Rare Phoenix Suns items for sale on eBay, including the return of the blood drop bobblehead!

Vintage Penny Hardaway T-Shirt

Used, but the first t-shirt of this kind I've found on eBay.  After 6 years in Orlando, the oft-injured Hardaway spent parts of 5 seasons with the Suns. Penny averaged 12.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 4.2 assists before joining the New York Knicks. Add this shirt to your collection for 16 bucks, shipping included.

Vintage Danny Ainge Poster

Great get for the man cave at a bargain price. New and unused, 10 bucks after shipping and it's on your wall. Only two Ainge posters remain, but if you're looking for another player, the seller has quite the collection and excellent prices.

Phoenix Suns Folding Chair

Seller lists this Suns folding chair as used, though it wasn't sat it, just displayed. It's pricey, buy it now is $175, bidding starts at $125. I wouldn't surprised if it goes unsold at that price and is relisted in a week. So if today's price is too rich for you, check back later. I'll bet it's still around.

Phoenix Suns Blood Drop Bobblehead

We've featured one of these on Suns Swag before and it resides on the desk of our esteemed NBA editor. This stadium giveaway promoting United Blood Services is a sure conversation starter. Buy it now for 9, shipping is 7, but offers will be heard, so take a shot.

Suns Two Bottle Wine Tote

For the Suns fan that already has everything Suns related. Two wine compartments, corkscrew, cutting board and cheese knife included. Shipping is free, buy it now for 58 bucks.

The Gorilla's Jungle T-Shirt

One of the more unique t-shirts you'll find on eBay. Shirt is used, size XL. Add it to your wardrobe for 15 bucks after shipping.

If you look at the teams leading the pack in terms of a young core, they've struck gold at some point outside the top-10 of the draft. Rudy Gobert was selected 27th by the Jazz, Giannis Antetokounmpo was selected 15th by the Bucks, and Nik Vucevic was selected 16th overall by Philly before turning into a monster for the Magic. Even the Timberwolves with their three No. 1 overall picks have done this when they traded No. 9 overall Trey Burke for No. 14 Shabazz Muhammad and No. 21 Gorgui Dieng.

Picks like this are so valuable because when they hit they can change the course of a franchise. That's what Gobert did for the Jazz in the second half of the season and what the Greek Freak might do in Milwuakee with his limitless potential. Even minor instances like the Timberwolves and Jazz (Rodney Hood) getting some bench depth are critical.

This holds up for the current contenders. Examples like DeAndre Jordan, Draymond Green, Serge Ibaka, Tony Parker, Jeff Teague and Donatas Motiejunas prove this. We can also give the Grizzlies the Vucevic exception on Marc Gasol. Unless the best player in the world is born in your state, it looks like you have to get key pieces after No. 10 in the draft.

As you can see, there's tremendous impact for drafting successfully outside the top-10. The Suns did that already with Markieff Morris, but it doesn't look like he's sticking around. That leaves the Suns in a major jam, but they have some options to step up. My pick is Devin Booker.

Booker didn't come into the draft having any sort of buzz for star potential, but he showed some serious pieces of his game in Las Vegas.

The shooting guard's main appeal is how he shoots the lights out and he proved that to be true.

However, like many other people following the draft, I wasn't sure what else Booker was going to be able to do at the NBA level besides shoot. While this is just summer league, Booker showed that he is much more than that.

He showed that he could create space for himself and go off the dribble.

Attacking the basket didn't seem foreign to him, which really surprised me.

He excelled coming off of screens and shooting on the catch.

He was fantastic from the corners, something that Eric Bledsoe will surely take advantage of.

The most exciting part of his time in Vegas though was showing off his basketball IQ. This was partially shown in some of these clips, but here are some more simple plays.

Plays like seeing T.J. Warren opening up the lane for him and making the cut, spreading out the floor on a fastbreak for Warren behind him and still being able to finish when it wasn't there, delaying an extra second for the pick and pop to maximize space, and making multiple extra passes quickly on the perimeter are all the types of plays you want in the pace and space era.

The best part of Booker's IQ is that it's certainly going to translate to defense, where he gets in a really low stance and takes advantage of the space he can acquire when guarding someone. It's a simple thing really, but it must come more naturally to a second-generation player. He's going to be at least an average defender and that's crucial for an offensive talent like him.

The key bit of information here is that he doesn't turn 19 until the end of October. The amount of progression he could see from that age is something to get excited about. Even if he doesn't adjust right away, Suns fans shouldn't be worried. "Lolsummerleague" is a valid comeback here because Booker is certainly not going to see anything close to this level of success in his rookie season, but we got an awfully nice sneak peek of his skill set.

The Markieff Morris debacle is a setback in the Suns rebuild. Keef looked like a great third to fourth option for the Suns core going forward and was an original Suns selection at No. 13, but he's on the way out and now it's time to find that guy elsewhere. Archie Goodwin is competing with Booker for playing time, T.J. Warren will get his first real minutes this season, and we all know Bogdan Bogdanovic is coming.

Those are all players selected by the Suns outside of the top-10 and one of them needs to step up and be a key part of the future in order for the rebuild to take the next step. I think it's Booker.

Markieff Morris is many things including petulant, short-fused, misguided. He could also be a difference-maker for Suns.


Markieff Morris is many things including petulant, short-fused, misguided. He could also be a difference-maker for Suns.


Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson is an unsigned restricted free agent. His team really, really wants to re-sign him and thought the process would be easy. But he is represented by Rich Paul, and he's currently in a protracted holdout for what many would consider an unreasonable amount of money.

Sound familiar, Suns fans?

Replace the player name with Eric Bledsoe and you've got a repeat of last summer in the valley. The Suns and Bledsoe eventually agreed to a 5-year contract worth more than the Suns wanted to pay, but less than LeBron Paul wanted. Bledsoe wanted $16 million per year. The Suns offered $12 million per year. They agreed on $14 million.

Thompson's holdout will likely last all summer, and might end up in a nice, long-term contract like Bledsoe got. That would be the best outcome for Thompson. Alternately, he could take the one-year qualifying offer and cash in next summer when the cap jumps.

Sounds fool-proof. Right? Either way, Thompson gets paid.

Except that it doesn't always work.

Another Rich Paul client, Kevin Seraphin, was also a restricted free agent last year. He had Seraphin hold out for more money too. When he couldn't secure a high-dollar long term deal for Seraphin, he had Seraphin take the qualifying offer to become unrestricted a year later and leave the Wizards with nothing. Screw you, Wizards!

Except Seraphin lost that gamble. He didn't play all that great last year on his QO and did not secure a big offer this summer. He ended up taking the "room" exception ($2.8 million) this summer to be the Knicks' 16th big man.

Tristan Thompson is somewhere between Eric Bledsoe and Kevin Seraphin. The question is where.

Eric Bledsoe had a guaranteed starting position waiting for him in Phoenix, and he'd already proven he was a good two-way player and full time starter the year before. The only big question with Bledsoe was health, really. Everything else would work itself out. Even the high end salary would be justified for a starting point guard once the cap jumps 40% in the coming years.

But Thompson isn't a guaranteed starter, which is why he's perilously closer to Seraphin than Rich Paul wants to admit. He's currently, and will likely remain, behind Kevin Love at power forward. Thompson has one really nice skill - offensive rebounding - but he's really limited in nearly every other facet of the game. He can't create his own shot. He is a poor defensive rebounder. He's no rim protector. And despite being 6'8" he's at his best at the center position. Yet, he's a below average overall defender, quick feet on the perimeter notwithstanding.

Add in that Thompson only got his shining moment in the playoffs because Kevin Love and Anderson Varejao were hurt, and Golden State's small ball lineups forced Timofey Mozgov to the bench, and you've got a questionable role for Thompson in 2015-16. What if he pulls a Seraphin and has a forgettable year on his qualifying offer? What if the Cave have good health and Thompson can't get a ton of playing time next year?

Should the Cavs sign-and-trade Thompson?

Trust me, Cavaliers GM David Griffin has explored trade opportunities by now. Every GM of every team has discussed every player at least once this summer. That's just how it works. The only variant is how serious the discussions are.

In fact, it's likely the Suns have at least had internal discussions - over coffee in the break room maybe - about working on an acceptable offer for Thompson in exchange for disgruntled Markieff Morris. The Suns can absorb Thompson's bloated salary a lot easier than the Cavs, and need a change of scenery for Morris.

But that doesn't make it a good deal for the Suns.

Why would the Suns want to pay Thompson his asking price of $15+ million per year if he wouldn't even be a top-15 power forward in the league? Heck, Thompson might even lose minutes to Mirza Teletovic because Thompson's presence at forward would have both teams choking the paint.

You could slide him to center, like the Cavs did, but why bench Tyson Chandler or Alex Len in favor of Thompson? Both Len and Chandler can defend the pick and roll while rebounding at a high rate, plus add offensive options and defend the rim better than Thompson can.

Is it really worth $15 million a year to add a guy who requires special substitution patterns to maximize his talents? Or should a $15+ million player be able to play in any lineup at any time? I prefer the latter.

If the Suns, somehow, get down to a question of either Thompson or Morris for the 2015-16 to 2018-19 seasons, the Suns should choose...well, that's an awful choice. Hopefully, the Suns have found another trade partner by then.

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