Robert Sarver can't quiet the great Steve Nash. Show the fans that you're ready to start anew. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Phoenix Suns to Play Denver Nuggets in Preseason- AZ Central

The Phoenix Suns' front office has some burned bridges to repair. With less than a month before the projected opening day of the 2011-2012 NBA season, Robert Sarver and Suns management must convince an alienated fanbase that they're committed to turning a new leaf and starting anew.

The Suns will start off the preseason against the Denver Nuggets on a to-be-determined date. Today is the first day that contact with player's agents can be made, and Dec. 9 is the first day that free agents can sign contracts.

Deal could give Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver Fresh Start- AZ Central

Sarver's "Project Refresh", initiated during the extended offseason, aims to improve fan relations in every aspect of the franchise. The transition from being a notoriously hard-line owner during the lockout and becoming a franchise ambassador to the fans, will be an awkward one for Sarver. One of the most popular Phoenix Suns of all time, Steve Nash, was vocal about his displeasure with Robert Sarver during the lockout, an opinion shared by the vast majority of Suns fans as a result.

As a Suns fan, I'm going to need a lot more than a new CBA to believe that Robert Sarver is the man for the job. Actions speak louder than words here, certainly, and I'll be happy when I see the Suns front office making deals, leaked information about Lon Babby talking to player agents, and the Suns getting back together to practice.

Suns players can start practicing together, sans coaches, tomorrow. I'd love to be there.

Grant Hill Is Suns First Free Agent Priority

Apparently, re-signing Grant Hill is the first order of business for Lon Babby and the first phone call placed this morning when contact was allowed with agents (7am this morning).

I expect the next call was to Nash's agent, so they can give Grant an answer to his first question "Is Steve going to be here the whole time I'm signed?"

Plus, lots of other tidbits from Coro as well... hit that link!

Portrait of focused Nash and Hill designed to invoke excitement amongst the readers. Amongst? or Among? HM (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

A Note From Management:

I would like to personally thank every single one of you who lurked around through the lockout B.S. and returned to BSOTS once again for your Suns news, links, coverage, personality, pictures, videos, and of course witty bantering, inside jokes, and excessive rosterbation.

And while I am in the mood to give thanks, I would like to introduce to the masses our two newest "Official Writers:"

  • You know the man as very tall, like insanely tall, and a lover of those crappy mid 90's jerseys (yeah I said it. Hated them.) He's most likely one Gortat injury away from getting a shot at the starting center job on the Suns...Oh and he's an excellent, knowledgeable writer and all-around nice kid: 7-Footer!!!!! So, like can you dunk?
  • Our next new guy has been on BSOTS for over 3 years. That's a serious commitment. Combining a rapists wit with a passionate love for all things SUNS, please welcome: PHXgp!!!!!
These men stuck around through the lockout and helped the crew continue the QUALITY TOTAL COVERAGE you all demand. If you are new to the site, welcome, we are happy to have you around, as long as you are nice, respectful, don't start blog wars (especially with the Bedge-those can get serious) and adhere to the guidelines.

Please help me in welcoming the boys to the BSOTS crew. We are refreshed, poised, willing, able, uninhibited, and obsessed with reporting all things Suns and NBA. But mostly Suns.


Grant Hill, still awesome

Guess what today is, NBA fans? It's July 1, the beginning of the annual NBA free agent bonanza, extravaganzapoloza! Today is actually the last day of November but it might as well be the middle of summer. It is the day when NBA teams can break their lockout imposed hibernation and start talking to people and even sports agents too.

Today is the start of the 2011 NBA Free Agency period and we have a list of all the available free agents ranked in order of their awesomeness and guess where Grant Hill falls on that list (hint: still awesome).

Officially, nothing can be agreed to and supposedly teams and agents aren't even supposed to come to verbal, let alone handshake deals on the many free agents out there looking for jobs. Yeah, right. What's really going to happen (probably) is that GMs and agents are going to talk, nod, wink, argue, nod again, and then leak their alleged deals to Twitter.

This won't be like last summer with the LeBron and Amare fiasco. This time there's going to be teams like Denver and New Orleans who have a lot of money to spend and a lot of jobs to fill with a list of guys looking for jobs. It's like dating but with (mostly) old white guys and (mostly) young athletic guys. The fine folks at the Syracuse basketball program know all about how this works (Yes, I went there. Get over it).

There is a twist this year because of the new CBA that's going make for a lot of interesting trade activity at the top of the food chain. Guys like Chris Paul and Dwight Howard aren't going to wait around until 2012 to become free agents. They are likely going to be traded before January.

This hurts the Suns who have cap space in 2012. I'll be writing more about that later in the day after I take a shower and wash off the stink of that horrible Syracuse joke.

In the mean time, here's a VERY comprehensive list of the available free agents, including Mr. Grant Hill who ranks 15th.

Top NBA Free Agents Of 2011: A Delectable Class Of Players Awaits -

15. GRANT HILL Small forward, 39 years old, 6'8 Unrestricted free agent 2011 stats: 13.2 points and 4.2 rebounds in 30 minutes per game; 14.7 PER Grant Hill will play 30 minutes of tough defense, efficienct offense and cuddy smiles through the age of 56, whether you like it or not.

Check it out and strap yourself in (or on) for Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.

No one wanted a shortened season. Not the players, not the owners, not the fans, not even David Stern. In an ideal world, those 149 days that made up the NBA lockout would have been filled with free...

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