Keep being a beast Keef.

The Phoenix Suns Summer League squad (1-1) takes the court tonight at 5:30 AZ time to take on the New Orleans Hornets (0-2). The game will be shown live on NBA TV and can also be seen online via Summer League Broadband on

The Suns are coming off of their first lost after falling to the Cleveland Cavaliers 89-74. For the second straight game, Suns forward Markieff Morris was the best player on the court. He struggled a bit from the field but went 9-10 from the free-throw line an posted a monster double-double with 24 points,17 rebounds and also chipped in 6 blocks. However, he continues to rack up the fouls. Hopefully he can finish the game with less than six fouls.

Tuesday night's game was also the professional debut of rookie Kendall Marshall, although it was less than impressive. Marshall finished the game with just five assists to go with five turnovers, an air-balled his only field goal attempt. Marshall appeared to be nervous and perhaps a tad bit rusty after having to stay off the court for some time while recovering from the injury that ended his college career.

Look for Marshall to settle in a bit more today an play more under control. Hopefully he can develop some chemistry with his teammates and show off the distributing prowess that made him the 13th pick in the draft. Summer League head coach Dan Majerle said after Tuesday's game that he wants the rookie to be more aggressive and look for his own shot a bit more, so we'll have to keep an eye on that.

The Hornets are lead by Austin Rivers, the tenth overall pick in this year's draft. Rivers has been less than impressive in the Hornets' first two games, averaging 10 points an 3.5 assist while shooting 21.1% from the field including 1-8 from beyond the arc. Rivers is playing plenty of point guard for the Hornets, so the match-up between he and Marshall is one of the major story-lines of this game. Apparently, the Marshall-Rivers match-up won't be happening as Rivers is hurt and will sit out this game.

Lance Thomas, the second year man and undrafted forward out of Duke has probably been the team's best player and is coming off of a 22-point performance. We might see a little bit of him matching up with Morris, which should be fun to watch (although Thomas is playing the 4 and Morris has played mostly 5 for the Suns). Other players to keep an eye on are Xavier Henry, the 12th overall pick in 2010 and Darius Miller, their second round pick this year.

Now here are some news bullets for you:

  • As Alex noted here, the Suns have officially invited forward Charles Garcia to training camp. Garcia is a 6-foot-9 229 pound forward who is playing for the Suns in Vegas.
  • The Portland Trailblazers have signed former Suns guard Ronnie Price to the veteran's minimum. Price may not have lit it up as a Sun, but he was a true professional an played hard every time he got on the court. Best of luck to Ronnie from us here at the Bright Side.
  • Goran Dragic will officially be introduced as a Sun (again) tomorrow after signing his contract. For those of you who haven't heard Dragic will be wearing the number 1 instead of the 2 he wore in his last stint as a Sun.

Now I leave you with some words of wisdom from Kendall Marshall as he prepares for tonight's game:

Swimming pools.

— Kendall Marshall (@KButter5) July 18, 2012

Ladies and Gentlemen, Kendall Marshall.

The Suns have been busy bringing back Goran Dragic, signing Michael Beasley, claiming Luis Scola and whiffing on O.J. Mayo. We discuss all that plus Kendall Marshall's inglorious professional debut at Vegas Summer League.

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Both Goran Dragic and Channing Frye were up early this morning and engaged in a pretty funny conversation. For those who follow them on Twitter you know what I'm talking about.

@Goran_Dragic what are you doing up this early?

— Channing Frye (@Channing_Frye) July 18, 2012

"@Channing_Frye: @Goran_Dragic what are you doing up this early?" I'm flying to Phoenix.

— Goran Dragic (@Goran_Dragic) July 18, 2012

@Channing_Fryejust remember hit some shoots:) lol thank you. It's nice to be back with you guys

— Goran Dragic (@Goran_Dragic) July 18, 2012

Hey if u want assists pass to me I'm not gonna dribble. Lol have a great flight man. Excited to get back out there

— Channing Frye (@Channing_Frye) July 18, 2012

Another great tweet - Goran Dragic in response to a fan who mistakenly blamed Goran for the concussion that Nolan Smith of the Portland Trailblazers sustained last night. I don't know if it's just me, but it's just easy for me to literally hear Goran's voice when I read his tweets - sometimes that doesn't happen with other players/people but with Goran it never fails.

"@teemunny: .@NdotSmitty Get well and heal up, Bro. Cheap hit by @Goran_Dragic. What a dick."go to eye doctor! I didn't play in this game

— Goran Dragic (@Goran_Dragic) July 18, 2012

It was actually Goran's brother Zoran who is playing for the Houston summer league squad that landed an inadvertent elbow to Smith's head as he went up to challenge a shot near the end of the game. The game was called early due to the injury as training and medical staff carted Smith away on a stretcher. He was released later that night from the hospital and scans came back negative.

Kendall Marshall is Baby Simba

Covered in Jim's recap of yesterday's game - Marshall struggled a bit in his first 'real' NBA game going 0-1 from the field and dishing just 5 assists with 5 turnovers.

It's understandable and he shouldn't feel bad and nor should fans get excited or depressed about one game. What we all can take away from his first game day's experience is that he is eager to learn and improve. He took to to twitter today to philosophically blow the minds of his followers.

Lions weren't always big, they started as baby cubs. think about it.

— Kendall Marshall (@KButter5) July 18, 2012

I'm going to assume you need some help 'thinking about it' like Kendall suggests - let me break it down.

KButter is little baby Simba, barely born and freshly taken from the warm college placenta, his womb of comfort. He was brazenly held high by the Phoenix Suns organization before the entire wilderness of Planet Orange and we all bowed to one knee and chanted, "Nants ingonyama bagithi Baba! Sithi uhm ingonyama!" [Here comes a lion, Father, Oh yes, it's a lion - yes those are the real words]

Needless to say - he's got to find Nala and explore the bone yard, fight some hyena's, make friends with a warthog and a meerkat, fall in love with Nala, kill scar and grow a real mane and develop an NBA roar before he can even think about turning into the grown up Lion-Simba that runs the pride and makes sure the circle of life and all that junk works according to plan.

Give him some time.

That's all I've got for now - stay tuned - Seth has a new podcast coming out shortly.

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Teammates in Phoenix this season?

Just a few odds and ends on a Wednesday morning while we wait for the Phoenix Suns' next moves of the offseason. As Omaha put it so well yesterday, there's a few pending actions (signing Dragic and Beasley) and a few more moves the Suns must make to fill out their roster at the wing positions.

There were no new Suns-related rumors regarding shooting-guard additions yesterday (unless you count MR ORNG and his 4-5 year Shannon Brown contract prediction), so that still leaves Brown and Courtney Lee as the most likely additions to the Suns wing.

One development from yesterday: looks like the Suns will allow Grant Hill to sign a straight two-year deal with the Clippers, rather than participate in a sign-and-trade to get Hill more money than the bi-annual exception (2 yrs, 3.9 mil). Makes sense of course, if the Clippers refused to give up even a draft pick (they had a $2.7 mil trade exception Hill could have fit into). But that also says the Suns had no interest in Ryan Gomes for a one-year expiring deal ($4 million), who was later amnestied by the Clippers.

And it also tells me that the Suns are NOT targeting Randy Foye for their shooting guard position. He is a free agent from the Clips and could have been signed-and-traded in exchange for Grant Hill if the Suns and Foye had expressed mutual interest and agreeable contract terms. But according to an article in the LA Times, the Suns have no interest in sign-and-trade for Hill at all.

Hit the jump for more on Shannon Brown, Luis Scola and Goran Dragic!

Since the signing of Eric Gordon, the price for shooting guards has gone way, way down and the Suns need to take advantage of this. Nick Young signed a fairly-large deal, but only for 1 year. Jason Terry took a short, midlevel deal. O.J. Mayo, Jaryd Bayless and Ray Allen all took less than midlevel for 2-year deals. The only outlier I can think of is 31-year old Jamal Crawford, who somehow got 4 years for $24 million.

According to my personal logic as well as prevailing national logic, both Shannon Brown and Courtney Lee are better options at shooting guard than Randy Foye. So does this mean the Suns still feel they have a strong shot at one or both of them?

The Bucks beat writer tweeted yesterday that Shannon Brown has told the Bucks he is close to signing with another (unnamed) team. And we all know that the Suns have continued interest in Brown.

I'd be happy with Brown on a midlevel one-year deal with a non-guaranteed second year. In fact, I'd pull a Grant Hill (took $6.5 million to take a 1-year deal last December) and give him more money than the market will bear to entice him to sign.

Sames goes for Courtney Lee. Considering the deals their brethren are getting at this point, it would behoove one or both of them to accept such an offer. I just hope the Suns aren't offering more than that.

Luis Scola Suprised, Happy to play with Goran again

Scola, practicing with his national team right now, participated in a conference call with local media types yesterday (including yours truly). He is a well-spoken guy who I'm sure will go over well in the locker room and will end up being a go-to guy for the local press after games.

He is unassuming: "I bring what I have always done on the basketball court. What you have seen in my career is what is it right now."

He is honest and engaging: "When i found out it was Phoenix i was a little surprised. There was a lot of talk of other teams putting in a bid (Cleveland and Dallas). I never heard anything from Phoenix so when they called me I was a little surprised."

And while he said is was "unfair" to ask him what he thought of the Suns team for next year, since it had only been two days, he was clear on one thing:

"I was really happy to find out I was going to play with Goran (Dragic) again. I feel really confident playing with him. I was sad when he left Houston because I was with them at the time, but I was really happy when I found out I was going to play with him again."

Goran Dragic takes #1

Dragic tweeted last night that he is taking #1 as his new jersey number. The same #1 that Amare wore until leaving in 2010. It makes sense, as the point man on the team is generally called the 1.

Previously, Dragic had worn #2 with the Suns and #3 with Houston. And Jared Dudley wears #3, so he couldn't take that number. Ronnie Price wore #2 for the Suns last year, but most certainly won't be back next season. Looks like Goran wants a fresh start with the Suns, moving up the ladder to the #1 position.

Special note: Our own Seth Pollack ran into Goran in Vegas yesterday (Goran's brother is playing for Houston in the summer league there, he of the sharp elbow). They shared a warm hug and a promise to hook up while both were in town a few more days. It's possible BSotS and SB Nation AZ will get an exclusive interview with Goran sometime this week!

Final Note:

Charles Garcia of the Summer Suns gets a training camp invite, per Tariq Lee of Good for Garcia!

The Suns have given the 6-foot-9, 229-pound bruiser another shot at making his dream of playing in the NBA into a reality.

"He's very athletic and can really run," Suns assistant coach and summer league head coach Dan Majerle said. "He's got a lot of skills can step out and shoot the shot. He plays hard he's got to learn how to play a little bit, understand the plays a little bit we threw so much at him. He's young and he's a talent."

That's the notes of the morning, Suns fans! Until something new breaks...

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