Monday June 27, 2022

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
Extremely versatile. Dynamic.
Great hands. Great instincts.
#Suns GM James Jones on Jaylin Williams (Arkansas)
“Can play at the top of the key with the ball. A playmaker at the big position, which is a commodity for most teams in today’s NBA.”
Had predraft workout in Phoenix. – 1:07 AM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
On the ESPN article that came out this week, James Jones clarified that the Suns’ board for drafts is broken down into tiers. That group of 8-10 guys are the high-level fits. From there, it’s different degrees of how a player fits. They have every player on their board. – 12:47 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
James Jones on the ESPN draft article: “We have every player that’s in the draft processed on our board.”
Said it comes down to the combination of fit, skill-set, need and it comes down to 10 or so guys on their board, with those players being grouped into tiers – 12:47 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
“We lost Game 7. They beat us. Everybody’s dealing with something in the playoffs…we don’t make any excuses for what happened in the past.” – James Jones on the report the Suns were dealing with COVID in the playoffs – 12:42 AM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
“DA is a big part of what we do.”
#Suns GM James Jones about Deandre Ayton, a restricted free agent.
“This team is a really good team and we’re going to keep it together.” – 12:41 AM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
James Jones said his stance on Deandre Ayton has not changed. The Suns haven’t said anything differently.
“DA remains a big part of what we do and he’s a free agent, so we’ll talk about free agency when the time comes.” – 12:41 AM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
James Jones said nothing has changed when it comes to his stance about Deandre Ayton since exit interviews. Huge part of their team and free agency is something they will talk about when the time comes. – 12:41 AM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
James Jones said there were a number of guys the Suns targeted but the deals didn’t come together. He thought there was some quality depth to this draft but the trades didn’t materialize. – 12:38 AM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
I’m just picturing James Jones watching Hustle thinking “Man, this is some bullshit.”
These are the thoughts that have been marinating in my head during this draft – 12:17 AM

James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
DET obviously could still pursue Ayton given their cap space, but I get the sense the draft went so well in their favor (they didn’t expect ivey at 5) that they could role with the youngsters and seek veteran assistance in free agency. Troy has said many times no skipping steps. – 10:39 PM
Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
I wouldn’t quite understand trading into the lottery for Duren and then paying Ayton but this is also the front office that added 4 million centers two offseason ago so idk – 9:34 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
The Pistons have themselves a solid core right now. Cunningham, Ivey, Bey, Stewart, possibly Ayton. They’re building something over there. – 8:35 PM
Jake Madison @NOLAJake
Jalen Duren at 5 would be WILD. Please, please make it happen.
Or leverage to get the Suns to trade Ayton to them tonight? – 7:51 PM

Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Please stop comparing Deandre Ayton and Chris Paul, I am begging you. Performance, contract value, whatever angle you attack it from, it remains weird and nonsensical to keep pitting the two against each other – 2:43 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson
A reminder for your expectations tonight: It is called a sign-and-trade, not a trade-and-sign. Ayton can’t sign or talk to teams until free agency. The Bucks got in trouble with this for Bogdan Bogdanovic 4 days before 2020 free agency. Didn’t get him and lost a second-round pick – 11:52 AM

James Plowright @British_Buzz
Heard an interesting suggestion by @Sam Vecenie on his podcast:
Ayton > Detroit S&T
Hayward > Suns
Trade exception > Charlotte
This kind of makes sense for all teams, it would need a pick here or there – 9:00 AM
Ben Anderson @BensHoops
The PDX-Det trade seems like it will inevitably make Phoenix worse because of the overpay him or lose him scenario with Ayton.
But, Portland is the king of trades I love on face value that never make them better.
And, Detroit got bad value in return for Grant.
Lose-Lose-Lose – 1:01 AM

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