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On Wednesday, the Phoenix Suns announced that they had waived Duane Washington Jr. from his two-way contract and would be signing Saben Lee to that slot. The response from the fanbase seemed to be split down the middle. On the one hand, Lee had been stealing Washington’s minutes since joining the team on two 10-day contracts. During a stretch where…

Duane Washington's opportunity with the Phoenix Suns comes by necessity, but he can still help this team in its time of need.

When teams are decimated by injuries and losing streaks, the only things that shine through dark times are silver linings and golden opportunities. For the Phoenix Suns, Duane Washington Jr. represents both. The Suns are limping through a brutal stretch that’s testing their mental resolve. They’ve lost six straight games and 15 of their last 20. Devin Booker has missed more than two weeks of action with a left groin strain and won’t be re-evaluated for another two. Cam Payne’s right foot sprain won’t be re-evaluated for two weeks. Cam Johnson’s been out for more than two months, and now Chris Paul — who missed a month earlier in the season — will miss his second straight game on Tuesday…

Here are five New Year's resolutions for the Phoenix Suns without Devin Booker.

The holiday season hasn’t been kind to the Phoenix Suns. Since the start of December, the once-upon-a-time 1-seed out West has gone 5-12, sinking from a top spot in the conference standings all the way to eighth. Injuries remain the biggest catalyst behind the Suns’ ongoing skid, but this shorthanded stretch has also magnified inherent roster flaws that were present from the start of the season: Devin Booker is carrying this team, neither Deandre Ayton nor Mikal Bridges is a capable second option, Chris Paul is a shell of himself, Phoenix lacks reliable creators on offense, and barring a trade, their immediate title window may have already closed. With Booker’s left groin strain set to be re-evaluated in just over…

The Phoenix Suns can take some tough-love lessons and some positives from their loss to the Miami Heat.

Thanks to Monday night’s 113-112 defeat, the Phoenix Suns have now lost three of their last four games and four of their last six. Technically speaking, they’re currently in a skid. Injuries (and one non-injury absence) have undoubtedly played a role in the Suns struggling to establish their identity, but their most recent loss painted a pretty clear picture — for better and for worse — of where they are right now. Following a game that came down to the final possession, and really shouldn’t have, let’s take a look at a few tough love lessons for the Suns, as well as a few undeniable positives. Tough Love Lesson No. 1: The free-throw disparity continues In a one-point game that…

Duane Washington Jr. is making his case for playing time on the Phoenix Suns.

Heading into the new season, everyone knew Duane Washington Jr. could score. Coach Monty Williams said as much throughout training camp, and he reiterated it Wednesday night after the Phoenix Suns’ preseason finale. “The scoring is something that we knew that he could do well,” Williams said with a slight smirk before his next comment. “He doesn’t have any fear,...

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Duane Washington Jr. spoke to PHNX Sports about joining the Phoenix Suns, his relationship with Devin Booker and more.

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 (like we predicted they might). On Tuesday, Washington spoke with Gerald Bourguet, Lindsey Smith, Saul Bookman and Espo on the PHNX Suns Podcast, diving into how he handled the Pacers and then Suns news, his relationships with Book, Derek Fisher and “Uncle Kobe,” what he brings to the table, and much more. This interview has been edited for length and…

What can the Phoenix Suns expect from Duane Washington Jr. on a two-way contract?

If matching Deandre Ayton’s max offer sheet was the Indiana Pacers’ wound, Tuesday’s Duane Washington Jr. news was undoubtedly the salt. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Washington has agreed to join the Phoenix Suns on a two-way contract, filling one of those two slots for the upcoming season. Indiana had waived Washington on July 14 to clear out enough cap...

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Here are 10 remaining free agents the Phoenix Suns could sign with their 15th roster spot.

The Phoenix Suns appear to be in a holding pattern for Kevin Durant, but after that initial flurry of reports stemming from his July 1 trade request, it’s grown fairly quiet. While other suitors have risen and fallen, the Suns will remain smack-dab in the middle of these long-winding sweepstakes as long as KD wants to play in Phoenix. There...

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