The Phoenix Suns are finally seeing Dragan Bender make consistent strides on the court and that is forcing them to keep Bender in the starting power forward spot over the recently suspended Marquese Chriss.
Suns head coach Jay Triano is reportedly considering the move, especially after the team suspended Chriss for his verbal confrontation with an assistant coach, according to Craig Grialou of 98.7 FM Arizona Sports.
Triano also weighing whether to start Chriss or keep Bender at power forward; Bender had 18 pts, 5 reb, 1 ast in 27 min in #Suns loss to Hornets
— Craig Grialou (@CraigAZSports) February 5, 2018
With Chriss still developing his game, it may be wise for Phoenix to roll with Bender as their starter, allowing Chriss to come off the bench.
Sometimes, switching things up can do a lot of good things for players.
Suns Expected to Move Trevor Ariza
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.
Suns Targeting Santa Cruz Warriors’ Darius Morris for Short Term Solution at Point Guard
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.
Suns’ Devin Booker Willing to Help Recruit Players to Phoenix
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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