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Duane Washington Jr. is the newest addition to the Phoenix Suns, joining last year’s best regular-season team on a two-way contract. The 22-year-old point guard will be reunited with his old friend Devin Booker after the Indiana Pacers waived him to make room for Deandre Ayton’s max offer sheet. Phoenix immediately matched DA’s offer, and then subsequently scooped up Washington…

Self creation is the next step in Deandre Ayton's evolution with the Phoenix Suns.

Deandre Ayton is perhaps the most hotly contested player in Phoenix Suns history. Lost in all the heated debate about his next contract, his true value and his fit with the Suns is a far more interesting basketball discussion about his game. With DA set to get a max from somebody as a restricted free agent this summer, and the Suns’ second-round flameout being accentuated by Ayton’s sideline spat with coach Monty Williams, it’s no wonder this is all anyone wants to talk about. But since we’ve already covered his murky future in Phoenix, his upcoming free agency, sign-and-trade scenarios and everything else, why not take a break and talk about hoops for a change? After exploring where Ayton excelled…

Self creation is the next step in Deandre Ayton's evolution with the Phoenix Suns.

Lost in all the Deandre Ayton hysteria over his future with the Phoenix Suns is one of the more intriguing basketball discussions in the NBA right now. His long-term outlook in the Valley undoubtedly looks shaky right now, but examining DA’s skill-set to try and determine what kind of max player he’ll be is a far more productive conversation. Ayton will get a max deal from somebody this summer. The Suns have the power to match any four-year max offer for their restricted free agent, and they can trump all offers with a five-year deal if they so choose. However, even without all the rumblings about rifts with coach Monty Williams and Devin Booker, it feels safe to assume the…

The Phoenix Suns need to modernize the shot profile of their midrange-heavy offense.

There are many hallmarks by which to judge an NBA head coach. Championships are the most basic, followed by the win-loss column. But one thing typically holds true: Great coaches are known for having an effective system, while elite coaches are able to adapt their preferred playing style to fit personnel. Consider Year 4 of Monty Williams’ tenure with the...

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Coming off a memorable, 64-win season, the Phoenix Suns will have a hard time reconciling with falling well short of a championship.

The 2022 NBA Finals begin Thursday night, and the No. 1-seeded Phoenix Suns — a juggernaut that won 64 games, steamrolled everyone else in the standings by eight games and appeared to be the title favorite by pretty much every measure — are nowhere to be found. It’s been almost three weeks since the Suns’ humbling, traumatizing, 33-point loss in...

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The Phoenix Suns will need more from Devin Booker, but his supermax should be an easy decision.

The Phoenix Suns have quite a few important decisions to make this offseason, but even after their second-round collapse in the most disheartening Game 7 the franchise has ever seen, Devin Booker’s potential supermax extension should be the easiest of the bunch. This offseason could be a pricy one for Phoenix. The Suns and their fanbase remain shellshocked by the...

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General manager James Jones is emphasizing continuity after the Phoenix Suns' Game 7 collapse.

Coming off the worst playoff loss in franchise history, as well as arguably the worst Game 7 loss in NBA history, the Phoenix Suns have a lot to figure out over the summer. Taking James Jones at his word, the Suns’ general manager believes the key will be looking inward for improvement, rather than outward. On Wednesday, Jones spoke to...

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The Phoenix Suns were flat-out embarrassed in their Game 7 defeat against the Dallas Mavericks.

Last year in the NBA Finals, the Phoenix Suns lost four straight games for the first time all season, squandering a 2-0 series lead and falling short of the franchise’s first ever championship. This season, with a familiar but improved squad that won a league-best 64 games, they somehow found an even more disappointing way to go out. As Devin...

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The Phoenix Suns will put their 'best team in the world' claim to the test in Game 7 against the Dallas Mavericks.

DALLAS — For the better part of the season, the Phoenix Suns have had one of the more entertaining, eye-popping pregame routines in the NBA. Amidst all the amusing handshakes, mini dance-offs and general commotion, any spectators in the vicinity just before the Suns take the court have been transfixed by their bold pregame ritual. The specifics change, but at the center of it all is usually the center hype man, JaVale McGee, saying they’ve got to “bring the dogs” before declaring the Suns to be the “best team in the motherf**king world!” Between the barking, the unbridled joy of that pregame circle and McGee’s audacious claim, it’d be easy to misinterpret Phoenix’s enthusiasm for arrogance. Plenty of arena staffers…

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