The Rockets were a game away from reaching the NBA Finals and are looking like a team that could once again reach the Western Conference Finals, but Ariza points to the Suns’ aggressive approach as one of the reasons he decided to join Phoenix this season.
“Phoenix was the most aggressive team and the team that showed the most interest in me,” Ariza said during his introductory press conference, according to Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle. “We all want to feel appreciated and wanted. When a team shows that much appreciation for what you do, naturally you are attracted to something like that.”
“I look at myself as a competitor, a winner, I do everything I can to try to make our team better everywhere I’ve been,” said Ariza, who will now team up with phenom Devin Booker and top-overall pick Deandre Ayton. “I know coming here is going to be a challenge. I’m up for the challenge. I’m looking forward to it. I can’t wait to get started.”
Suns Fire Igor Kokoskov
Kokoskov lasted just one season at the helm of Phoenix after the team brought him in last offseason following a lengthy coaching search that included around 10 candidates.
“After extensive evaluation, I determined it is best to move in a different direction with our head coaching position,” Suns exec James Jones said in a statement. “I want to thank Igor for his work this past season and wish him the best with his future endeavors.”
Kokoskov became the NBA’s first European-born head coach last May when he was hired.
Kokoskov led the Suns to a 19-65 record and the team will reportedly be looking for a coach who can help further the development of DeAndre Ayton who the club feels wasn’t utilized properly by Kokoskov, according to
John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7.
Additionally, while Suns players liked Kokoskov, they felt as though assistant Joe Prunty was more in charge of the bench than Kokoskov was.
Monty Williams and David Vanterpool have been identified as targets, but the dysfunction falls on the shoulders of team owner Robert Sarver who consistently makes bad decision after bad decision in the front office and on the court and should stop interfering with such decisions moving forward.
The Sporting News’ Sean Deveney argues that the team owes it to its fans to explain the decision and discuss the franchise’s direction.
Suns Prefer Ja Morant Over Zion Williamson
The Phoenix Suns could end up with the 1st overall pick for the second consecutive year, depending on how the ping pong balls drop, but landing the #1 overall pick doesn’t mean they are locked in on Duke phenom Zion Williamson.
According to The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie, the Suns actually prefer Murray State point guard Ja Morant, who had an impressive breakout year in 2018-2019, over Williamson.
Morant became the first player in school history to be named a first-team Associated Press All-American.
Point guard is the biggest position of need for the rebuilding Suns, but passing on Zion could mean passing on a bonafide superstar to pair with Deandre Ayton and Devin Booker.
The thought of a frontcourt featuring Williamson and Ayton would instantly elevate the Suns.
Suns Expected to Hire Jeff Bower as Vice President of Basketball Operations
Stability may finally be heading to the front office of the Phoenix Suns, after many years of disorganization.
According to Arizona Sports 98.7 FM’s John Gambadoro, the Suns are expected to hire Jeff Bower as the team’s senior vice president of basketball operations.
Following the firing of general manager Ryan McDonough days before the start of the 2018-2019 regular season, James Jones and Trevor Bukstein took over as co-interim general managers, overseeing a Suns team that finished the season with a 19-63 record, owning the worst record in the Western Conference for the third consecutive year.
Bower, 57, turned the Hornet into a playoff contender, capped off by a franchise record 56-win season in the 2007-2008 season.
Bower also made noise in Detroit, pulling the trigger on the deals that brought in Blake Griffin and Reggie Jackson.
- Cleveland Cavaliers2 years ago
Nuggets Won’t Include Gary Harris And Jamal Murray In Deal For Kyrie Irving
- New Orleans Pelicans2 years ago
Pelicans’ DeMarcus Cousins Actively Recruiting Players To Join Him In New Orleans
- Houston Rockets2 years ago
Clippers Patrick Beverley Says He Requested Trade From Houston Prior To Arrival In Los Angeles
- Boston Celtics2 years ago
Milwaukee Bucks Make Offer To Cleveland Cavaliers For Kyrie Irving
- News6 months ago
Jazz Thabo Sefolosha Says Injury From NYPD ‘Total Abuse of Power’
- Atlanta Hawks2 years ago
Hawks’ Miles Plumlee Arrested For Marijuana Possession
- Phoenix Suns1 year ago
Suns Expected To Offer Devin Booker Five-Year, $156M Extension
- Cleveland Cavaliers2 years ago
Knicks Carmelo Anthony Says Team Knows ‘What I’m Looking For’