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Suns Considering Starting Dragan Bender Over Marquese Chriss

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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.

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.

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Suns’ DeAndre Ayton Planning to Fight Suspension, Hopes for Reduction

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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.

According to Heavy, Ayton will not be taking the suspension lying down, saying he plans to fight the suspension in the hopes of getting it reduced, at the minimum.

Ayton has reached out to the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) for some assistance with his case.

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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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