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Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After expressing a desire to continue their NBA playing careers together, the Phoenix Suns have announced they’ve reach contract extensions with twins Marcus and Markieff Morris.
The Arizona Republic reports Markieff has agreed on a four-year deal worth $32 million, while Marcus will receive a four-year deal worth $20 million.
“We are particularly pleased to have reached extension agreements with Marcus and Markieff before the start of training camp,” Suns’ president of basketball operations Lon Babby said in a release. “There is an extraordinary bond between these twin brothers; they make each other better players and better men. We take pride in their growth and look forward to their bright futures.”
The Morris twins played together at the University of Kansas, but began their NBA careers on separate teams as Marcus was drafted by the Houston Rockets, but was traded to Phoenix in 2013 where the two were re-united.
Last season, Marcus averaged 9.7 points and 3.9 rebounds per game while Markeiff averaged 13.8 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.
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Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Minnesota Timberwolves have reportedly offered a maximum contract to restricted free-agent Eric Bledsoe in hopes of a sign-and-trade deal with the Phoenix Suns, Bledsoe’s current team.
The deal is for a reported four years and $63 million, exceeding the Suns offer of four years and $48 million. Bledsoe has told the Suns, as well as other teams, that he would only consider a max contract but would be willing to sign a qualifying offer worth one year and $3.7 million. By signing that deal, Bledsoe would make himself an unrestricted free agent following the 2014-15 season.
Minnesota had inquired about Bledsoe while shopping all-star forward Kevin Love, but trade talks never reached a serious point. The Timberwolves are hoping to pair Bledsoe with Andrew Wiggins, whom they acquired from Cleveland for Love.
Phoenix has already started making possible arrangements for life after Bledsoe. The Suns signed free-agent Isaiah Thomas and drafted Tyler Ennis in the first-year player draft in June. Bledsoe averaged 17.7 points per game for Phoenix last season.
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Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) — P.J. Tucker, forward for the Phoenix Suns, was sentenced to three days in jail and 11 days of home detention on Monday for “super extreme” driving under the influence.
Tucker pleaded guilty to the charges brought against him following a May 10 arrest in Scottsdale.
Authorities say that Tucker’s blood alcohol content was .22 at the time of the arrest and that his speech was slurred and his eyes were bloodshot.
Along with the jail time, he also agreed to put an interlock device in his car for 18 months, enter substance abuse counseling, and pay fines up to $2,750. Tucker was also placed on probation for up to five years.
“I am truly sorry and I take full responsibility for my actions. No excuses,” Tucker said in a statement. “It is now my responsibility to examine my life and make the changes necessary to ensure this never happens again.”
The details of his punishment and statement were released by his attorney’s after his appearance in court.
Phoenix was aware of the arrest when Tucker signed a three-year deal with $16.5 million in July.
“In considering this matter, we concluded that P.J. was sincere in his remorse and in his resolve to accept the consequences of his actions,” Suns president of basketball operations Lon Babby said. “We are convinced that he will take the necessary steps to avoid any such conduct in the future. The Suns do not in any way condone his conduct, but we do support him as he works through this.”
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Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Phoenix Suns gave guard Eric Bledsoe expanded playing time for the first time in his career this past season, and he flourished. Now, the team will attempt to sign him to a long-term deal before free agency…
Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic was named the NBA’s most improved player, the league announced Wednesday.
Dragic averaged 20.3 points a game this season along with 5.9 assists and 3.2 rebounds.
Christian Petersen/Getty Images(PHOENIX, Ariz.) — Zach Randolph had a season-high 32 as Memphis clinched a playoff berth in the Western Conference with a 97-91 win over Phoenix. The Grizzlies can finish as high as seventh in the West while the Suns we…
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Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After missing the past two months, the Phoenix Suns are set to welcome back guard Eric Bledsoe to the lineup on Wednesday.
Bledsoe had been out since Jan. 10 after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus i…
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Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(Phoenix) — One of the biggest surprise team’s in the NBA may be knocked back to reality as Phoenix Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe is out indefinitely and will likely need to undergo knee surgery.
According to ESPN.com, the …
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Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Phoenix Suns have been one of the surprising teams in the NBA early on this season. Leading the charge is soon-to-be free agent point guard Eric Bledsoe. Suns’ general manager Ryan McDonough will do all he …