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.

The Phoenix Suns will participate in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, with the first game starting on Saturday, July 12th (for the full schedule, take a look here.)

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 it's pretty safe to say that his information is legit.

Here's a look at this year's Sin City Suns:

*Phoenix Suns Assistant Coach Mike Longabardi will coach the team.

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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 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."

Fit in Phoenix

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.

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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!

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The Suns have officially entered the LeBron James sweepstakes, but the unfortunate reality is that only one team can land his talents... which will result in a mass initiation of "Plan B" across the league.

A contingency plan.

In the event of a post-apocalyptic world that doesn't include LeBron James being reborn as a Phoenix... the Suns are going to need one.

Please don't stop reading. I know that I'm probably wasting both of our time, because why wouldn't James want a ride on the Orange Express, but prudence dictates resiliency. After all, what kind of fiduciary would McMiracle be if he wasn't ridiculously prepared for all possible eventualities?

Does he really seem like the type of ninja to get smoke screened? That's what I thought.

We all know Plan A is a reach for the stars, but Plan B is fraught with pitfalls as well.

Without trying to be too much of a stormy petrel here are a few of them...

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Here's a list of 20 of the top free agents. I'm not suggesting that these are necessarily the top 20, I didn't put them in order and I didn't list our own. A comprehensively ranked list can be found elsewhere... that's a different article. From perusing the full list of agents about to be freed in the coming days, though, it starts to thin out quite a bit after this.

While Phoenix is making a play at LeBron, isn't it just as likely (or moreso) that Miami is able to get James, Wade and Bosh to sign back up at a discount ($40 million combined) so they can add a couple players like Lowry and Gasol (for around $20 million combined).  Really, who knows?

Another scenario that sees LeBron leave Miami, let's pretend for Cleveland, suddenly makes the Heat big spenders. They would suddenly have $40 million+ available and need to refill a roster.

The Lakers could look like a pretty good option for Luol Deng.

There are lots of other scenarios. What starts out as a relative paucity of players could dwindle fairly quickly.

Stiff Competition

The Plan A competition consists of (at least) the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, and Dallas Mavericks. You could even add teams like the Golden St. Warriors if the pursuit of Kevin Love is considered more like 2A than B.

As soon as LeBron makes his intentions clear it will be like a reset of free agency. What this means is these remaining teams will be scurrying around to implement their own backup plans when their initial pursuit is fruitless.

The Suns will have their work cut out for them recruiting against this group (again).

Suns have money to burn

The Suns have $17 million on day 1 of free agency, unless they renounce free agents.

By renouncing Bledsoe, Frye, Tucker and releasing the last three guys on the roster, they could have up to $36.4 million available.

Money to Burn - in addition to the Suns


Chart courtesy of Spotrac.

The list above shows teams with a realistic ability to get at least $10 million below the $63.2 million salary cap. The workings of the CBA are quite esoteric, so these numbers are just rough figures and many of them would require specific, and in some cases difficult, action by the teams to achieve. The Jazz, for instance, would have to renounce Gordon Hayward to get to $27 million, but even without that they could be around $18 million. Giving the exact details of each team's cap situation would require a separate article for each team.

Besides the Suns there are 12 other teams with the ability to clear over $10 million in cap space to strike in free agency.  This isn't even representative of the exact level of competition, though, with teams such as the Houston Rockets shedding salary to enter the fray and the potential cap situation of the Heat.

Dark Horses

Here's another potential problem. While the Suns and others are preoccupied, teams like the Pistons, with recent coaching addition Stan Van Gundy, and Bobcats, who will be looking to improve after last season's playoff appearance, will be looking to plunder some of the lower profile players.

It makes sense for these teams to strike while the iron is hot and lure away free agents before they are approached by potentially better destinations.

There are always the reaches, too, where a small to mid market overpays to bring in a player and offset other intangibles with financial compensation.

And who the hell knows what the Philadelphia 76ers are thinking...

Home Cooking

Although many of us are rooting for wanderlust, a lot of these guys will stay put... which may very well include LeBron James.

Just because players have become free agents doesn't mean that they are disenfranchised with their current situations. Eric Bledsoe, P.J. Tucker and Channing Frye are all free agents, but I don't think they are all itching to leave Phoenix. Free agency is just a very normal part of the way business is conducted in the NBA and a process which is used all the time in negotiations where teams re-sign their players.

Trust the Process

Even if it takes going down to plan Q13 I'm sure the Suns have prepared for this period as well as possible. Don't forget that free agents are only a portion of what makes free agency such an exciting and pivotal time.

I would be highly surprised if the Suns don't make some kind of trade in the coming days. With the unpredictable, but overwhelmingly positive, results this front office has yielded there is likely something completely off the radar that is on the back burner.

And enjoy this. This time is very exciting and entertaining. After all, isn't that a big part of why we are fans?

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