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Suns' Eric Moreland: Set to join Suns
Moreland is finalizing a deal with the Suns on Monday, Mike Scotto of The Athletic reports.
Moreland spent training camp with the Raptors and their G League affiliate but was let go prior to the start of the season. The 26-year-old appeared in 67 games for Detroit a season ago, averaging 2.1 points and 4.1 rebounds in 12.0 minutes per game. Moreland doesn't figure to be a major difference-maker in Phoenix, but he could end up seeing semi-regular minutes off the bench as the bottom-dwelling Suns try out some new rotations.... See More ... See Less
Suns' Deandre Ayton: Set to play Monday
Aytonn will play Monday against the Clippers, Dellan Olson of ArizonaSports.com reports.
Ayton missed practice Sunday while dealing with an illness, but he went through shootaround Monday morning, and coach Igor Kokoskov confirmed that the rookie will be in the starting lineup at his usual center spot. Ayton is coming off of a 16-point, 11-rebound double-double Friday against Miami.... See More ... See Less
Suns' Deandre Ayton: Working at shootaround
Ayton (illness) was on the court at Monday morning's shootaround, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports.
Ayton was held out of Sunday's practice while dealing with flu-like symptoms, but his presence at shootaround is certainly an encouraging development. While the Suns haven't officially ruled on his status, at this point it seems rather likely that he'll be cleared to take the floor Monday night against the Clippers.... See More ... See Less
Suns' T.J. Warren: Available but limited Monday
Warren (ankle) will be able to play Monday against the Clippers but his minutes will be limited, Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic reports.
Warren participated in Sunday's practice, so he's been given the green light to return to game action, although it's unclear as to how many minutes he'll see. Josh Jackson should suffer a decrease in playing time as a result.... See More ... See Less
Suns' Deandre Ayton: Misses practice Sunday
Ayton did not practice Sunday due to an illness, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports.
Ayton is apparently dealing with flu-like symptoms, leaving his status for Monday's game against the Clippers up in the air. His availability should clear up following Monday's pregame shootaround.... See More ... See Less
Suns' Devin Booker: Remains out Monday
Booker (hamstring) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Clippers, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports.
Booker will miss a fourth straight game as he continues to battle a left hamstring strain. The guard was able to do some recovery work during Sunday's practice, though he still remains without a timetable for his return. Booker's next chance to take the court will come Tuesday against the Spurs.... See More ... See Less
Suns' T.J. Warren: Expected to play Monday
Warren (ankle) is expected to play Monday against the Clippers but will have a minutes restriction, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports.
Even with a minutes restriction, it's great news for the forward as Warren has missed the last five games due to right ankle soreness. Teammates Josh Jackson and Ryan Anderson still will likely get the bulk of the minutes at the power forward position until Warren is healthy enough to continue his usual workload.... See More ... See Less
Suns' Trevor Ariza: Fills up stat line in loss
Ariza posted 10 points (4-11 FG, 2-6 3Pt), seven rebounds, and six assists across 33 minutes in Friday's 115-98 loss to the Heat.
Ariza's diverse outing was a good sign following reports that a knee injury might force him to sit on Friday. After a fast start with his new team, his numbers have settled into more mediocre territory, but that's less of a statement about Ariza's talent and more about Phoenix's current struggles.... See More ... See Less
Suns' Troy Daniels: Drills six threes off bench
Daniels tallied 18 points (6-13 FG, 6-10 3Pt) and four rebounds in 32 minutes during Friday's 115-98 loss to the Heat.
Devin Booker's (hamstring) shoes are hard to fill, but Daniels stepped up in a big way off the bench in Friday's loss. It was easily Daniels' best game of the season and his best total since March 30, 2018, when he poured in 23 points with seven 3-pointers. Daniels has seen his production dip with the addition of Mikal Bridges and De'Anthony Melton, but this stat line should serve as a reminder of his potency as a long-range sharpshooter.... See More ... See Less
Suns' Deandre Ayton: Records 13th double-double
Ayton turned in 16 points (8-11 FG), 11 rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot across 29 minutes in Friday's 115-98 loss to the Heat.
Ayton continues his impressive rookie campaign, ranking seventh overall in double-doubles this season. No other rookie comes close in this category, and it only cements an already-strong case for Rookie of the Year honors. Over 26 games he's averaging 15.8 points and 10.1 rebounds and should be considered one of the league's most valuable centers.... See More ... See Less
Suns' Elie Okobo: Back to bench
Okobo will play a reserve role in Friday's matchup with the Heat.
Okobo started the previous two games in place of Devin Booker (hamstring), but has been outplayed by De'Anthony Melton in both contests. Thus, Melton will get the start Friday, while Okobo will presumably see backup point guard minutes.... See More ... See Less
Suns' De'Anthony Melton: Starting Friday
Melton will get the start at point guard for Friday's game against the Heat.
Melton will replace Elie Okobo, who had been starting for the injured Devin Booker (hamstring), in the starting lineup. He has played well in his the Suns' previous two games with Booker out, and will presumably be in line for a healthy workload Friday.... See More ... See Less
Suns' Deandre Ayton: Starting Friday
Ayton will start Friday against the Heat, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports.
Ayton came off the bench Thursday against the Trail Blazers while dealing with an illness. He's apparently feeling better and will return to the starting five.... See More ... See Less
Suns' Trevor Ariza: Available Friday
Correcting a previous note, Ariza (knee) is available Friday against the Heat, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports.
It was incorrectly reported earlier that Ariza would be sidelined. He is dealing with left knee soreness, but will be available and will presumably start at power forward.... See More ... See Less
Suns' T.J. Warren: Out again Friday
Warren will remain sidelined for Friday's matchup with the Heat, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Warren was upgraded from doubtful to questionable earlier in the day, so there was reason for optimism heading into the evening. However, Warren will miss his fifth straight game. His absence will presumably continue to create playing time for Mikal Bridges and Josh Jackson, while Ryan Anderson and Dragan Bender could even see some time in the rotation.... See More ... See Less
Suns' Trevor Ariza: Out Friday
Ariza (knee) is out Friday against the Heat, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports.
Left knee soreness will prevent Ariza from playing Friday. With T.J.Warren (ankle) also sidelined, Mikal Bridges, Josh Jackson, Ryan Anderson and Dragan Bender could all see increases in workload.... See More ... See Less
Suns' Jawun Evans: Signs with Phoenix
Evans signed a two-way contract with the Suns on Friday.
Evans was waived by the Clippers in mid-October before signing with the Northern Arizona Suns of the G League. He's played 14 G League games this season and is leading the team with 18.5 points per game, and now, with the Suns dealing with a lack of quality point guards on the roster, Evans should get an opportunity almost immediately to prove his worth in the Phoenix backcourt.... See More ... See Less
Suns' T.J. Warren: Upgraded to questionable
Warren (ankle) is questionable Friday against the Heat, Kellan Olson of Arizona Sports reports.
Warren was previously doubtful, so he seems to be feeling better than expected following morning shootaround. With Trevor Ariza (knee) also questionable, the Suns could be very thin on the wing. If both players are out, Mikal Bridges, Ryan Anderson and Dragan Bender could see additional minutes.... See More ... See Less