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Suns’ Ryan McDonough Not Expecting Another Major Trade

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The Phoenix Suns have already completed one major trade this season and have been linked to even more within the trade rumor mill, but Suns’ general manager Ryan McDonough doesn’t expect the team to pull off another blockbuster.

“If we do make a move, it will be positionally to fill a short-term need,” McDonough said, according to Scott Bordow of The Arizona Republic .

“There’s nobody we can sign or trade for that’s going to come close to replicating half of Devin Booker’s production. Nobody out there is 22 years old and like Davon Reed, who we’re really high on. So we’re most excited about getting those guys back [from injuries].”

“I get that it’s a challenge for Coach [Jay] Triano and his staff [to find minutes for all three], but at the same time that’s what good teams do,” McDonough said.

“They have depth and balance and manage the minutes and manage the situation even if it’s not perfect for anybody involved.”

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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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