After looking over the available options, the Suns are likely wishing Brooks would have waited one more week before signing that overseas contract. Brooks would be the best of the lot, I daresay.
Suns reporter Paul Coro tweeted the following, a few minutes ago, about the Suns' interest in Sebastian Telfair:
Coro earlier wrote that the Suns were interested in Shannon Brown and Ronnie Price, and there was optimism in keeping Grant despite the reports (from NY reporters, anyway) that he might be leaning toward the Knicks because he loves the city of New York.
Info on Sebastian Telfair, from ESPN Insider... not a good write-up:
+ Small, quick point guard who can penetrate but struggles to finish.
+ Weak outside shooter. Drives to score; doesn't see floor. Turnover-prone.
+ Poor rebounder. Quick but undersized defender. Effective against fast guards.
Jonny Flynn's injury opened up minutes for Telfair in the first half of the season, where he reaffirmed that his combination of poor distribution and misplaced confidence in his jump shot makes him barely adequate even as a 10-minute stopgap. By his own standards, it was a fine shooting season -- Telfair scored more on fewer shots and had a career-high TS% of 49.7. The fact that such a low mark was his best ever is depressing, and Telfair also had too many turnovers. Overall, it was his fourth straight season with a PER between 10 and 11.
Defensively, at least, Telfair has become borderline adequate. He's still undersized and struggles when big point guards take him on the block, but he's quick and his effort was more consistent last season. While he fouls a lot and doesn't help on the boards, his rates of blocks and steals were solid and his advanced defensive stats suggest he wasn't a negative overall.
More point guards on the radar, at least earlier in the day. I'm hoping that Shannon Brown might be considered in addition to Tefair because he can play SG at 6'4" and really strong...
Two more prospects have emerged onto the long list of free-agent point guards the Suns are considering to join Zabian Dowdell in backing up Nash.
There is continued optimism that the Suns will be able to re-sign forward Grant Hill. Free agents can begin signing contracts Friday. Suns training camp will open Saturday.
It's time to move on. It's time to part ways. These past 7 years have been good if not great. It's been a fun ride, filled with many ups and many downs. There's been a lot of good memories, but we can't let them hold us back. I love Nash and I always will appreciate what he did for this Franchise, but at some point you have to have the guts to accept that it's over and move on. We have to let go. Not the memories, but Nash. It's for the best.
The way I see it is that we had our last chance or opportunity with Steve back in 2010 and then rid ourselves of any futures opportunities by letting Amar'e go. Originally, I was one of the guys pulling for the Suns to keep Nashty and give contending another shot back in the olden days of 09, while the other half of the Fanbase and the media wanted to trade him. I'll admit, I wasn't opposed to trading Steve Nash (if it were to actually happen), but then I'd rather we just kept him because I knew it wasn't completely over. I knew we still had a shot.
Going into 09-10, the Suns had the talent. They just needed a couple more role players, some luck and chemistry. The biggest thing on that list was chemistry. With Porter and Shaq out, chemistry became a realistic goal. If they could achieve it, they were certain to rise to contention once again.
What they didn't need was more faith. They already had it. The players themselves knew it wasn't over. Remember that the reason Grant Hill and Steve Nash re-signed was because they believed the Suns could still be a contender and were a much better team than what their 08-09 result showed. Does anybody else remember Grant Hill's should be famous among Suns fans quote,"We have unfinished business"? Those are the words he told us after signing his new contract with the Suns. Remember trade deadline? We were just a few games over .500 and Jared Dudley was campaigning to not trade Amar'e Stoudemire. Why? Because, "we need him to compete!". Even Jared Dudley thought the Suns could still be a contender, mid-way through the season following a 12-18 game stretch.
Compare then to now. Ask yourselves, what are the players saying? How is the chemistry? Where is the talent? Can we get better?
Between contending, rebuilding and remaining mediocre, I'd rather we take the rebuilding process if contending isn't a possibility and I don't believe it is.
Now, there are two ways we can go about this, but they both involve the Phoenix FO doing something they don't seem to have the guts to do. Call up New York and Orlando about trading Steve Nash.
It's simple, the Knicks could give us Billups, Landry, Dougles and Shumpert. It's a terrible offer, I know and I don't like it for either team, yet I believe the Knicks would do it if they failed to land CP3.
The Magic could offer Nelson, a couple late 1st round picks and Bass/Anderson. Terrible offer, although I like it a bit more than the former and it may be the best we could get.
Plus, I seriously see the Orlando Magic saying yes to that. They're in a tough situation in that they could lose Dwight Howard for nothing if they don't improve, but the problem is that they can't seem to find the players to convince Dwight to stay.
Nash despite his age, I believe will be enough to convince Dwight. Grant Hill too (I know weird). They get Nash, sign his buddy Hill and bring in another role player or two and they should have a squad better than their previous two versions if not better than their 08-09 version. Hill and Howard should make for a great defensive team while Nash and Howard should make for a great offensive team. I know a lot of Magic fans would be against this because of the age of those guys, but I'm positive that if it really happened, they'd all talk themselves into it including the media. After all, it's not hard to talk yourself into Steve Nash and Grant Hill, especially when Dwight Howard is on your team and Grant is actually healthy. That right there is Championship material.
Back to the Suns. We move on having accomplished the first phase of the rebuilding process. Then next summer, we can add some intriguing, young players through free agency and a few 1st rounders to our group of Jameer Nelson, Bass/Anderson, Gortat, Frye and Dudley. Not a bad way to begin the second rebuilding phase.
What say ye?
[Note by Beavis 25, 12/06/11 9:24 PM PST ]
There is a actually a 4rth option, "Conbuilding". Kerr tried it in 08 and 09 and it worked until Sarver traded Amar'e, Dragic lost his confidence and Lopez his back and legs, but I think it may be too late to try it again. Just wanted to note that.
No need to wait until 7pm EST to see the 2011-2012 NBA schedule for the Phoenix Suns on NBA TV tonight, we have it now! Thanks to Paul Coro and the AZ Republic, we have obtained the complete Phoenix Suns schedule before the official unveiling.
As expected, some of the NBA's biggest stars and marquee players will not be seen at US Airways Center this season; including Dwight Howard, Derrick Rose, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Amare Stoudemire (although they will still face these players in away games). In addition, the Suns will face some unique challenges this season because of the condensed schedule. A shortened season creates less time to play the games; which means less rest for aging superstars Steve Nash and Grant Hill. What other challenges will the schedule bring for the Suns? Continue reading after the jump for the complete schedule and a breakdown of what the Suns can expect in the coming season.
Here are a few of the biggest challenges I see the Suns facing based on this schedule. First, like every NBA season, the Suns will play some back-to-back games, but, this season it happens 17 times. Not only that, they also have two stretches where they will play three games in a row (Feb. 13,14,15 and March 14,15,16)...and in both cases the Suns will have to travel between both home and away games during these stretches. Another potential pitfall of the schedule is that the Suns will face every eastern powerhouse team (Heat, Celtics, Bulls, Magic, Knicks) in an away game...doesn't exactly seem fair.
The good news? The longest road stretch is only five games which isn't too bad, and the Suns also start and finish their season at home. Also, the three-in-a-row games are against Warriors-Nuggets-Hawks in February, and Jazz-Clippers-Pistons in March...So at least their opponents for these three game streaks are projected to be only average.