The Phoenix Suns signed Jared Dudley to a five-year extension worth as much as $22.5 million at the buzzer of the deadline Monday night. Although this provides the Suns with a quality player at a...

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Kevin Durant, Al Horford, Joakim Noah, Mike Conley … and Jared Dudley. Those five players are the only members of the 2007 NBA Draft class to receive a contract extension after Dudley inked a...

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Jared Dudley Signs 5-Year Extension With Phoenix Suns, All Part Of Sarver's Plan - SB Nation Arizona
It remains to be seen if the Suns over-played their hand by signing so many players of similar caliber and role or if they've positioned themselves to take advantage of what could be a very interesting market once the new CBA is in place. In the meantime, extending Dudley provides continuity and stability to a team marked by change and the overall contract cost is a fairly low risk for a proven fan favorite who is a solid contributor on a winning team.

 

It's what you all wanted. It's the right move. There are only tweets at this point, so here's what we've heard:

[Note by Wil Cantrell, 11/02/10 5:55 AM MST ]: Check out the links to Coro and Pollack's SB story below:

From Paul Coro:

Jared Dudley has agreed to a five-year, $22.5M contract extension with the Suns...Dudley will have a player option in the 5th year. He will be paid $4.5M in each year of the contract. Signed it minutes before deadline...ared Dudley's 5-year deal has $21.25M guaranteed and another $1.25M in playoff incentives. Here is the complete story. 

And some more, with quotes from Uncle Lon.

From Dudley Himself:

Yes Suns fans!!!! 5 yr Max deal!!!!!!! Lol ok not max but a fair and good deal.. Glad to be apart of this org future..First off have to give God all the glory and praise cuz without him this could not be possible. My Family for always be there supporting me...Gotta also thank Alvin Gentry for giving me an opp to show the world what I can do.. Can't forget @the_real_nash, he gets everybody paid!!!!

Breaking News!! This is bigger then @KingJames going to Miami,bigger then Brett Favre goin to Minn.I have just sign a 5yr deal with the Suns.

Last but not least I have to thank U the Fans!!!! For all the support u have given me.. It means a lot..JMZ now has a bigger budget lol

From Gambo:

The Dudley contract has bonuses of $125 grand if the Suns make the 2nd rd of the playoffs and $125 grand if they make the Conf finals...Dudley can terminate the deal after the fourth year (ETO).

From the Infamous Seth:

RT @JaredDudley619: Yes Suns fans!!!! 5 yr Max deal!!!!!!! Lol ok not max but a fair and good deal.. Glad to be apart of this org future. And check out his complete SB analysis.

From Mike Lisboa:

No details yet, but the Suns just issued an announcement via their text messaging alerts that they have signed forward Jared Dudley to contract extension. No details yet that I'm aware of. I'm sure we'll have numbers soon.

I have to say, I'm fairly surprised. With a new collective bargaining agreement on the horizon, I expected the front office to play the "wait and see" game since JD was going to end up a restricted free agent anyway. That would have been the "cheap" thing to do anyway.

So, breath easy, JD fans (I'm looking at you, Beavis), your boy's got paper. Until they decide to package him with the Turk or J-Rich for another big man, that is. I think everyone will agree this is win-win-win. The Suns get to keep an integral rotation player at a relative bargain, Jared Dudley gets some job security, and Suns fans can rest easy knowing their favorite player not named Steve Nash is locked up for the foreseeable future. And while I'd like to simply leave it at that and go to bed thinking happy thoughts about an eventual Ring of Honor spot for Jared Dudley when he retires after 10+ years of dutiful service for the Suns... well, that's a very movable deal. As the Suns have no shortage of wings, and a dearth of big men, it's entirely possible Dudley could still be packaged in a potential deal should a big man the Suns covet become available.

But let's cross that bridge if/when it happens, shall we? For now, JMZ looks to reporting from the Suns' locker room for quite some time and for that, there should be much rejoicing.

 

and lastly.....

From  Paola Boivin (hur hur hur):

RT @PaolaBoivin:Beckham's mansion in L.A. cost $22 million. @JaredDudley619 can buy it if it goes for sale!( I'm making a bid tomorrow)

There will no doubt be more on this in the coming seconds, minutes, hours, and days. Personally, I love it. Dudley busted ass last season and was an integral part of the team's success. And not one to rest on his laurels, he showed up at camp down 20 something pounds and ready to roll. This is a guy who is a team player, doesn't take his NBA career for granted and most importantly wants to be a Sun.

Props to the FO for getting this done, making Dudz feel wanted, and showing him the $$$ to prove it. I can't say anything negative about this occurrence. He's a fan favorite, he's a straight up baller, brings it every night, the kind of guy you want on your squad, both on the court and in the locker room.

So let's here it: Do you like this as much as me? If not, let's hear why not...More to come.

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PHOENIX – Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was the Nash-to-Amare connection that was the signature of the Phoenix franchise for over half a decade. “We’re still trying to...

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The Phoenix Suns held another practice today, following up on Sunday's practice and in preparation for tomorrow's practice. This will ultimately lead to shootaround on Wednesday, which is essentially a final practice for the fourth game of the season, tipping off Wednesday evening at home against our old friends the San Antonio Spurs.

According to coach Alvin Gentry, 90 percent of these practice sessions have been focused on basically "honing what we already put in," with the other 10 percent being accounted for with a "few things here and there." Yesterday's practice was described as "really good," while today's was considered without additional clarification to be "not so good."

Asked if the end of game offense is still a "work in progress" without the old standard Nash-Amare pick and roll, Gentry said a lot of words that basically, in my mind, answered the question with a yes.

"We've got some things we can still do in that department, but we also have different guys that we can use. We can use Hedo (Turkoglu) now and use Steve (Nash) as a shooter some. So I think there's a lot of areas where we can still get better and improve. I don't know if it's going to be all pick and roll at the end, but you can best believe that Steve's going to be involved in anything that comes down to winning or losing a game."

European Post Moves

Of note, perhaps, is both Serbian assistant coaches Igor Kokoskov and Nenad Trajkovic working on post moves with a variety of Suns players after practice. Today, Igor was working with Hedo Turkoglu (who often stays late) and Nenad was showing a variety of nifty little ball fakes and up-and-unders to Hakim Warrick and Matt Janning (yup, Matt working on post moves). 

On another hoop, coach Corey Gaines was working more on pick and roll type stuff with Garret Siler and Gani Lawal, with the focus on catching and finishing on the move as the roll man. Gaines was an NBA point guard back in the day and had a pretty fine mustache when he played for the Knicks in the mid-90's. Look it up.

Other Notes

  • Gentry gave the Lakers credit for making shots that the Suns wanted them to make. Specifically, Artest, Blake and Barnes hit shots, according to Gentry. He must be talking about the timing of the shots they made because combined those three were 11-for-30 (36.6%).
  • It was Odom (8-12, 18 points, 17 rebounds) and Gasol (10-17, 21 points, 8 rebounds) that did in the Suns. Of course, those two guys are both playing great basketball right now so, you know, tip your hat and whatever.
  • Gentry is pleased with the team's field goal percentage defense so far and thinks it's an improvement on last season. The numbers don't show it (yet): .460 allowed, which is slightly higher than the .452 opponents shot last year. His point specifically was the Lakers "only" shooting 48.4% on the Suns Friday while in the first two games of the playoffs last year, they were in the mid-50's before Gentry was forced into the "girlie" zone. The Suns didn't use the zone extensively Friday.
  • "I think we've gotten better (but) everything has to go right for you to beat a team of that quality. We played good, we didn't play great," Gentry said.
  • Goran Dragic has played well through three games and was asked if he might get more minutes.
  • "There's not enough minutes to go around. There's never enough minutes to go around," Gentry said before adding that there would be some games where he plays 25 to 30 minutes and others where he's at 15 or 18.
  • Jason Richardson said he was "happy but not satisfied" with the way the team played the first week.
  • J-Rich wasn't too upset about his Michigan State Spartans getting whooped on by Iowa. He was consoled by the Detroit Lions win over the Redskins. J-Rich took his kids to the Cardinals game then over to Grant Hill's house for trick or treating. Jason went as himself (didn't wear his jersey) and his son, who dressed up as Kobe Bryant last year (rough), went as something else this time around.
  • Hakim Warrick doesn't worry that people are comparing his dunk in Utah to Amare, "I'm just trying to go out there and play my game and continue to be aggressive and attack the rim."
  • That said, he did let a little exasperation slip over all the hoopla, "I guess a lot of people didn't see me play down there in Memphis." His point being -- and it's a fair point -- that this is Hakim's game. He's always been an aggressive and athletic dunker. Just check the YouTubes.
  • Hakim is certainly happy to be rolling with Nash, "Having Nash, he can make passes that most point guards in the league can't make ... You'll definitely roll harder knowing that you'll get the ball and whenever you're open, he's going to find you."


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