Here's what the Suns front office had to say about this past season, and what to expect in the future.

The Phoenix Suns 2014-15 season left a lot to be desired. After finishing with 48 wins last year and barely missing the playoffs, expectations were high, and the expectation was that the Suns could build on that success, and have an even better season this year.

But that didn't happen.

The 2014-15 season went awry: They lost Goran Dragic who was unhappy; They saw Gerald Green regress from his banner performance last season; saw Alex Len continue to struggle with various injuries; and they traded away Isaiah Thomas who was their highest bench scorer, Miles Plumlee who was their starting center last season, Tyler Ennis who was a first round draft pick this year, and the Los Angeles Lakers pick which had a top five protection this year, and a top three protection next year.

Of course, they did acquire Brandon Knight who is a restricted free agent who the Suns can and almost certainly will retain, and back-up center Brandan Wright who may be an unrestricted free agent but seems to have every intention of staying in Phoenix.

Still, The positives weren't enough to offset the negatives, and the Suns not only missed the playoffs, they posted a losing record of only 39-43.

Anyway you look at it, the Suns took a couple of steps back this year.

So what did the coach and the front office have to say about what went wrong with this past season, and what they will do to turn it back around next season?

Ryan McDonough

Ryan gave the longest interview of the day, talking at length about what the organization learned from this season, and what they need to do to improve upon that next year, and in the future. He talked specifically about the process taking "a couple years", so I believe they are looking at a gradual rebuild over the next few seasons, instead of a focus on winning now. I recall this being slightly different than what was said before the season, but he has always remained consistent that the Suns are sticking to a long term plan.

Jeff Hornacek

(I had a camera malfunction when trying to record the press conference, but I got most of the audio, so I'll transcribe the key points below)

  • Hornacek talked about the players having a couple of common themes in their exit interviews: One, being that they didn't feel that they had enough players who only cared about winning this season, and two, that this was the first time many of them had played this many minutes, and they were trying to learn on the fly.
  • He didn't feel that the chemistry this year was as good as it was last season.
  • He thinks the team still had a good chance of making the playoffs until Brandon Knight went out with an ankle injury and that Alex Len broke his nose.
  • He said the players were coachable throughout the difficulties at the end of the season. He didn't think they quit, and that they all want to get better.
  • Thinks the team needs more shooters to put around Bledsoe and Knight so they can be more successful driving to the basket.
  • Would like the young players to become the energy players on the team. Wants them to hustle all the time.

Lon Babby

Babby spoke about needing to use the salary cap room wisely this offseason, and figuring out how to maximize their flexibility. Lon also talked about how the Suns want to have Brandon Knight back, but that you never know how long the negotiations will take. He mentioned that he is optimistic about the organization because of the people the Suns have in place; namely McDonough and Hornacek who are only a year removed from being strongly considered for executive, and coach of the year, respectively.


That will do it. This season is officially in the books, and all eyes are now on the future.  We at Bright Side of the Sun certainly aren't going anywhere during the off-season, we'll be ramping up our draft coverage and then focusing on free agency after that. There will be plenty of Suns related content to whet your appetite through the summer.

The Clippers clinched the West's No. 3 seed with the win.

      
 
 
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Suns guard Brandon Knight is a restricted free agent but looks forward to a coming back.

      
 
 

Here's part two of the exit interviews by the Suns players today as they reflected on the 2014-15 season, and looked ahead to the future as well.

Here is what the second set of Phoenix Suns players had to say during their exit interviews today:

P.J. Tucker

Tucker talked about the season and the differences fro last season, specifically the changes to the team with losing players and adding new ones. He also talked about how they didn't finish as strongly as they did the year prior because of not only that, but the injuries that hurt them as well. P.J. still feels optimistic about the direction of the team, and thinks that the team can build on the bright spots year and be much better next season.

Alex Len

Len made an interesting comment during his exit interview in saying that he thought the Suns actually played better team basketball after the All-Star break, and got more of the players involved. Of course, the record would suggest otherwise. But perhaps that had more to do with chemistry and injuries than effective play? This will be something to keep an eye on next year.

Markieff Morris

Keef mentioned that he is now the elder spokesman on the team, playing for the Suns for the last five seasons, and wanting to be a leader on the team. He also talked about needing to get stronger in the off-season, and his belief that what the team lacks most at the moment is veteran leadership. Keef also had some compliments for Alex Len, praising his work ethic and talking about how good of a player he will become.

Marcus Morris

Mook spoke about the overall inconsistency of the team, and needing to improve his consistency as a shooter, specifically mentioning how his field goal percentage dropped after the All-Star break.  He also mentioned adding more veterans, but didn't seem to think anything specific was missing from the team skill or talent wise.

That's it for the players today...Up next is the Suns front office.

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