Suns defeat depleted 76ers 130-117 for seventh straight win

While the Los Angeles teams have garnered most of the press since the NBA has resumed its season, there is another purple-clad Western Conference team that is really doing work down in the bubble. That team is the Phoenix Suns and they have not lost a game in the “bubble. Devin Booker lead the way with 35, Mikal Bridges added 24 , while Ricky Rubio chipped in with 16 points and 10 helpers. Phoenix came into resumption of the season 13th in the West. The current seven game winning streak…

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Draymond Green fined $50k for tampering

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green was hit with a $50,000 fine for “tampering.” The cause of said fine stemmed from comments Green made on a recent appearance on Inside The NBA in regards to Devin Booker. Green would say of the budding young star, to “get my man out of Phoenix” and that his current locale “was not good for his career.” We have been rightfully critical of the NBA’s inconsistent enforcement of tampering rules but Green made it easy for the goofs at the League office by basically…

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Aron Baynes COVID-19 free and on his way to Orlando

The Athletic and Stadium’s Shams Charania , Phoenix Suns center Aron Baynes has been cleared from coronavirus will be en route to joining the team in Orlando. Last week Baynes stated he had previously tested positive for COVID-19, but he was hopeful on rejoining his comrades.

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Ricky Rubio back with team after previously testing positive for COVID-19

Phoenix Suns point guard Ricky Rubin’s arrival in Orlando was delayed because of an earlier positive COVID-19 test. Rubio joined the team this week and practiced Tuesday but it is unclear if he will run in the team’s scrimmage on Thursday. “I just had two practices so I have to talk with strength coach, [Suns coach Monty Williams] and the whole team. I feel good but we have to be smart about it. It’s a preseason game. We have to figure out a plan that’s day by day. We can’t…

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Aron Baynes tests positive for COVID-19

Aron Baynes is the latest player to test positive for the coronavirus. The Phoenix Suns center confirmed to The Athletic and Stadium’s Shams Charania, also telling him that he is optimistic on joining his teammates in Orlando but has not picked up a ball in over a month. Per the NBA’s protocols, once arriving in Orlando, players will have to remain in quarantine/isolated before two negative COVID-19 test over a period of more than 24 hours. Meaning Baynes could be weeks behind his teammates, in terms of being ready to…

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Kelly Oubre Jr. won’t play against Knicks

Phoenix Sunda small forward Kelly Oubre Jr. will not play in the team’s Thursday night game against the New York Knicks, according to Arizona Sports’ Kellan Olson. Oubre entered concussion protocol after sustaining this blow from the Hawks’ John Collins Tuesday. There is no timetable for Oubre to return as Olson also adds that “once a player is placed in concussion protocol, a player cannot return to the floor until he is without concussion-related symptoms at rest, has been evaluated by a physician, has successfully completed the NBA return-to-participation exertion…

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Devin Booker out against Spurs

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker will miss the team’s game against the San Antonio Spurs that will be played in Mexico City. Booker’s game has showed signs of maturity and he is one of the reasons the Suns have been one of the pleasant surprises of the NBA this season.

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James Jones releases statement on Ayton suspension

Earlier Thursday , it was announced that Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton would serve a 25-game suspension after testing positive for a banned diuretic. This evening, Lebron James benefactor and current Suns General Manager James Jones released a statement on the issue. Ayton will be eligible to return December 17 against the Clippers of Los Angeles.

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Grizzlies send Korver and Carter to Suns for DeAnthony Melton, Josh Jackson and picks

We have a trade to announce. The Memphis Grizzlies continue to reform their roster as they have moved into the post Mike Conley and Marc Gasol era, who were the last remaining vestiges of the “grit and grind” era. The team sent sharpshooter Kyle Korver and Javon Carter to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for DeAnthony Melton, Josh Jackson, a 2020 second round pick and a conditional second round pick. Josh Jackson has not lived up to expectations when he was taken number four overall in the 2017 NBA Draft.…

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