The Phoenix Suns have undergone a lot of changes this season, from the firing of head coach Earl Watson to the trading of disgruntled guard Eric Bledsoe, the Suns have dealt with their fair share of adversity.
However, the Suns may have found one solution in their head coaching vacancy as interim head coach Jay Triano, who has led the Suns to an 11-18 record under his watch, is making an impression on his players.
Suns star Devin Booker and center Alex Len want Triano to remain at his post.
“Me and Triano have that relationship. He’s somebody I’m comfortable with and somebody I’ve been around for a long time,” Booker said of Triano, according to Scott Bordow of The Arizona Republic.
“I love Triano. I don’t make those calls, but he’s been doing a wonderful job since he’s been here and I would vouch for him. He’s been really good.”
Len has said that he loves playing for Triano.
“Jay is always putting in new things. He’s very creative offensively,” Len said. “It’s not that we’re even better from the first three games. We’re better than we were a couple of weeks ago. He’s doing a great job.”
Booker will become extension-eligible in 2018 for the first time, so ensuring that he remains happy should be the Suns’ priority,
Furthermore, the Suns look far more polished and competitive under Triano than they had been under Watson, which is worth noting.
For now, Triano has the support of some key players on his roster as he continues his audition as head coach of the Phoenix Suns.
Suns’ DeAndre Ayton Planning to Fight Suspension, Hopes for Reduction
One of the surprise teams to start the 2019-2020 season has been the Phoenix Suns who have defeated teams such as the Los Angeles Clippers and the Golden State Warriors, and are playing without center DeAndre Ayton.
Ayton was hit with a 25-game suspension by the NBA due to violating the league’s anti-doping protocol, a big blow for the team and Ayton who was looking to build on an impressive rookie season.
Ayton has reached out to the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) for some assistance with his case.
Suns Pick Up Options on Deandre Ayton, Mikal Bridges
Bridges, the 10th overall pick in the 2018 draft, will make $4,359,000 million in 2020-2021.
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.
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