Suns’ Devin Booker Trolls Enes Kanter Following Victory At MSG

Devin Booker knew what he needed to do following the Suns’ 128-110 victory in opposition to the New York Knicks on Monday Night: Log-in to twitter and troll Knicks middle Enes Kanter.

Last January, Kanter had posted a photograph Booker holding up a large L after the Knicks defeated the Suns in a sport the place Booker was ejected for shoving Kanter. Kanter captioned his tweet, “Hold that ‘L’ child. Talk to me good or don’t speak to me in any respect…”

Booker, who scored a game-high 38 factors in final night time’s win, referenced that 11-month previous tweet alongside along with his personal message: “Pick n Roll at 00 each time.”

Last night time’s victory marked the Suns’ third straight W, one thing they have not achieved since March 2017, in line with ESPN. No. 1 general decide DeAndre Ayton had 21 factors and 13 rebounds within the win, and Jamal Crawford notched a career-high 14 assists.

The Knicks, in the meantime, fell to Four-10 at house and 9-23 general with the loss.

Lakers Eyeing Trevor Ariza In Three-Team Trade With Phoenix: Report

The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly seeking to make a deal for Phoenix Suns’ veteran ahead Trevor Ariza as soon as he is eligible to be traded later this week.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Lakers and Suns have been working to achieve an settlement with a 3rd workforce that might tackle Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope as half a doubtlessly bigger deal. NBA gamers that signed as free brokers this previous f-season, comparable to Ariza, are eligible to be traded beginning December 15, so any potential transfer must wait till a minimum of this upcoming weekend.

Wojnarowski notes that Phoenix desires so as to add a playmaking guard and a draft choose as half any Ariza deal. The 33-year previous ahead signed a one-year, $15 million take care of the Suns this summer time however with the Suns sitting at Four-22 on the season, the group is seemingly seeking to ship him to a playf workforce.

In addition to the Lakers, the Rockets have additionally expressed curiosity in bringing again Ariza, who performed in Houston for 4 straight seasons, together with final 12 months. 

In 24 video games this season, Ariza is averaging 9.7 factors per recreation to go together with 5.5 rebounds. Caldwell-Pope, who signed a one-year, $12 million deal to return to the Lakers this season, is averaging eight.5 factors in 21 minutes per recreation. 

Wojnarowski writes: “Caldwell-Pope has veto energy on a commerce, however the Lakers have proven a capability to work together with his agent, Rich Paul, if there is a deal which may enhance his function and probably get him signed to a deal this summer time with a brand new workforce.”

Kawhi Leonard Leaves Suns' Game With Foot Injury

The Raptors pulled again to clinch a come-from-behind victory towards the Phoenix Suns final evening, to convey their document to a shiny Eight-1. But not every thing went in response to plan: their talisman Kawhi Leonard was compelled to exit the sport after “jamming his foot” late within the contest, coach Nick Nurse has confirmed. Fingers crossed, however it does not seem like a very severe knock.

Kawhi will likely be re-evaluated this afternoon to evaluate the severity the “foot jam.” At which level, we must always know whether or not the harm will quantity to a determinable restoration interval. Kawhi left the sport with a team-high 19 factors, to associate with 6 rebounds and 5 assists in 30 minutes motion. Overall, he is been averaging 27.three factors per recreation on the season.

Friday’s contest was the primary time the Raptors wavered from their cautious strategy resting Leonard on highway video games. The Raptors’ ahead has additionally been systemically dominated out back-to-back encounters, relying solely on which  the extra video games is extra demanding his presence.

With the win, Toronto notches the winningest begin in franchise historical past, within the span 9 or 10 video games. The Raptors rotation did the majority their harm towards the Suns’ in a fervent 14-2 run within the 4th quarter.

Kawhi might or is probably not half the group’s plans going into Sunday’s contest towards LeBron & the Lakers. We’ll maintain you posted.

Suns' Josh Jackson Was Involved In "Malice At The Palace" As An Eight-Year Old

Phoenix Suns ahead Josh Jackson informed Marc J. Spears The Undefeated that at eight-years-old he was current for the notorious “Malice on the Palace” brawl in Detroit. the Detroit-native getting into his third season within the NBA was sitting within the stands together with his mother and father when all hell broke free. He recollects seeing Pacers’ ahead Jermaine O’Neal getting hit with a chair. Most the melee stays ingrained, together with the notorious scene the place Ron Artest (Metta World Peace) lay outstretched on the scorer’s desk whereas drinks had been being thrown at him by rowdy Piston followers, offended to see the sport disrupted over a mere pushing match.

The Phoenix Suns’ ahead even admitted that he too took half within the alternate, throwing a well-aimed water bottle proper into the center the motion. “I used to be trying round and everybody was throwing one thing onto the courtroom. I’m not going to lie. I threw a water bottle,” he informed Spears. “Why? It’s my residence group. I’m a Pistons fan. What? The Pacers got here in right here throwing punches on my favourite gamers. I couldn’t have that. But that’s neither right here nor there.”

The current Lakers-Rockets brawl has reignited fan-interest in some the extra iconic, or slightly aggressive moments in NBA historical past. For all we all know, an eight-year-old Josh Jackson could have been a catalyst within the “Malice” brawl. The Pistons-Pacers’ fan brawl carried with it a mess suspensions. Interestingly sufficient, Tayshaun Prince was the one participant to not go away his bench on that fateful night.

Jamal Crawford Is Finally Off The Free Agent Market

Just someday earlier than the 2018-19 season kicks f, free agent guard Jamal Crawford has lastly discovered a house for the upcoming 12 months. According to a number of studies, the three-time Sixth Man the Year has reached an settlement on a one-year take care of the Phoenix Suns for the veteran’s minimal. 

The Suns mark the eighth franchise that Crawford has suited up for throughout his 19-year NBA profession. The 38-year outdated performed spent final season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, averaging 10.three factors per sport, which is his lowest common for the reason that 2001-02 season when he appeared in simply 23 video games for the Chicago Bulls. For his profession, Crawford boasts profession averages 15 factors and three.four assists per sport. 

The Suns completed with an NBA-worst 21-61 report final season and chosen University Arizona heart DeAndre Ayton with the #1 general choose within the 2018 Draft. They additionally acquired former Villanova three-and-D specialist Mikal Bridges in a draft day commerce with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Phoenix will host the Dallas Mavericks within the season opener on Wednesday, October 17.

Wolves' Asking Price For Jimmy Butler "Too High"

Jimmy Butler is reportedly “uninterested” in training or taking part in with the Minnesota Timberwolves once more, and has implored proprietor Glen Taylor to commerce him prior to later as a result of he intends to stroll as a free agent subsequent summer time anyway. Taylor has knowledgeable groups that the four-time All-Star is on the buying and selling block, however the asking worth stays “too steep,” in response to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe.

Woj experiences that Minnesota seeks high quality veterans, high prospects, future property and/or cap aid, which is just too excessive for groups, together with the Miami Heat. Although, Lowe notes issues may “change on a dime.”

Earlier this week, the New York Times’ Marc Stein reported that Butler and his agent, Bernie Lee, instructed Wolves possession that Miami is his most popular touchdown spot. The Wolves are usually not obligated to commerce Butler to a group his selecting however since he is getting into the ultimate 12 months his contract, any potential commerce accomplice would doubtless want assurance that he is keen to resign a long-term extension. Originally, it was reported that Butler most popular a commerce to the Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers and New York Knicks – three groups which have max cap house to signal Butler as a free agent in July.

The Wolves acquired Butler in a commerce with the Chicago Bulls simply final June in a deal that appeared extraordinarily lopsided in Minnesota’s favor on the time. In trade for the then three-time NBA All-Star, the Bulls obtained Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, and the #7 choose – Lauri Markkanen.

Butler solely appeared in 59 video games with the Wolves, averaging 22.2 factors, 5.three rebounds, four.9 assists and a couple of steals per sport, whereas serving to the group to their first playf berth since 2003-04.

Joel Embiid On DeAndre Ayton: “He’s Going To Get His Ass Kicked This Year”

It’s Media Day for choose groups within the NBA right this moment, together with the Philadelphia 76ers, which implies one factor: Joel Embiid quotes.

The Sixers’ huge man, who has shortly established himself as one essentially the most entertaining gamers within the NBA each on and f the courtroom, supplied a quantity buzzworthy traces throughout right this moment’s media session, particularly throughout his dialogue with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols and Stephen Jackson. Embiid talked about his predictions for the upcoming season, which gamers he likes trash speaking most, and whether or not or not he is all in favour of being solid in Space Jam 2.

He was additionally requested concerning the #1 general choose within the 2018 NBA Draft, DeAndre Ayton. In talking the Phoenix Suns’ rookie heart, Embiid tells ESPN’s The Jump, “he is about to get his ass kicked this yr.” Embiid went on to elucidate his opinion that Ayton has potential, however reiterated his draft evening tweet which learn, “Don’t evaluate me to Ayton both… I play DEFENSE.” Worth noting, Ayton and Embiid will sq. f for the primary time on November 19 on the Wells Fargo Center in Philly.

Earlier within the day, Embiid requested concerning the current rent former Sixers ahead Elton Brand because the workforce’s new normal supervisor. His preliminary response: “As quickly as I heard the information, I simply thought of how two years in the past I used to be dunking on him…I simply keep in mind dunking on him actually dangerous.”

Check out video footage Embiid’s Media Day moments within the clip embedded under.

Suns' Devin Booker Out Indefinitely After Suffering Hand Injury

Phoenix Suns’ star Devin Booker will reportedly undergo surgery on an injured ligament in his hand today, according to a report by Arizona Sports 98.7’s John Gambadoro on Sunday.

According to Gambadoro, Booker’s recovery will likely to keep him out for the start training camp which will begin on September 25 at Northern Arizona University. ESPN reports that the injury bothered Booker for much the 2017-18 season and it is believed the surgery is minor, although a timetable for his return has not yet been announced.

The 21-year old sharpshooter signed a five-year, $158 million max contract extension with the Suns in July, not long after the team selected Arizona center DeAndre Ayton with the #1 overall pick in the draft. The Suns, a team that has lived in the lottery for the last few seasons, also acquired Villanova three-and-D wing Mikal Bridges in a draft day trade with the Philadelphia 76ers. 

In his third season in the NBA, Booker averaged career-highs across the board with 24.9 points, 4.7 assists and 4.5 rebounds per night, although he missed a career-high 28 games due to injury. As a team, the Suns finished with the worst record in the NBA at 21-61.  

NBA Champion Boris Diaw Retires From Basketball

Boris Diaw played 14 NBA seasons as a versatile big, he made the announcement while at sea with his fellow compatriots Ronny Turiaf and Tony Parker. The twenty minute video has been abridged to this 16-second clip, where Diaw in conversation with the others, confirms his retirement in an all-too casual manner. Diaw spent last season in his native France, in order to be closer to his yacht, and the French coastline.

Although Diaw was never viewed as an elite talent at any point his career, he became the perfect embodiment defensive versatility in the modern game. His ability to guard numerous positions on the floor, as well his competence as a playmaker made him a venerable fit wherever he went. His stints with the Phoenix Suns and the San Antonio Spurs stick out as the two most memorable runs his career, the latter producing an NBA championship in 2014. Diaw is noted for leading all Spurs players in assists during the 2014 Finals which they won in comeback fashion against LeBron’s Miami Heat.

A few his ex teammates and fellow NBAers made sure he wasn’t going out without a clang.

Phoenix Suns Failed To Acquire Damian Lillard, Kemba Walker & Terry Rozier: Report

The Phoenix Suns swung and missed on several trade targets this fseason, according to a report from trusted insider John Gambadoro  Arizona Sports 98.7. The radio pundit claims that the Suns’ front fice has “definitely been trying to trade for a front-tier point guard.” The three names they reported failed to woo are Portland’s Damian Lillard, Boston’s Terry Rozier, and Charlotte’s Kemba Walker. The details their failed bids come in the wake Phoenix’s acquisition  Ryan Anderson and De’Anthony Melton from Houston in exchange for Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss.

Brandon Knight’s departure leaves the with Shaquille Harrison and rookie Elie Okobo as the sole backup options for combo guard Dev Booker. As it stands one might be thrust into a starting role, likely the rook. The other option is to play Josh Jackson out position, but that could hinder his development at his preferred position.

Kemba Walker’s availability is still being questioned even though he has reiterated his desire to stay in Charlotte. Terry Rozier is valuable chip in Boston’s rotation, but some think he’s grown too pricey for the team long term. Damian Lillard on the other hand, is not a simple add. To acquire his services, Portland would be looking for a suitable franchise cornerstone in return.

Houston Rockets Trade Ryan Anderson To Phoenix Suns

Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey finally found a trade partner to take Ryan Anderson, and the two years, $41 million left on his contract. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Houston agreed to a deal with Phoenix last night that will send Anderson and De’Anthony Melton to the Suns in exchange for Marquese Chriss and Brandon Knight.

Anderson had signed a four-year, $80 million contract with the Rockets as a free agent in 2016, following four seasons in New Orleans where he averaged 16.1 points and 5.9 rebounds per night. His numbers have steadily declined since signing with Houston, but Wojnarowski reports the Suns are moving forward with the expectation that he’ll start at power forward alongside this year’s #1 overall pick, center DeAndre Ayton. Phoenix also acquired shooting guard De’Anthony Melton, a shooting guard out USC, who the Rockets selected 46th overall in the June draft. 

With the departure veteran point guard Brandon Knight, the Suns will “continue pursuing a trade for a starting-level point guard” before the start the regular season, according to Woj.

Marquese Chriss, the eighth overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft, has not lived up to the hype since entering the league – averaging just 8.5 points and under five rebounds per game in his first two seasons. The 6’10, 21-year old will now join a Rockets front court that includes Clint Capela, PJ Tucker, Carmelo Anthony and Nene.

The Rockets will host the New Orleans Pelicans in their first game the 2018-19 season on October 17. The Suns open with a home game against the Dallas Mavericks on the same night.

Amar'e Stoudemire Puts NBA On Notice, Preps Un-Retirement Spiel

Amar’e Stoudemire made a name for himself in the NBA as Steve Nash’s primary pick-and-roll option with the Phoenix Suns. The Mike D’Antoni fense was suited to Steve Nash’s court vision, ball handling and Amar’e incredible athleticism, the rest the team followed suit by stretching the floor. Nobody played defence on those Phoenix Suns teams in the mid 2000s, except maybe Raja Bell. This morning, Amar’e put the NBA on notice: un-retirement is an option from here on out, his jaunt in the BIG3 notwithstanding. The Instagram post in question showed him fixing his goggles like he’d done so many times in his career. The image was accompanied by a caption that read: “NBA ready” along with hashtags inferring the same message preparedness.

A lot has transpired since Amar’e left the league in 2016. Deeming himself retired from the NBA didn’t reclude him from joining Hapoel Jerusalem where he became a decorated member the Israeli basketball establishment after flirting with the idea joining their National side, some years before. His most recent stint as member Tri-State in the BIG3 culminated in a semi-final appearance where they lost to Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf’s 3 Headed Monsters squad. Can you see Amar’e carving out a role on a NBA team at 35 years old?

Migos & Phoenix Suns' Josh Jackson Star In Finish Line Commercial "Fresh Drip"

Migos just shared their latest endorsement Finish Line, the U.S. sneaker franchise secretly owned by a UK retail giant. Finish Line still does the bulk their business Stateside despite the acquisition. Market research convince them to snatch up Migos as corporate sponsors, while the trio’s brand was undergoing its sharpest increase in years. By starring in short commercials, Migos has been tasked with connecting their existing fanbase with the consumer market.

In their latest advert titled “Fresh Drip,” the Migos team joyride in a cranky ice cream truck outfitted with a giant Under Armour shoe. Shaky suspension makes the ro ornament bobble dangerously when the truck comes to a screeching halt. The Migos team, proud sellers Finish Line merchandise, brace themselves for a windfall customers all filed behind Phoenix Suns’ forward Josh Jackson.

The 2nd-year NBA talent is coincidentally Under Armour’s ambassador for their HOVR Havocsneaker, a shoe lined with something the scientific community refers to as “Energy Web technology.”

The commercial ends on a happy note: Migos reach their sales quota, Josh Jackson improves his vertical, and a young boy leaves a Finish Line retailer a happy customer, his HOVR Havoc purchase in hand.  

Devin Booker, Tyler Ulis 2017 Elevator Fight Video Surfaces

The Phoenix Suns are reportedly investigating a 2017 incident in which shooting guard Devin Booker and his former teammate Tyler Ulis were involved in a fight over an elevator in Tempe, Arizona on May 26, 2017. TMZ Sports recently obtained footage the fight that begins with Ulis apparently holding the elevator for his friends when another group men get on. 

Per TMZ Sports,

Eventually, both groups got down to the lobby where one Ulis’ friends chased the other group men out the building. Booker, who covered his face with a bandana, does not appear to hit anyone during the altercation but he did chase after the group as they retreated out the building.

A source close to the Suns administration tells TMZ, “While these guys know they are always potential targets for others trying to cause trouble, it’s hard to blame them for defending their friend who is on the bad end a 4 on 1 attack.”

Check out the footage in the video embedded below.

Steve Kerr Lets Warriors Players Coach Against Phoenix

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr took some time f during last night’s game against the Phoenix Suns to allow a few  his players, such as Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green, the opportunity to coach the team. Kerr didn’t wait until the Warriors were up by 40 points either.

During the first quarter Golden State’s 129-83 win, Kerr let Iguodala run the huddle and draw up plays for his teammates while the coaches stood nearby.

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After the game, Kerr told reporters that he decided to let guys some his players because “it’s the players’ team.”

Per ESPN,

“I told them the other night after the last game on Saturday] that we were going to do it,” Kerr said. “It’s their team. I think that’s one the first things you have to consider as a coach. It’s not your team, it’s not general manager] Bob Myers’ team, it’s not owner] Joe Lacob’s team — although I’m not going to tell Joe that.

“It’s the players’ team, and they have to take ownership it. And as coaches, our job is to nudge them in the right direction, guide them, but we don’t control them. They determine their own fate and I don’t feel like we focused well at all the last month, and it just seemed like the right thing to do. I thought they communicated really well together and drew up some nice plays, and it was a good night for the guys.”

For example:

Suns forward Jared Dudley said Kerr’s decision to let the players coach showed a lack respect, but added, “maybe right now we don’t deserve respect.”

“It shows a lack respect for an opponent, and maybe right now we don’t deserve respect,” Suns forward Jared Dudley told ESPN. “When you keep getting beat by 40, teams won’t respect you. But it’s up to us to change that.”

According to ESPN, Kerr told reporters that he spoke with Suns coach Jay Triano immediately after the game and explained that it had nothing to do with being disrespectful. “It had to do with me reaching my team. I have not reached them for the last month. They’re tired my voice. I’m tired my voice,” Kerr said.

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Triano didn’t seem fended. “I noticed their plays were a little better out timeout tonight,” He told ESPN jokingly. “Nah, I didn’t have a problem with what Steve did.”