A collection of all the rumors and speculations swirling around the web, including trades and free agent signings.

The finals are over and tis' the season for rumors. The Suns came out of the blue last year and nabbed Eric Bledsoe, Gerald Green, Miles Plumlee and multiple draft picks. Everyone is wondering what type of magic McDonough can conjure this offseason. This article will contain likely and unlikely scenarios. Let us begin.

LeBron James opts out of his contract in Miami and signs with the Suns. (Unlikely)

As good of fit as it seems, LeBron likely won't be playing in Phoenix next year expect for the opposing team. We won't know too much else on this topic till LeBron decides to opt out of his contract or not.

The Suns don't keep their three, first round picks. (Likely)

McDonough has stated in multiple interviews that the plan is not to draft three rookies. Expect some sort of trade involving picks to happen around draft day.

Kings send Isaiah Thomas and the 8th pick to the Suns for Eric Bledsoe (Next to Impossible)

This trade is not even possible. Both are RFAs, meaning their teams cannot trade them during the draft. And, because they are RFAs they each have the right to sign with any team, not the team they are told to sign with. So even if the Kings were dumb enough to draft "for the Suns" on June 26 with the hope this trade could happen, the players themselves are very likely to say "no thanks".

Also, Thomas (5'9") makes the Suns backcourt smaller than it already is and he doesn't have the defensive and rebounding mindset of Bledsoe. This trade only makes sense if the Suns are immediately flipping it into another deal.

The Suns Re-sign Eric Bledsoe to a max deal. (Likely)

Bledsoe showed star potential last year by averaging 17.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 5.5 apg, and 1.6 spg. The Suns have made their intetions known earlier in the season that they would match any offer Bledsoe received in free agency. The only way the Suns don't resign Bledsoe is if they see his injuries as too much of a risk. Bledsoe only played 43 games last season due to injury.

The Suns Trade for Kevin Love (Unlikely)

As much as I wish to see Love in a Suns jersey next season, it's not likely to happen. The Suns have good assets to trade for Love, a multitude of draft picks over the next few years and Bledsoe or Dragi?. But, Love has shown no interest in wanting to play in the desert. With the lack of a guarantee that Love will sign an extension it is hard seeing the Suns give away as much as Minnesota would ask for Love, for a one-year rental. On top of that, other teams such as Golden State have stated per sources at ESPN that they would be willing to give up Klay Thompson and David Lee to acquire Love.

The Suns re-sign P.J. Tucker (Uncertain)

The Suns have stated they want to re-sign Tucker quickly in free agency. But if a trade were to happen before free agency hits, the Suns may not be able to pay Tucker the money he deserves. There will also be plenty of other suiters for Tucker who will most likely pay more than the Suns are willing to for Tucker. Tucker is known to love PHX and wants to re-sign here. At this point, the idea of Tucker playing in a Suns uniform next season is still up in the air.

"It's like the best and worst situation," Tucker said. "I know I'm going to be in a better position business wise, but maybe I have to go to a team that's not so good. You never know. It's kind of scary, especially going through this for the first time so late in my career. They've talked to me and said they want to have me back. I think that's great, and I'm excited about seeing what happens." via AZCentral.com

Carmelo Anthony opts out (Very Likely) signs with the Suns (Unlikely)

Put simply, Chicago and Houston are Melo's top destinations at this point in time. But I guess anything is possible.

The Suns move up in the draft (Uncertain)

The Suns have assets to move up in the draft but it is hard to know when to move up or not. McDonough stated it best.

"How high we can get we probably won't know until right before the draft or after the draft starts and we're on the clock to see who starts coming off the board." McDonough also stated, "But we don't want to do it (trade up) just for the sake of doing it and give up an asset and say, 'Aw, shoot . . . that guy we moved up to get would have been there at 14 anyway,' and we could have kept the pick or the player or what have you." via msn.foxsports.com

Look for more Suns rumors and speculations throughout the offseason.

CBSSports.com college basketball writer (and incidentally, my cousin) Matt Norlander gave me his take on the 2014 NBA Draft, from a wide-angle perspective and in terms of who could fit with the...

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Do you wanna build a snowman? Wait, it is June in Arizona let's just stay inside and listen to some podcast. Yeah, that works.

It has been a minute, right? Here we are back in the saddle with a two-part Phoenix Suns Podcast touching on every aspect of basketball in the valley right now.

Part one features Nate Parham of Swish Appeal and Golden State of Mind to talk WNBA, Phoenix Mercury, 2014 All-Star Game (in Phoenix on July 19th), and much more. Nate always does a great job with his terrific knowledge of the league and the players. He is on the Mercury bandwagon.

Listen to Part One Here: Phoenix Suns Podcast Episode 57 w/Nate Parham

Next Jim Coughenour slides back into the co-pilot chair to talk Suns, NBA Draft, and of course, Kevin Love. Is it worth it to move up in the draft? Should the team keep all three picks? Who do the experts have the Suns taking now? Why does Kris hate the idea of trading for Kevin Love? Most of my venom was used off camera, but it might come out next week... Stand by.

Listen to Part Two Here: Phoenix Suns Podcast Episode 57 Part Two

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PHOENIX — The clock is ticking. Six days from now, the Phoenix Suns will be hunkered down in U.S. Airways Center with first-hand workouts of more than two rounds worth of prospects helping to...

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Today's Suns workout was headlined by Tyler Ennis, Cleanthony Early, Russ Smith, and a handful of free agent hopefuls.

Today, the Suns workout featured Tyler Ennis (PG, Syracuse),  Cleanthony Early (SF, Wichita St.), and the second visit from Russ Smith (PG, Louisville), along with a group of likely undrafted free agents.

Tyler Ennis is a true point guard from Syracuse who is skilled beyond his years.  Ennis is a skilled ball-handler, passer, and is excellent running the pick-and-roll and the drive-and-kick.  He is also a good shooter, and proved to be very clutch in late game situations for Syracuse.

As a 19 year old freshman, Ennis led Syracuse in assists with 5.5 per game.  He was also second on the team in scoring, averaging 12.9 points per game, showing his versatility as a scorer as well as the floor general.  The biggest knock on Ennis is his average athleticism, and his ability to finish in the paint, especially through contact.  On defense, he can sometimes be beaten by quicker guards, but he is also quick enough to stay in front of many opponents.  In fact, Ennis did pretty well in his athletic testing at the NBA Combine, with a 36 inch vertical and a 2.84 sec shuttle run, as well as measuring in with a 6' 7" wingspan.

Cleanthony Early, a small forward from Wichita St., was also in attendance at the Suns' workout today.  Early is a versatile scorer who can put the ball in the hoop from anywhere on the floor.  He is athletic enough to drive into the paint and score in traffic, and a good enough shooter to make the defense pay from the perimeter.

Early led his team in scoring, averaging 16.4 points per game. Early is not a volume shooter either, he is extremely efficient, registering a .627 TS% (true shooting percentage).  In addition, Early uses his strength and athleticism to crash the boards, grabbing 5.9 on average per game, which was also the highest rebounding average on his team.  Early's biggest downsides are his age and his poor passing ability.  At 23 he is one of the oldest players in the draft, and has a low assist percentage.  He is also a tweener, playing mostly as a power forward at Wichita St., and now making the transition to small forward.

The other noteworthy player in attendance today was Louisville point guard Russ Smith.  This was Smith's second workout with the Suns...the only player we have seen make a return visit thus far.  Smith is a very quick, scoring point guard who is also working on showing teams that he can play as a traditional passing point guard as well.  He averaged 18.2 points per game as a senior, but also increased his assists to 4.6 per game this past season.  Obviously the Suns were impressed enough with Smith to bring him back in for a second look.  He could be a great option late in the draft, especially if he falls to the second round.

Here's a look at the full list of prospects in attendance today:

Prospect Profiles:


Cleanthony Early

On his ability to shoot from NBA range:

"It's really good, I've been shooting the ball really, really well.  But it's something that needs to improve like everything else...strengths need to improve, weaknesses need to improve.  But it's something I'm doing daily so I know it's going to happen."

On optimism of playing in the NBA

"I know I belong here.  I'm a good basketball player and I'm working hard to get even better.  I have big goals and that doesn't end draft night.  I'm not satisfied just being drafted.  I'm not hanging my head if I don't get drafted at a certain number.  I understand the things I can control and the things I can't control, so I'm manifesting my own destiny."

On fit with Suns

"I love the run and gun style.  I'm a fast athlete.  We just did the vertical test and I cleared over 12 feet.  I can run, I can jump, I can shoot the ball."

Tyler Ennis

On Suns workout

"It was a good workout.  Through the grapevines you hear that it's a tough workout, you get up and down a lot. You figure with the way Phoenix plays you'll be running a lot. I just try to get up and down as fast as possible and stick to my game."

On what he's trying to show teams in the workout

"Everyone sees me as a pass-first point guard.  What I want to show is that I can defend the point guard position.  Coming from Syracuse, a lot of people questions that.  And, I want to show that I can shoot the NBA three.  College wise they know I can knock it down,  but the NBA line is a little further.  So I want to show them I can knock it down off the dribble, catch-and-shoot, and show them that I can also lead guys that are older than me."

On what he brings to a team

"I think my facilitating ability, making guys better, and finding guys.  Just being able to control the tempo of the game.  I can play in the half-court set, and I can get up-and-down as well."

On familiarity with Suns' system

"I think everyone knows the run-and-gun Phoenix Suns.  They have a lot of young guys and a lot of young players.  They had a really good season last year.  I think anyone that has a chance to come here and be a part of this organization is lucky.  They have a great staff and a great set of players.  If I end up here I'd be more than happy."

Russ Smith

On second workout with the Suns

"I tried to do my best.  This is the first (second visit), then I go back to L.A. (Clippers) on Monday."

On workouts/interviews and impressions with Suns

"I feel like I did what they asked, I did good.  In the three-on-three settings, two-on-two, one-on-ones.  Definitely if I get into a five-on-five setting it will be a lot better.  This is great, I like the pace, the style, the staff, and what they (Suns) are about.  So I feel really good leaving today."

Ryan McDonough

On Cleanthony Early

"I think he'll be able to play some small forward.  He shoots the ball well enough. He's long, he's athletic enough.  I think that will be a fairly easy transition for him.  I don't think it will be that big of an adjustment for him.

On Russ Smith's second workout

"Russ has great energy.  Some of these guys if you ask them to come back they kind of complain and say how tired they are.  Russ I feel like could play two games and three more workouts tonight and be fine, he's just that kind of well-conditioned athlete.  We like how he pushes the ball, his energy, and his defensive ability. And, he has some pretty unique stuff off the dribble...and he's able to create his own shot and create shots for others.  He's a guy we're interested in, and we give him credit for coming back."

On Tyler Ennis

"I think the thing that stands out most about Tyler Ennis is his composure.  He was unbelievable in late game situations this year.  If you look at his possessions in close and late games he was off the charts in how many game winners he hit, and how many big plays he made down the stretch.  He's also got a really good feel.  He just catches (the ball) and makes a simple play.  He doesn't over complicate it.  He had a great year as a freshman and he's a guy we're certainly interested in."

Jeff Hornacek

On Tyler Ennis

"He's got a good feel for the game.  He doesn't try to force things.  He just takes what's given, he makes great reads.  He pulls guys toward him and makes a pass.  In the point guard position that's what you're looking for."

On competition between Ennis and Smith today

"They're different.  Russ is very active.  He plays like a playground game going between the legs, whereas Tyler plays more fundamentally and plays it straight.  So there was a contrast there and they both did a nice job."

On Cleanthony Early

"He can shoot the ball.  He's in great shape conditioning wise.  He filled the lane, he shot it, he was active.  He was physical with guys, and he played the four in college but obviously has to play the three in most of the league, and he's got the good quick feet to make that move."

This will be the last public workout with media availability, though the Suns may be holding a few more private workouts before the draft next Thursday.  Stay tuned for more draft coverage as we approach the big day!

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