The Wizards and Suns have been actively trying to move up to No. 2 overall, sources tell Draft Express.

Draft Express is in the scouting service business more than the reporting game, so we're not going overboard here. But we know the Wolves will be willing to part with No. 2 pick for the right deal and Derrick Williams certainly fits at small forward with both the Wiz and Suns. It's going to be the pick to watch come draft night. Williams looks like a strong bet to go No. 2 no matter who owns the pick

http://twitter.com/#!/DraftExpress/status/76379111366475777

What do you guys think of the Suns looking at the DWill at #2 and what would it take to get there?


When Steve Kerr pulled the trigger on a trade that brought the Phoenix Suns one of the best big men in the history of the game, albeit in his older stages, he knew the deal would make him look like...

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Links and things and a player (social network) Roll Call!

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LINKS AND THINGS

  • Paul Coro has an insightful article about newly hired (back in September) Suns Director of Player Personnel and head Draft man Jim Treloar.

"He has a consistency and temperament that's refreshing," said Brady, now head coach at Arkansas State. "He approaches it from a defensive standpoint. The way he evaluates players, he knows who's talented. He likes to know who is tough, competitive and consistent. That reflects on a player's character. He helped me with managing players, skill development, breaking down tape, putting together game plans. He was another head coach. But he's not a credit seeker. He just wants to win."

  • More Coro on Treolar and the D-League - Are the Suns going to change affiliation?  Will they again look to move a D-League team closer to home and hold sole management rights?  Questions for the future...
Last year, the Suns wanted to place a D-League affiliate in Prescott Valley with a hybrid ownership, which would have allowed the Suns to control basketball operations.  It did not work out on the Prescott Valley end but not for lack off interest on the Suns' side.

  • Jess Root over at SBNAZ responds to the latest SBNation mock draft that has the Suns sticking with European 'softy' center Donatas Montiejunas... It's funny, if you're of the same logic that rejects the idea of the Suns drafting Jimmer Fredette due to his lack of defense - then you should also hands down be opposed to the idea of the Suns taking the defensively-challenged Montiejunas.  Especially since he's a supposed defensively-challenged CENTER.  You can refer to my last post about how the Bigs are key to having a solid defensive team to better understand my emphasis.

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  • Everyone knows that we here in Phoenix are not the biggest Chad Ford fans... but he did mention us in his online chat today - 06/01/11.  Take it for what it's worth

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And a little love for one of my favorites in the Draft - Mr. I make you bleed Faried.

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  • Then later on his Twitter he mentioned the Suns yet again while recapping the pre-draft workout of Klay Thompson for the Washington Wizards.

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Right on Cue - Paul Coro with the clutch info regarding the Suns and pre-draft workouts -

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  • Arizona Republic's preview of possible Suns draftees - Bismack Biyombo, Marshon Brooks, Alec Burks, Kenneth Faried, Jimmer Fredette, Jordan Hamilton, Tobias Harris, Tyler Honeycutt, Donatas Montiejunas, Marcus Morris, Markieff Morris, Josh Selby, Chris Singleton, Klay Thompson and Tristan Thompson  - are all the players previewed...  That's 2 PG's, 5 SG's, 2 SF, 4 PF's, 2 C's...  if anybody outside of the tight-lipped Suns organization knew what the team was looking for it would be Coro.  But judging by the variety of players previewed here it looks like NOBODY has a clue as to what the Blanks/Babby brain trust want to do. Add to that the fact that the Suns have absolutely 0 players scheduled to work for them over the next few weeks and your guess is as good as mine.

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Sure, it would be great if he appeared to care more often (in more than his cliché-filled interviews), but it was always wishful thinking to expect Carter to just be rejuvenated by the desert and Nash and turn into a bonafide go-to player, a role the Suns never ended up filling.

Instead he was an inconsistent, inefficient gunner who did not resemble Vince Carter often enough.

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PLAYER ROLL-CALL

Jared Dudley - probably the easiest to track down, is in San Diego working out and living the dream.  He tweets about twice a day about how he's either working out or at the gym doing cardio.  Classic Dudley - that's why we love him.

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Steve Nash - also an easy follow because of his Twitter activity.  He's keeping busy in New York like usual for the summer.  I also saw that he was in Jamaica for a while.  BTW - I've never had Oxtail nor did I know you could eat it... but to me it looks disgusting. WTF.

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Grant Hill - Keeping busy with his new roll on the Basketball Hall of Fame Board - giving speeches at diet/nutrition conferences and chilling at home with his kids playing video games in Orlando Florida.

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Channing Frye - Is loving the crappy weather in Portland... and apparently grilling a ton and eating lots of food while posting funny pictures and enjoyable Finals/playoffs commentary. I Hope he puts on a lot of weight.

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Garret Siler - I assume he was in his home land of Georgia - but now he's headed to Orlando to work out with Marcin Gortat and Grant Hill. 

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Hakim Warrick - was in Phoenix for a while working out - then went to Vegas and gambled a bunch and now he's back home in Philly and just had his car shipped to his house.  #MustBeNice

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Mickael Pietrus - He's back overseas in Malaga and listening to a lot of Musica and who knows what else. 

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Marcin Gortat - He's a happy man having one some hefty bets on Soccer and the NBA playoffs - he's down in Orlando working out currently.

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Aaron Brooks -  I don't know what he's doing or where he's at... I'll tweet him and see if I get a response, but I doubt it. 

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Zabian Dowdell - As well, I'm not sure where he's at or what he's up to. 

Josh Childress - Also MIA on the social network front .

Gani Lawal - As well MIA.

Robin Lopez - MIA... but he was seen at the Phoenix Comicon last weekend, the last we've heard from him was this cryptic tweet, maybe YOU can decipher it.

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What.... Does... It.... Mean...?

[UPDATE by Eutychus, 06/01/11 3:51 PM PDT ]

I posted a quick tweet to Aaron Brooks and got a very fast response... a partial response but I respect the love. Apparently he's back home in Seattle.
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PHOENIX — Vince Carter wouldn’t be such a bad player if he didn’t used to be Vince Carter. You remember him, the guy who jumped over a seven-footer, delivered an all-time dunk contest...

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