The Phoenix Suns Summer League roster appears to be complete. Here's a look at who you can expect to see in Las Vegas in a couple of weeks.
We've seen confirmation of a couple of players over the past few days, and we already know the Suns were planning on sending their rookies. But today, Paul Coro of the AZ Republic leaked out what looks to be the full roster. While we have no confirmation from the team yet, Coro is about as reliable as they come...so it's pretty safe to say that his information is legit.
Here's a look at this year's Sin City Suns:
It's free agency time, which means the Suns are on the prowl to improve their roster. Will Chandler Parsons be the next desert dweller?
Chandler Parsons SF, 6'9", 227 lbs, 25 yrs old (Restricted Free Agent)
2013-2014 Regular Season Statistics: 74 GP, 37.6 MPG, 47.2 FG%, 37% 3FG%, 74.2 FT%, 16.6 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 4.0 APG, 1.9 TO, 1.2 SPG, 0.4 BPG, 4.4 +/-
Chandler Parsons can flat out stroke the basketball. His main calling card anywhere he ends up will be his ability to shoot the three at a consistent rate. Also, Parsons is 6'9 and can handle the basketball, so when defenders close out too hard he can put the ball on the floor and get to the rim. Being able to dribble well, also allows him to start the fast break after pulling down a rebound. Parsons' 6'9 frame and 32" vertical help him pull down rebounds at a consistent rate from the wing position which, in turn leads to the occasional tip-slam. He is also a capable passer who can find the open teammate when needed. Defensively, Parsons is a good on-ball defender. In the 2013-14 season Chandler Parsons had 2.5 defensive win shares, P.J. Tucker had 2.8, to put it in perspective.
Chandler Parsons' biggest shortcoming is turnovers. He turned the ball over 1.9 times per game, way too many times for someone who plays on the wing. He also takes too many questionable shots, which Suns fans are accustomed to watching by now (every time Gerald Green steps on the floor). Even though Chandler Parson is a good on-ball defender, he struggles off the ball. Apparently he hangs out with James Harden a lot because like Harden, he loses sight of his man way too often. He also struggles guarding in the post, he simple isn't strong enough to guard power forwards. This is partially Houston's problem for playing him at the four position on occasion.
Chandler Parsons is a vocal leader and a good locker room influence. Parsons said, "I'm a voice in the locker room. I'll do anything I can do to make guys feel comfortable and be themselves," in an interview with CSNHouston.com. Chandler Parsons is also a stand up guy. In December last year he shaved his head to support Patrick Hobbs-DeClaire, a 10-year-old who is fighting cancer.
"His dad was telling me how he isn't even scared of death," Parsons said according to the Houston Chronicle. "He is more worried about not looking like his twin brother anymore, so me being his favorite player, I decided to shave my head to look more like him and hopefully give him some support and encouragement from me."
Parsons will be able to come into the Suns system right away and be a third or fourth option offensively, depending on who is on the roster next year. He will help space the floor by adding another shooter, allowing Bledsoe and Dragi? to drive and kick. He will also help the Suns in the assist category where they struggled last season, 29th in the league in assists per game. Parsons is a good locker room guy and shouldn't hinder the Suns great chemistry. Parsons adds a consistent scoring threat from the wing position that the Suns needed last year. Lastly, Parsons has great looking hair that competes with Miles Plumlee for the best hair in the league.
Forward/center Channing Frye is testing the free agent market after opting out of the final year of his deal, and the Suns, Warriors and Cavaliers are among his suitors.
The Phoenix Suns free agent fireworks begin with... kind of a whimper. Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Phoenix Suns are attempting to keep starting power forward and back up center Channing Frye in the fold.
Suns pushing to re-sign Channing Frye, sources tell Yahoo. After opting-out of deal, Frye's surveying market, including Cavs, Warriors.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 1, 2014
Lon Babby and Ryan McDonough will have to fend off rumored bids from the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors. Additionally, it will take some salary cap ju-jitsu to make a new deal with Frye work with the Suns' plans to add one or two max contract players to the squad.
Frye has connection in Cleveland (GM and former Phoenix executive David Griffin) and Golden State (head coach and former Suns GM Steve Kerr), and would be solid fits for both teams. However, he also still has strong ties to Phoenix and the Suns want to keep him. Frye is 31 years old and opted out of the $6.8 million he was owed this year to seek the security of a multi-year contract.
After missing all of the 2012-13 season, Frye returned to the court an started all 82 games at power forward, averaging 11.1 points and 5.1 rebounds while finishing second on the team in 3-pointers.
What do you think? How much should the Suns sign Channing Frye for or should they sign him at all? Please keep it civil in the comments regardless of what you think!