For third-year center Alex Len, the upcoming 2015-16 season is make or break. Since being drafted fifth overall by the Suns in 2013, Len has made subtle strides in the right direction in terms of his...

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Much like Isaiah Thomas a year ago, Brandon Knight signed with the Phoenix Suns because they made him feel wanted.

"I wasn't here for long," Knight said at his press conference last week. "But once I got here from day one the organization showed me first class how they do things. They really did things the right way, asked my opinion on a lot of things."

Thomas was sold on the Suns after one visit a year ago. He said he's always just wanted to be wanted. He'd been, effectively, cut loose for nothing by the Kings and searched the market for a good opportunity and a long-term contract commitment from a team. He got the love and the money from the Suns, but the opportunity part was questionable.

Thomas wanted to start, but signed on to the Suns to be a backup. That's shows you what a good sales job the Suns did on Thomas, and also what makes the Knight signing so much different.

Knight knows he has a starting job waiting for him. He's sacrificing a bit on the ball handler part, but he will get all the minutes he can handle and will run the point at least half the game. That's all he wants.

"[The Suns] welcomed me with open arms," he said. "Showed how much they wanted me. That's a big reason I wanted to commit so early in the process.

"I didn't really entertain many other teams. That wasn't what I really wanted to do."

Indeed, Brandon Knight's agreement to a Bledsoe-matching 5 year, $70 million contract came within minutes of the starting gun at midnight Eastern on July 1, 2015. The Suns met him in California, where he flew on June 30 to accommodate a Suns front office team that wanted to be in California to see Tyson Chandler and LaMarcus Aldridge.

But the Suns would have flown anywhere to meet Knight first, then go on to California afterward.

"Nothing that we have done [this summer] has been more important than re-signing Brandon Knight," outgoing President Lon Babby said.

The Suns offered to meet Knight where ever he wanted, but instead Knight insisted on meeting the Suns where it was most convenient for them to get going on free agency. He met them in California at 9:01pm on June 30, quickly agreed to the "very fair" contract and offered to join the Suns on recruiting trips to see Chandler and Aldridge later that day.

Knight was all-in from the start of summer, where he insisted at the exit conferences in April that he wanted to get it done quickly and had already wanted to remain in Phoenix.

"I just really knew, after being here a couple of months, where my heart was at," he said.

"With the coaching staff that we have," he continued. "The young talent, adding Tyson Chandler, the signings that we had this summer, with a great front office - they guys that are doing the most they can do to improve our team - everything is in line with what you want for a championship caliber team.

"It kind of made my decision to get it done quickly a ‘no brainer'."

Knight, just barely turned 23 this spring, is already on his third NBA team. He's been a starter since day one in the league, but has been traded away twice now. Each year, he's improved to the point where he was the starting point guard for surprisingly good Milwaukee team (30-23 at the time of the trade), yet he was still traded.

He's been replaced by the eminently replaceable Brandon Jennings and Michael Carter-Williams. Both young, both promising, but neither more promising than Knight.

Why was he traded each time? Theories abound, but the truth is that neither Detroit nor Milwaukee got better without him. In fact, they got worse at least in the immediate aftermath.

It's no wonder Knight is excited to finally be with a team that really, really wants him. To the tune of a $70 million commitment.

"When you have a first class organization that wants you," he said. "With what I've been through thus far in my career, getting better each year - and trying to find a home - was very important to me."

Even after smart offseason additions like Tyson Chandler, stetch-4 Mirza Teletovic and promising rookie Devin Booker, the big story from the Phoenix Suns’ 2015 summer is still going to be...

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Keith Scheessele joins the show to review his excellent and comprehensive coverage of Suns Summer League action and we delve into the topics of his latest edition of Solar Flares.

Keith makes his debut on the podcast to give a final recap of the Summer League action for the Phoenix Suns as the desolate period of basketball wasteland called August rapidly approaches.

At least the bonus of that is overnight lows above 90 degrees here in Phoenix.

The performance and progress of Alex Len, T.J. Warren, Archie Goodwin and Devin Booker are the focus of the Vegas breakdown.

To shake things up we do a rundown of the topics in Keith's latest edition of Solar Flares, a weekly roundup of Phoenix Suns and NBA related topics.

This week's topics include grades on the Suns Summer League and offseason, Becky Hammon, Markieff Morris, Zoran Dragic, a new arena for the Suns, the evil genius of Ryan McDonough and untoward advances from ticket representatives.


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David Thorpe of was complimentary of first round draft pick Devin Booker's performance at the 2015 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

Last season Markieff Morris, and his recently traded brother Marcus Morris, combined to accumulate more technicals than 17 of 30 NBA teams.

Zoran Dragic, formerly of the Phoenix Suns, is now formally of the Miami HeatMiami traded Dragic to the Boston Celtics on Monday.

Fresh off a 2015 NBA Summer League championship, could Becky Hammon be the NBA's first female head coach?

Preliminary discussions have begun about the possibility that the Suns and Arizona Coyotes will share a new arena in downtown Phoenix.

"I've got a few people telling me, ‘We have no idea what you guys are doing.'" GM Ryan McDonough says the Suns have the element of surprise this offseason.

Does Brandon Knight bring a "perfectionist mentality" to Phoenix that the Suns need?

Report card time. To this point, what grade does the Suns offseason bring?

We brought the first part of this story to you last week, but read about how a Phoenix Suns fan earned free tickets after a market rep hit on his wife.

Can the Suns compete in a loaded Western Conference next season?

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