The Phoenix Suns are signing A.J. Price to a 10-day contract, likely to be signed today in time for the Suns tilt against Houston. Though he won't have had any practice time, you can expect the 28-year old journeyman point guard to take the floor for the Suns as the backup to Eric Bledsoe for at least one stint.

Price has become a pure journeyman. He spent his first three seasons in Indiana after being drafted in the second round in 2009, then spent a year in Washington (starting 22 games) as the highlight of his career. After that, he had a forgettable year in Minnesota and a series of 10-day contracts this year. The Suns will be his third team this season alone.

But Price does have fans in Indiana still. Tom Lewis of SB Nation's writes:

I'm a fan of A.J., or Juice as he's also known. He knows the game real well, always a great presence in the Pacers locker room. He had a couple of stints with the Pacers earlier this season.

On the floor, he's a solid backup PG but always seems streaky. When he has it going Juice can impact a game. He played a big role in the Pacers beating the Bulls [earlier this season, while on a non-guaranteed contract] who were "only" missing Derrick Rose while the Pacers were short George Hill, David West, Rodney Stuckey and C.J. Miles. He had 21 points and made big plays in the fourth quarter.

In between his Indy stints, Price played a year in Washington and even filled in as a short-minutes starter for 22 games while John Wall was injured. He averaged 7.7 points and 3.3 assists in 57 games that year, including 9 points and 4.7 assists as a starter.

Washington didn't retain him though, and he spent a long year on the Minnesota bench before becoming a short-term hired gun this season on a series of non-guaranteed (and now 10-day) contracts.

More from Tom Lewis on Price:

Obviously he's not always great, otherwise he wouldn't be jumping around. AJ isn't real athletic for a pg and while he's tough-minded and assertive, he also has a tendency to try to do to much and take ill-advised shots.

But for filling a need at this time of the year, Price should be a pretty good option.

Taking ill-advised shots? That should fit right in here in Phoenix.

Another potential benefit of having Price on the team is adding another veteran along with Danny Granger and Brandan Wright to a really young, somewhat immature locker room now dominated by the Morrises and Bledsoe.

Tom Lewis gave some input on that as well:

I wouldn't say AJ is a good leader in the locker room, more a guy who is good for morale, camaraderie.

He won't be shy about pointing out things he sees to young guys though.

Okay, so he won't save the locker room. But he can't hurt it either.

The Suns run the same offense as just about every other NBA team, so it won't be difficult for the 6-year NBA veteran to step in and run the show for a couple minutes. Until Brandon Knight returns, there's at least 10 minutes a game up for grabs when Bledsoe rests and Price will be given a chance - at least this weekend against Houston and Dallas - to show his value.

Archie Goodwin has been the backup option over the past week, and you can be sure the Suns would rather let Archie cut his teeth on the floor through the good. But it's the bad periods of play where they need another PG option like Price.

Thursday night's game against the Pelicans was a microcosm on the season so far for Archie. He had 10 of the Suns 43 points in the first half and kept them afloat through some bad shooting. In the second half, though, his group was shut out during a 9-0 Pelicans run that put them briefly in the lead and almost cost the Suns the game. Bledsoe had to return to the lineup early to help staunch the blood flow.

Now Price enters as a veteran option during a pair of tough games against the Rockets and Mavericks, as the Suns still have a sliver of playoff hope just three games back of medical-ward Oklahoma City with 13 to go. These next two games could decide the course of the season for the Suns over the last month. Why not give themselves a short-term chance?

If he doesn't make an impact, or if Archie steps up even more, it's only a 10-day contract so there's almost no risk.

Now that the first wave of games have been played, here are some of the players who remain in the tournament who the Suns may have their eye on this summer.

The NCAA tournament, also known as March Madness, is one of the biggest sporting events of the year. 68 college teams are squaring off until only one remains, and in the process of doing so, some players will also increase their draft stock as they rise to the occasion and help propel their teams to victory.

Although it is still very early, and their will be many risers and fallers before June 25, 2015, the date of the 2015 NBA Draft, the NCAA Tournament is a great opportunity to take a look at some of the prospects who are competing on the biggest stage of their college careers.

With this in mind, I've put together a list of some of the prospects who are still playing in the tournament who I think have a good chance to be in the Suns range in the late lottery, and could be of interest to Phoenix. Here are some of the players you may want to take a look at if you get the chance over the next week or two.

Jerian Grant, PG, Notre Dame

Grant is the heart and soul of the Fighting Irish, a combo guard who is a great passer and playmaker along with a potent scorer, who has great size at 6' 5", and who plays good defense as well.  Grant is the prototypical Ryan McDonough two-way point guard who can slide over and play off the ball as well.  His size and athleticism make him a great prospect as an NBA guard, and his versatility and playmaking ability could make him a very intriguing player for a team like the Suns who have only one true point guard signed long-term at the moment. Notre Dame plays Butler Saturday March 21st at 6:30 p.m. MST.

Devin Booker, SG, Kentucky

Booker is a three-point shooting specialist on high-powered Kentucky Wildcat team with the size, athleticism, and depth at all positions to make them undefeated so far this season, and the runaway favorite to win the NCAA Championship. Although the Suns are stacked at the wing position, a player like Booker could be too good to pass up if he lands in Phoenix's lap. Devin is shooting 42% from three, and drawing comparisons to a young Klay Thompson. While I think that's probably a bit lofty, I do believe Booker has the skills to succeed in the NBA as a three-point specialist, and like Klay, could certainly develop into more in the future. Kentucky plays Cincinnati March 21st at 11:30 am MST.

Kelly Oubre Jr., SG/SF, Kansas

Oubre is one of the most dynamic freshman wings in among this year's college prospects, and he possesses all of the tools and skills to make an excellent NBA player as well. Oubre has a 6' 7", 205lb frame and is able to play either wing position with his athleticism and lateral quickness. He is great at penetrating through the defense, and also has a good shot as well. Another wing may not be high on the list of priorities for the Suns at the moment, but you never know if moves could be made which could change that. Kansas plays Wichita State on March 22nd at 2:00pm MST.

Montrezl Harrell, PF, Louisville

I've professed my adoration for Montrezl since last season, and I personally think he would be the best case scenario (realistically) to end up in a Suns uniform next season. He fits the Suns system and needs almost perfectly. An aggressive, inside scorer who dunks the ball like crazy, plays aggressive and effective defense, and rebounds very well. In addition, he shows promise as a mid-range shooter, and even has inconsistent range out to the three point line. Montrezl is a beast, and should be one of the top prospects that the Suns will be interested in this summer. Louisville plays Northen iowa March 22nd at 6:30 MST.

Bobby Portis, PF, Arkansas

Portis is one of the more confusing prospects for me to guage this season. On one hand, he has great size for the power forward position, at 6' 11", 230lbs, he's a good rebounder and a good passer for a big man, and has a pretrty decent shot out to mid range. However, he isn't a great athlete, he sometimes disappears, and just seems unpolished or awkward at times. Portis scored 15pts and grabbed 13 rbs in the first round of the tournament when Arkansas narrowly defeated Wofford, but he didn't dominate against much smaller opponents like you would expect, and got pushed around a bit in the post. He's someone I will be watching closely. Arkansas plays North Carolina March 21 at 5:30 MST.

Kevon Looney, PF, UCLA

Personally, I'm not a big fan of Looney's. I just don't see the type of inside game that I think a guy with his size should posses. But he is a big, strong, long, and skilled big man who should have plenty of interest in the mid to late lottery because of his attributes. Looney is 6' 10", 210 lbs, and does a great job of rebounding using his body inside, especially offensive rebounds. But his offensive scoring is much less polished around the basket, where he seems more comfortable shooting jump-shots from mid-range and beyond the arc rather than taking the ball inside. Still, Looney could be a potential target for Phoenix who needs to add more size to the roster. UCLA plays UAB March 21 at 9:00am MST.

Frank Kaminsky, C, Wisconsin

Frank the Tank is without a doubt the most skilled center in this year's draft. He is a great shooter who can stretch the floor and knock down three point shots like a guard, and also has nice footwork around the basket to score inside. He is the anchor to a very potent Wisconsin offense who can spread the floor and punish their opponents on the perimenter, and also use their size to take it to the basket down low. Frank has shown he has a bevy of moves and great touch around the rim to make up for what he lacks in physicality and athleticism. Kaminsky could be the Suns answer to their need for a stretch big. Wisconsin plays Oregon on March 22nd at 4:30pm MST.

Willie Cauley-Stein, C, Kentucky

Cauley-Stein is one of the 7-footers at Kentucky who can back-up Karl Towns at the five, or play along side him at the four. He is an exceptional defender and a very mobile and athletic player for a 7' 0", 240 lb prospect. He is extremely agile and runs the floor, and plays above the rim. Willie is currently mocked to go in the top 10 of the draft, but could certainly slide a little by the time the draft comes around if some other prospects move up. The Suns would be very fortunate to get a player of Cauley-Stein's caliber in the late lottery, but it could happen. Kentucky plays Cincinnati on MArch 21st at 11:30am MST.

There are many more prospects that the Suns will be working out this summer, and don't worry, I'll be covering those try-outs later in the year after the season as well. But these players are some of the more probable prospects that should be on the Suns radar at that time, and you can get a good look at them right now in live tournament action.

There's a good chance that one of these players will be wearing purple and orange next season.

Which of these prospects are you most interested in the Suns drafting?

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