Thanks to the lockout, we don't have to spend 2 months arguing over Hedo Turkoglu!  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

In most summers, nothing happens for the Phoenix Suns after the first week or so of free agency until training camp starts. We might get 3-4 more pieces of Suns news (low-end free agents, coaching staff) over a 2.5 month span, but that's in a GOOD summer.

So, you've survived the worst of the lockout, Suns fans! In fact, the rest of the offseason should be a piece of cake.

Usually, we spend the next two months poring over sports stories, googling 'suns' news, fretting about other teams' better signings, arguing about the "fit" of new player X, lamenting the loss of a bench-warmer or two, and rolling eyes at fellow BSotSers' horribly-conceived trades (while our own ideas are genius!).

Basically, two months of high frustration.

Yet this summer is BETTER than that. Thanks to the lack of a CBA, we can't even propose trades with any comfort level. Thanks to the iffy season, we're not even debating keeping/trading Steve Nash ad naseum.

This summer you can relax and enjoy the time off. Get two months of good sleep. Am I the only one who would get up in the middle of the night to check Suns news for any late-breaking rumors or signings. Heck no I'm not. Cuz the one time I missed a midnight signing, there were 600 comments by 7am!

And guess what? There's still the same amount of Suns' related "news" as any other summer after the first week of free agency.


Take a look

BUCKS BEAT: Boylan sticking around

Looks like the Suns' top choice for their defensive coordinator job was Jim Boylan. Milwaukee is reporting he turned down the Suns offer to take a one-year extension with the Bucks. Oh well. It's not like I knew anything about Boylan.


Jason Kidd is finally a champion thanks to Mark Cuban

More Sarver piling-on. He deserves it. While I'm hopeful the new CBA will help the Suns compete more with the big-market teams (Dallas is 4th and Cuban makes gobs of profit on the Mavs every year), Sarver doesn't help himself with the local fans at all. Gotta give him credit for a few things, however small: (a) the Suns refund policy, (b) authorizing expansion of the coaching staff, (c) fighting for what he believes in, as a key owner in the labor deal, (d) keeping complete front office intact during lockout.


Armen Gilliam is the latest Phoenix Suns power forward to meet with misfortune

Wow, I had not connected those dots. Four, count em: 4, former Suns power forwards have met with extreme misfortunate in the past year. Sad.


Marcin Gortat's Phoenix Suns improvement video is starting a series of instructional videos on what Suns players need to work on this summer. Gortat is first up. I'm really glad he's playing for Poland this summer to practice any new moves he picked up from The Dream last month.


Former ASU Star Garret Siler Talks NBA Lockout | ABC 6 WJBF-TV

And here's a video interview of Garret Siler. Getting player interviews is going to be hard this summer, since most of the media access was dictated by team policy.


NBA: Projecting rookie stat lines for Kyrie Irving, Jimmer Fredette, Kemba Walker and other top picks - ESPN

Take a look at the bottom of this list of potential ROYs. Markieff Morris makes an appearance for his highly efficient scoring. Factor in the unmentioned high rebound rate and defensive acumen, and you've probably got yourself a 15-year NBA player. No idea yet how good Morris will be, but he'll fill the box score at least.

Mickael Pietrus is quite the character. He loves the camera and enjoys being in the spotlight, so it’s through those glasses that we must analyze the news that Pietrus told the French...

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Deron Williams Reaches Deal to Play in Turkey

The lockout plot thickens. What other players will follow suit?

Throughout the coming weeks we’ll take a look at what each member of the Phoenix Suns needs to improve on heading into next season (assuming there is one). The formerly 40-42 Suns have a lot to...

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Mickael Pietrus, the French swingman who arrived in the Valley of the Sun via last year's mid-season trade with the Orlando Magic, is ready to part ways with the Phoenix Suns after playing just 38 games for the team. The 6'6" wing averaged 18.1 minutes per game with Phoenix, which was apparently not enough for his liking. 

In a recent interview translated by HoopsHype, Pietrus shared his frustration: "Phoenix didn't use me, but that's their problem. I'm going to continue working. The only thing I care about is winning a title."

Pietrus also shared that he has received interest from many teams, such as the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics. Said Pietrus of the Lakers' interest: "This came from the best player in the world: Kobe Bryant. He told me two months ago that he would like to see me with the Lakers."

For that to happen, however, the Lakers would have to trade for him. Pietrus exercised his $5.3 million player option for the 2011-2012 season on June 15, meaning he is under contract with the Suns for another year.

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