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- Pelicans lose Payton to fractured left pinky - November 17, 2018
- Iverson: ‘No way Melo should retire’ - November 17, 2018
- Nuggets’ Malone: ‘You know the game or you don’t. Sue Bird knows the game’ - November 17, 2018
Coach: Igor Kokoskov (first season).
Last Season: 21-61, did not make playoffs.
Key Returnees: Devin Booker, T.J. Warren, Josh Jackson, Dragan Bender, Tyson Chandler.
Key Additions: Deandre Ayton (rookie, Arizona), Mikal Bridges (rookie, Villanova), Trevor Ariza, (Houston), De’Anthony Melton (Houston), Ryan Anderson (Houston).
Key Losses: Tyler Ulis (free agent), Alex Len (Atlanta), Elfrid Payton (New Orleans), Jared Dudley (Brooklyn), Marquese Chriss (Houston), Brandon Knight (Houston).
Outlook: If there was a team more in need of a makeover than the Suns, please stand up. Phoenix went 4-31 in its last 35 games. Coach Earl Watson was fired after three games and interim coach Jay Triano guided Phoenix the rest of the way, paving the way for Igor Kokoskov to assume the position after spending the last three seasons as Quin Snyder’s top assistant in Utah. Adding No. 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton and trading for No. 10 overall choice Mikal Bridges will immediately inject youth, size and skill into the mix for the Suns, who will once again be led by All-Star Devin Booker. However, Booker — signed to a five-year, $158 million max extension — will most likely need to spend plenty of time at the point with Brandon Knight being dealt to Houston. Adding Trevor Ariza as a free agent is a move usually done by contenders looking for a piece to put them over the hump, which the Suns certainly are not, and adding Ryan Anderson in the deal for Marquese Chriss and Knight is another questionable decision.