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Mon. Oct 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dragic will be a healthy inactive for Wednesday's game against the Lakers, The Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: This is an early sign that Dragic will not see much run in Phoenix this season and will simply provide emergency depth at the guard spots. With this in mind, he's better left on the waiver wire to start the season.
Mon. Oct 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Len had his 2015-16 option picked up by the Suns on Monday, NBA.com reports.
Impact: After he was selected fifth overall in the 2013 draft, Len proceeded to disappoint, at least on the surface, with averages of two points and 2.4 rebounds in 8.6 minutes across 42 tilts. However, for rookies who logged at least 300 minutes, he ranked fifth in boards per 48 minutes and sixth in blocks per 48, intimating some of his potential. Entering this season, he was recovering from a broken finger in his right hand, which contained him to two exhibitions this month in which he recorded 2.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, and one block in 18.5 minutes per game. It remains to be seen how much of a role he can carve out behind Miles Plumlee at center.
Mon. Oct 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Goodwin had his 2015-16 option picked up by the Suns on Monday, NBA.com reports.
Impact: In his rookie campaign last season, Goodwin was used sparingly, averaging 3.7 points (on 46 percent shooting) and 1.7 rebounds in 10.3 minutes across 52 appearances. His D-League line at Bakersfield was predictably robust -- 26.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, two three-pointers, 1.4 steals, and 1.2 assists in 35 minutes -- but a similar journey appears likely to repeat itself in 2014-15.
Mon. Oct 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Plumlee had his 2015-16 option picked up by the Suns on Monday, NBA.com reports.
Impact: The move was merely a formality, as the Suns were unlikely to allow one of their core players to enter the free market. In his first season with the organization in 2013-14, he solidified center, starting 79 of his 80 appearances. Meanwhile, he managed team highs of 7.8 boards and 1.1 blocks, while supplementing his line with 8.1 points (on 52 percent shooting) in 25 minutes per game.
Sat. Oct 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dragic dealt with some visa problems but is back with the Suns and seems poised to be available for the regular season opener against the Lakers on Wednesday, the Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: Dragic, not to be mistaken with his older brother Goran Dragic who also plays for the Suns, was limited to just two preseason games as he was held up with visa issues. However that seems to be squared away making him available for the regular season campaign.
Fri. Oct 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Len (finger) played in his first preseason game Wednesday.
Impact: Len was finally able to participate in a game this preseason, and played 17 minutes of action, going scoreless, but picking up three rebounds and a block. He's been dealing with a broken finger all offseason, but after playing in this game it seems he should be ready to go for the Sun's season opener on Wednesday. After an underwhelming rookie year, we'll see if he's able to carve out a role this season.
Fri. Oct 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Randolph played 26 minutes and scored 10 points against the Lakers Tuesday.
Impact: Randolph was dealing with a minor knee injury last week, but he was able to play in the Suns last few games and should be ready to go for the regular season opener. Either way, he'll probably only get minimal time as a reserve.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Marcus Morris will start the first three games of the season at small forward while P.J. Tucker (suspension) is out of the lineup, and there's a possibility that Marcus could keep the job even when Tucker returns, the Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: Marcus' brother Markieff Morris is the starter at power forward. Markieff is expected to hold the starting power forward job all season, but Marcus will have to perform well in the first three games to stay in the starting lineup over Tucker. Marcus came off the bench for 81 of the 82 games he played in during the 2013-14 season, putting up averages of 9.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.2 blocks, and 1.2 three-pointers in 22 minutes per game. While Marcus may be a good play in daily leagues to start the season, once Tucker is back in the roation, both Tucker and Marcus will be playing tug-of-war for the small forward minutes each night, hurting both players' fantasy value.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Warren fractured his left thumb during Tuesday's preseason game against the Lakers. He'll be out indefinitely with the injury, the Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: Warren had a fighter's chance at carving out some minutes in the rotation, especially in the first three games of the season with P.J. Tucker suspended for the first three games. Mike Miller suffered a fractured thumb injury with the Heat in the 2010-11 season and missed two months, but Miller's injury included ligament damage. At this point, the rookie Warren should only be targeted in extremely deep leagues. Even when healthy, Warren is expected to be behind Tucker, Marcus Morris, and possibly Gerald Green, Markieff Morris, and Anthony Tolliver in the pecking order at the forward spots.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | STATS
News: Warren has a small crack in a bone in his left thumb. The Suns said the injury would be treated with a splint and rest. The team said there is no timetable for his return.
Impact: Warren was the 14th pick overall out of North Carolina State this year. He has averaged five points and 12.2 minutes in preseason games.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bledsoe put up 27 points (6-12 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 12-14 FT), one rebound, two assists, and two steals in 34 minutes Wednesday.
Impact: While there was a time when Bledsoe's status with the Suns, and in fantasy this season, was in question, since he signed his five-year extension with Phoenix to become their highest paid player, Bledsoe secured his role as the team's current franchise player. Though the addition of Isaiah Thomas in the offseason is definitely going to have an impact on Bledsoe's ceiling, the fact that the Suns were willing to commit $70 million to Bledsoe means that he'll be leaned on heavily and play big minutes.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Green provided a stat line that reflected the production he had last season, in Wednesday's loss to the Clippers. Green finished with 23 points, three treys, and five rebounds in 28 minutes, the Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: Green may have put up a good fantasy line, but he also made several key mistakes in the loss. He also ended up with five turnovers, including one that may have cost the team the game. Green himself admitted post-game that many of the turnovers the team was making was careless. While the team leaned on Green as a scoring punch, that may be less of the case this season, as the team has a healthy Eric Bledsoe, Isaiah Thomas and Marcus Morris to contribute as well. Consider Green a later-round flier, with upside, especially if his turnover issues continue.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Markieff Morris will play next to his brother Marcus at the two starting forward spots for the first three games of the season, the Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: Markieff's versatility allows him to play multiple positions, which ties into the offense Phoenix is trying to run. He'll likely see most of his time at power forward this season, but there has been some talk about Markieff playing center at times, and he can always shift down and play a little small forward.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Warren won't play in Wednesday's preseason contest due to a sprained thumb suffered in Tuesday's game, Paul Coro of AZCentral.com reports.
Impact: Warren's injury didn't receive much attention Tuesday evening, but it will prove serious enough to hold him out of an exhibition. Consider the rookie day-to-day for the time being, with his status uncertain for Friday's preseason finale.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Len (finger) will not play in Tuesday's preseason game, but he does plan on returning to action in Wednesday's contest, the Arizona Republic's Paul Coro reports.
Impact: He scrimmaged Monday for the first time since fracturing his pinkie for the second time, but it makes sense that the Suns would hold the second-year big man out in the first of back-to-back preseason games for Phoenix. He should be ready for the start of the regular season, although he probably won't have a very significant role right away.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Len (finger) scrimmaged Monday for the first time since fracturing his pinkie for the second time, Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: While Len is not yet 100 percent, he's aiming to play in one of the Suns' final two preseason games. Wednesday against the Clippers will be his first opportunity, though Friday against the Jazz may be more realistic.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dragic is expected to rejoin the Suns on Tuesday, Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: The Slovenia native has been stranded in Ottawa for nearly a week while he sorts out some visa issues. Dragic has missed the last two games but should rejoin the team in advance of Tuesday's matchup with the Lakers.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Randolph (knee) won't play Thursday against the Spurs.
Impact: Randolph is dealing with a minor knee injury and will sit out, leaving the Suns with 13 active players Thursday. The forward will hold down a minor bench role this season, if he sticks on the roster.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Len (finger) participated in shootaround with his finger taped, Paul Coro of The Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: Len broke his right pinkie finger for the second time in a few months last week. The injury is likely not healed, but Len seems to be testing whether or not he can play through the injury. If he continues to practice with his finger taped, he could theoretically play through the injury until it heals, without missing any regular season time.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tolliver has totaled 48 minutes in the Suns' past two preseason games.
Impact: Tolliver had a laceration on his finger that required stitches at the start of October. He's now played in two preseason games and the finger hasn't been an issue, so it should be safe to say it won't have any lasting consequences. He should have a role as a reserve forward with the Suns this season.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Warren has displayed a willingness to take more 3-pointers this preseason. When asked about it by reporters, he admitted that he has been trying to develop his long-range shooting as well as his defense, The Arizona Republic reports.
Impact: Warren has shown throughout his college career, as well as in summer league, that he can be highly efficient from midrange and around the basket. Adding long-range shooting to his repertoire improves his fantasy prospects for those looking at him in dynasty leagues, as Warren is working to add more offensive and defensive stats to his production.