Just like the Phoenix Suns are turning over a new leaf with big changes by a management team that's been in the background for two years, so it goes with Bright Side of the Sun. Seth Pollack (formerly PhoenixStan), Wil Cantrell and East Bay Ray have all decided to move on to a life without blogging Suns basketball.

As a former Suns point guard put it recently: "This is a tough business and the only thing constant in life is change."

Taking over the best and brightest Suns blog in the nation is a daunting but exciting task, made much easier by the stable of experienced and wonderfully talented writers now joining me on the BSotS masthead.


So as we usher in a new era of Suns basketball, we also usher in some fresh changes to your favorite Suns sports blog!

Hit the jump for more details on who's authoring your Suns news these days.

Seth accepted a cushy corporate job all the way over in Washington DC at roughly the same time Wil and Ray decided their families and real jobs (like, whatevs!) were pullng their attention away from BSotS. So we had to devise a new team, including a new Blog Manager, editors and authors. While it may appear that I was the only one who didn't take a step back when volunteers were requested, that's not the case at all. I have been wanting this opportunity for a while now. Bwaahahahahaha!

SB Nation - the parent site and all-around visionary - is planning big, and I mean BIG, improvements to the website over the next few months before the 2012-13 season ramps up. I can't give you details of those as of yet, since I haven't even seen them, but our boy Seth is gushing about them offline. Our former overlord is right at the middle of all those changes. He's still got our backs, folks.

Who is your new management staff for Bright of the Sun?

Alex Laugan: Site Manager

I have officially been a member of this fun and creative website since March 2010, just as the Suns were ramping up their last run to the Western Conference Finals. As with most of you, I'd lurked for at least a year on a daily basis until realizing it was time to share my own thoughts on the Suns. Lucky for me, people liked reading those thoughts and I soon became a regular contributor.

Jim Coughenour: Editor, Author

How could we NOT add Jim to our literary rolls at some point, right? The man knows the English language almost as well as he knows basketball. Okay, maybe even moreso. He is a walking thesaurus who happens to have more common sense than most red-blooded bloggers, a big plus in my book.

My first memories of Jim involve haggling with him over the Hedo Turkoglu acquisition. Jim was actually skeptical of Hedo's ability to play the 4. Go figure. Oh yeah, and he didn't actually love the Childress or Warrick acquisitions either. Like I said, the man's got some common sense.

Omaha Sun: Editor, Author

We are lucky to have Omaha in the editing and writing pool after having been a contributor for nearly two years himself. Omaha also writes and edits for The Creightonian and Ridiculous Upside while hitting the books at Creighton. He really know his college basketball which helps shape our draft previews and keeps us up to date D-League prospects throughout the season. Oh yeah, and he lives and breathes Suns basketball despite being more than half a country away.

Leiland Tanner: Author and Social Media Master

Now, raise your hand if you know who Leiland Tanner is. No? Okay, I'll give you a hint: he's been a BSotS member the fall of 2009 and posted more than 5,000 comments and almost 150 fansposts and articles. Still no? Another hint: his posts stand out because they are so rich in multi-media content, often including homemade professional-grade videos on the Suns.

Still nothing! Leiland Tanner is...Eutychus! Yes folks, Leiland has come out of the closet and now writes under his given name. He's done so because he is ready for a larger role representing BSotS in the Suns community. While he has a full-time job and young family already, Leiland is going to represent our blog when possible at Suns events and on social media sites such as facebook and twitter. Leiland will work to expand our reach wider than its ever been!

7footer: Author and Season Ticket Holder

7footer joined BSotS about the same time I did - during the magical 2010 run to the Conference Finals. We've been trying to get him to write for us since then, and he's finally accepted the challenge. As a season ticket holder, 7footer brings a first-hand perspective to Suns coverage. Fold that in with great judgment, writing ability and a keen sense of reason, and you have an ideal author for the Bright Side. Few contributors provide such depth and logic to their posts - we just had to get the man to put his thoughts in their own stories rather than buried in the comments section!

Hey Alex, what about practice, game and press conference coverage?

Your new BSotS staff all have "other" lives, including full-time jobs and families. While we can carve out plenty of time for the blog, none of us are in position to cover the Suns fulltime as Seth used to do. However, all is not lost!

First-hand Suns coverage of press conferences, practices and games - including audio and video - will be gathered and shared by the great guys over at SB Nation AZ - Kris Habbas and Jess Root. So don't worry about losing first-hand news as it happens with the Suns. Kris and Jess have already been sharing audio of recent press conferences these past few weeks which has helped our coverage tremendously.

Please join me in welcoming the new BSotS management team!

As a group, we all have a sunny disposition. If you thought the site was fairly optimistic before, you won't see much change there. We will find our niche throughout the summer and be humming along when the season really ramps up.

See you on the Bright Side!

It comes as no surprise, but the New Orleans Hornets have matched the Suns’ $58 million offer to Eric Gordon. ESPN’s Marc Stein was the first to break the news. While many in Phoenix were...

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Does Courtney Lee have a role in plan B?

Many people are unsure of what exactly New Orleans Hornets' general manager Dell Demps is trying to achieve this off-season. The relationship between the Hornets and Eric Gordon showed obvious strain during his free agency recruitment by the Suns. The Hornets have pursued a glut of personnel at the positions occupied by their franchise players (Anthony Davis and Gordon). Demps has been a tough read.

We have gained clarity on part of his plan - which was indicated from the outset. The Hornets have matched the Suns' offer sheet for restricted free agent Eric Gordon, just as sources maintained they would throughout this process.

The decision doesn't come as a surprise. The Suns have been active during the 3 day waiting period, with the notable visit from unrestricted free agent O.J. Mayo on Friday. Presumably, this action was taken knowing there was a good possibility this would be the eventual outcome. All indications were that the following tweet was more of a formality than an announcement.

Hornets (taking the full 3 days to decide) announce---as expected, they have matched #Suns' 4-year, $58 million offer sheet to Eric Gordon

— Craig Grialou (@Craig620) July 14, 2012

Now that the Suns are officially out of the running for Gordon, they will adjust their focus to other options to fill their current vacancy at the shooting guard position. Although Gordon was the most coveted name on the Suns' list of potential shooting guards, there is still other talent available. Two of the more popular names the Suns are reported to have interest in were mentioned again after the match on Gordon was confirmed.

O.J Mayo and Courtney Lee are two names at the top of Suns' list of guards to pair with Goran Dragic now that they've lost out on Gordon

— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 14, 2012

Besides Mayo and Lee, the Suns may still have interest in bringing back their own free agents Shannon Brown and Michael Redd. This decision by the Hornets has not left the Suns without options. Phoenix also still has the matters of Robin Lopez and Grant Hill to attend to.

Don't be surprised if many of these pieces fall into place quickly now that the Gordon situation has been resolved.

----UPDATE: 3:50PM - Alex Laugan----

Suns official statement on the Gordon offer sheet right here. Suns still have plenty of room to maneuver under cap as long as Beasley and/or Dragic wait a bit longer to sign, so this should not impact them much beyond timing of press conferences.

"We have been notified that the New Orleans Hornets have matched our Offer Sheet with Eric Gordon, as is their right under the Collective Bargaining Agreement. While we are disappointed that Eric will not be a Sun at this time, we have no regrets in doing all that we could under the rules to bring him to Phoenix. Once Eric passes his physical in New Orleans, our full cap room will be restored and we will move forward in free agency. In the meantime, we are on track to pursue our plans."

The Eric Gordon restricted free agency saga concludes tonight.

Today is the day, Bright Siders. We now have hours, not days, left to wait. By 9 p.m. Arizona time, the Eric Gordon saga will have reached its conclusion. By that time, we will know whether or not the Hornets and general manager Dell Demps have decided to match the four-year, $58 million offer sheet Gordon signed with the Suns. If they match, he's a Hornet. If they don't, he's a Sun. That's all there is to it at this point.

The process has been long and taxing for the Suns and their fans. It began when the Suns contacted Gordon after midnight on July 1, the first day of free agency. Then Gordon agreed to sign a max contract offer sheet with the Suns after being wined and dined by Suns brass. The 23-year-old shooting guard officially put pen to paper (or is it stylus to iPad?) and signed the offer sheet on July 11 after the moratorium ended. The Hornets reportedly have already made their decision and will match, but decided to take the full three days anyway. Today is the third day, and today we will find out whether the Hornets were serious about matching or just bluffing.

So for now, we wait. Feel free to wait here with us, as the news could break at any time.

Everything points to New Orleans matching, so don't get your hopes up too much. However, even if Gordon is not able to join the team the Suns are still in a good place going forward. Make the jump to see why.

Few fans had much faith in the Suns' leadership heading into this offseason. The Suns have been the butt of jokes for years.

Owner Robert Sarver is notorious for his penny-pinching ways, and fans, bloggers and reporters alike crack jokes at his expense quite frequently. The fact that the Suns have been luxury tax payers for the majority of Sarver's ownership tenure is irrelevant, and it doesn't matter that the sale of draft picks had more to do with former coach Mike D'Antoni's refusal to play rookies than Sarver's reluctance to pay them. Nope, Sarver is cheap and he won't pay big time free agents.

But even worse, in addition to being cheap the Suns have also built up a reputation of incompetence. Management has made several questionable moves over the last few years. From the way Amar'e Stoudemire was allowed to walk away with minimal return for the Suns, to the subsequent moves to replace him (Turkoglu, Warrick, Childress), to the trade that sent away Goran Dragic and a first round draft pick, the Suns have been anything but savvy decision-makers as of late.

So the Suns are cheap and incompetent. That's the reputation the team has among many fans (and even some writers). Even many Bright Siders here rarely turn down a chance to take a shot at the front office and are constantly lamenting the fact that quality free agents would never choose to sign with Phoenix.

However, judging by the way the Suns have fared in free agency so far this year, it appears the way fans see the team is very different from how the players perceive the organization. Phoenix brass has met with and offered contracts to three free agents -- Gordon, forward Michael Beasley and guard Goran Dragic -- and have secured commitments from all three. Again, the Suns are three-for-three with their targets. So much for nobody signing with the Suns.

The truth is, the Suns have done an excellent job of making Phoenix an attractive destination for prospective free agents.

The most important factor in any free agent's decision is of course money. The Suns have certainly offered competitive contracts, and Sarver hasn't hesitated to dish out the cash. But they didn't just outbid everyone. Eric Gordon was getting a max contract from somebody no matter what; but the Suns convinced him to sign their offer. Goran Dragic was reportedly looking for a contract paying him $10 million per year, yet the Suns signed him for $7.5-8 million annually.

Location and climate certainly don't hurt. Phoenix is a pretty nice spot to spend the winter months, unless of course you enjoy freezing your tail off.

Aaron Nelson and his training staff are considered to be the best in the business, and with good reason. The success the trainers have had extending the careers of the likes of Steve Nash, Grant Hill and Shaquille O'Neal is the organization's trump card when luring in new players.

Once the Suns get a player in for a meeting, president of basketball operations Lon Babby, general manager Lance Blanks, head coach Alvin Gentry and Sarver do a great job of making a good impression. The team goes all out to woo the players and is not afraid to think outside the box, as you cn tell from the welcome parade for Gordon and the comic book for the Suns' own restricted free agent Robin Lopez.

Finally, Phoenix has proven itself to be one of the more player-friendly destinations in the NBA, and that includes both the coaching staff and the front office. As painful as it is, the Steve Nash situation is a perfect example of this. The Suns remained loyal to Nash throughout his time as a Sun, right up the the very end when they even helped facilitate his move to a bitter rival. Players take notice of that.

When you take all this into consideration, things don't look so bad on the free agent front. The Suns went out and signed some quality free agents, and there is no reason to think they can't continue to do the same thing.

Once the Gordon situation is revolved, the rest of the dominoes should fall in short order. Dragic and Beasley will officially sign their contracts, Robin Lopez will be addressed and if the Hornets match the Suns will turn to their second option at shooting guard, reportedly O.J. Mayo. And considering how the offseason has gone so far, I'd be surprised if they weren't four-for-four by the end of the day.

PHOENIX — Two 13th overall picks, two investments toward the future. Markieff Morris and Kendall Marshall enter their first Vegas Summer League together, and as two marquee points of emphasis...

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