer are eligible to be traded, rolls around.

According to the New York Times Marc Stein, Ariza, who inked a one-year, $15 million deal with Phoenix during the offseason, is a candidate to be bought out by the Suns, who did the same thing with Tyson Chandler earlier this season, although the Suns are hoping to gauge interest on the trade market for a fair return.

Ariza could be a nice spark for a team down the stretch of the season, and the Suns’ need at point guard could present an opportunity for the Suns to piece together a package featuring Ariza, to land a more permanent solution at their glaring hole at the point guard position.

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Suns Targeting Santa Cruz Warriors’ Darius Morris for Short Term Solution at Point Guard

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The Phoenix Suns continue to scour the free agent and trade market to find a long-term answer at the point guard position, a major hole on their roster, and will now turn their attention to a short term solution as the work towards that goal.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Suns are targeting G League options such as Santa Cruz’s Darius Morris following the injury to Devin Booker, who re-aggravated his left hamstring injury Sunday as Phoenix faced the Los Angeles Lakers.

Morris has been impressive thus far in the G League this season, averaging 19.5 points, and 6.7 assists per game.

 

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Suns’ Devin Booker Willing to Help Recruit Players to Phoenix

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Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker knows that the Suns have young talent on the team, but the team may need to land a marquee free agent to be competitive in the Western Conference, and is willing to help the team recruit players to Phoenix.

“I’ll do whatever I have to do,” Booker told Shaun Powell of NBA.com, when asked about recruiting help in the near future. “I think Phoenix is a place where people can see the potential, see our young nucleus.”

Booker has seen a lot of losing during his time with the Suns, something he has not been used to.

“My whole career except for the NBA, I’ve been a winner,” Booker said. “I want to get back to that. I’m done with not making the playoffs.

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