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The Phoenix Suns are reportedly gauging interest in Marquese Chriss as the trade deadline approaches.
For what it’s worth, seems the Phoenix Suns are looking at deals involving Marquese Chriss. Several teams seem to be involved, with the Lakers being considered the Favorites.
— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) February 7, 2018
The 20-year-old, 6-foot-10, 233-pound Chriss is averaging 7.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.0 blocks in 21.0 minutes per game this season for the Suns.
Chriss has played in 47 games this season, starting 40. However, he sat out Sunday’s game against the Charlotte Hornets for a “cooling off” period, according to a story by Scott Bordow of The Arizona Republic.
According to the story, ESPN reported Chriss would be suspended one game for a “verbal altercation” with the team’s strength coach following Friday’s 129-97 loss to the Utah Jazz. The argument was over a postgame routine Chriss is supposed to do, ESPN said.
Neither Suns general manager Ryan McDonough nor interim coach Jay Triano would talk specifically about the incident, the story said,
According to the report, Triano said Chriss was not suspended. McDonough said Chriss was being given a “cooling off” period. Asked if Chriss had been fined, McDonough said, “We’re handling all of that internally.”
As a rookie a year ago, the University of Washington product averaged 9.2 points and 4.2 boards in 21.3 minutes per game for Phoenix, playing in all 82 games, starting 75 of them.
The NBA trade deadline is Thursday at 3 p.m.