Another week, another Solar Flares FANPOST.

Talk anything NBA or Suns related, or anything you want to commiserate with Suns fans about.

Here's a couple of NBA thread thoughts:

1) European Qualifying Tournament starts Wednesday, for all teams not in the Olympics to qualify for Eurobasket 2013. Our own Marcin Gortat will be playing this week and next to try to qualify Poland.

2) About this time, lots of NBA players hook up in venues across the country to play pickup games to stay in shape, so there's that. Dudley will be in Vegas, likely tweeting on a daily basis about it.

3) There may be a press conference for Jermaine O'Neal this week because he's a 6-time All-Star, though players who sign 1-year, minimum-wage jobs generally don't get a lot of fanfare. Still, it's a signing.

4) Other than that, not much is going on. August is the slowest NBA-related month.

Have at it...

Another week, another Solar Flares FANPOST.

Talk anything NBA or Suns related, or anything you want to commiserate with Suns fans about.

Here's a couple of NBA thread thoughts:

1) European Qualifying Tournament starts Wednesday, for all teams not in the Olympics to qualify for Eurobasket 2013. Our own Marcin Gortat will be playing this week and next to try to qualify Poland.

2) About this time, lots of NBA players hook up in venues across the country to play pickup games to stay in shape, so there's that. Dudley will be in Vegas, likely tweeting on a daily basis about it.

3) There may be a press conference for Jermaine O'Neal this week because he's a 6-time All-Star, though players who sign 1-year, minimum-wage jobs generally don't get a lot of fanfare. Still, it's a signing.

4) Other than that, not much is going on. August is the slowest NBA-related month.

Have at it...

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Always a good defensive player

As reported by Paul Coro this afternoon, the Suns completed their search for a backup big man to man the middle when Marcin Gortat is resting.

The Suns have filled their final guaranteed roster spot and their need for a big man with the most decorated center remaining on the market.

Six-time All-Star Jermaine O'Neal, plagued by injuries in recent years, has agreed to terms to join the Suns.

O'Neal, 33, is a 16-year NBA pro who was an All-Star center for Indiana for six successive seasons from 2001-07. He played the past two seasons for Boston but appeared in only 49 games in those two years. He started 24 games last season for the Celtics, averaging 5.0 points and 5.4 rebounds in 22.8 minutes per game, but underwent season-ending surgery on his left wrist in March.

Straying from their youth movement to get insurance on Channing Frye's shoulder injury, the Suns agreed to terms on what is likely a minimum contract for the 2012-13 season.

At least O'neal is a former all-star.

And Jared Dudley worked out with him this summer and said he was in great shape.

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So at least jared Dudley should be excited!


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