Five Things To Watch: Phoenix Suns

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The Phoenix Suns surprised everyone last season – including themselves – when they won 48 games and missed the playoffs only due to a couple of tough losses in the final week of the season. Goran Dragic had the best season of his career, Eric Bledsoe lived up to the potential his biggest fans envisioned and both Markieff Morris and Gerald Green were in the running for Sixth Man Award. Now entering their second season together – with a new key piece

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Five Things To Watch: Los Angeles Lakers

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Over the last 35 years, the Los Angeles Lakers have been the gold standard for success, not just in the NBA, but across the Big Four sports in America. That’s the big picture. Little picture? The Lakers last season set a new standard for futility: 55 losses, more than any other team in franchise history. Nearly from start to finish, the 2013-14 campaign was a disaster of injuries and ire, much of it directed at owner and basketball operations head Jim

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SH Blog: Eric Bledsoe signs $70 million deal with Suns, Bill Simmons suspended by ESPN

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All summer long, Eric Bledsoe and the Phoenix Suns refused to cooperate with each other. He wanted a max deal and the team had no interest in viewing him as someone worth that kind of money. Based on what was being said and done from each side, it appeared as though the two were headed for an ugly ending. Then came Wednesday, when the Suns could no longer deal with the risk they were putting themselves under by doing nothing with Bledsoe

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Reports: Wolves Want to Make Max Offer to Eric Bledsoe, Suns Don’t

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The Minnesota Timberwolves reportedly will offer Phoenix Suns restricted free agent guard Eric Bledsoe a maximum four-year, $63 million contract. According to Fox10 in Phoenix and ESPN, the offer is designed to engage the Suns in a sign-and-trade for Bledsoe, by far the best remaining free agent on the market. However, the report did not say that Minnesota had formally made the offer, because the Timberwolves cannot. They are $6 million over the salary cap and would have to trade enough players to get

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Bernucca: The Biggest Losers of the NBA Offseason

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On Wednesday, we took a look at the biggest winners of the NBA offseason, a baker’s dozen of players, teams, coaches and even an executive who had a spectacular summer. Today, we look at the NBA offseason’s biggest losers, a collection of an unlucky 13 players, teams, coaches and even an owner. Yeah, take a wild guess at that last one. We also felt the need to include one team’s fan base, which truly deserves better than it has gotten over the

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SH Blog: Lakers could go after Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic next summer, Josh Smith ready to play more at power forward

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For some reason, the Phoenix Suns have put themselves in quite the vulnerable situation. With innovative coach Jeff Hornacek at the helm, the Suns were truly one of the biggest surprise teams of last season. No one expected them to be in a dog fight to be a playoff team in April. Hell, not many expected them to win even 30 games.  Yet, they won 48 games and became one of the most dynamic offensive teams in the league (eighth-best offensive

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SH Blog: Looking at the Eric Bledsoe options

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For a Saturday in late August, there’s a shocking amount of NBA news today. Most of it, though, fits into one of two camps: the Kevin Love trade is official, and Team USA cut their roster down to the final 12. We’ve all known about the Love trade for a month, of course, and Chris Sheridan’s got everything you need to read about Team USA heading into the World Cup. So let’s instead turn our attention to a subject that hasn’t gotten

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