The NBA released its schedule for the 2018-19 season on Friday, with Kawhi Leonard, traded to Toronto in the offseason, scheduled to visit San Antonio in January.
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Deandre Ayton and Luka Doncic headline a loaded rookie class. Who will win rookie of the year? Our ESPN Forecast panel unveils its early projections.
The Phoenix Suns have re-signed point guard Isaiah Canaan. He played 19 games with the Suns last season before breaking his left ankle Jan. 31, requiring season-ending surgery.
The Atlanta Hawks have signed center Alex Len.
Free-agent center Alex Len has agreed to a two-year contract with the Hawks, sources confirmed to ESPN.
After the Suns made moves with the Nets and 76ers, Kevin Pelton grades the deals.
The Brooklyn Nets acquired Jared Dudley and a 2021 second-round draft pick from the Phoenix Suns for forward Darrell Arthur on Friday.
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Phoenix is now $3.2M below the cap after acquiring the $7.4M Darrell Arthur expiring contract. The room will increase once Arthur is likely bought out of his contract. The veteran has 10 years of service and his minimum exception with a new team would be $2.4M. The Suns will also have a Friday July 20th decision to guarantee the $1.4M contract of Davon Reed. The former second round pick currently has $689 guaranteed. Phoenix also has flexibility with the $1.4M non-guaranteed contract of Shaquille Harrison.
All eyes will be on top pick Deandre Ayton, but the Suns needed the Las Vegas Summer League to see their other young prospects too.
Cassidy Hubbarth, Nick Friedell, Andrew Han, Tim MacMahon and Amin Elhassan chat about the sights and sounds of Las Vegas Summer League, including the fervor for the summertime Knicks (3:45), the oddities of summer league (11:40), players that caught buzz (28:00), being the face of a franchise (32:00) and the Rockets (36:30).
Deandre Ayton outplayed fellow top rookie Mo Bamba, marking the second time in three Las Vegas Summer League games that the Suns rookie has shown he is up to the task of performing like a top overall draft pick.
In a matchup of two of the top bigs in the draft, Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton shined offensively, while Orlando Magic center Mo Bamba was active on defense.
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Here is the breakdown of the $158M rookie max extension for Devin Booker that starts in 2019-20: $27.3M, $29.4M, $31.6M, $33.8M and $36.0M. The Suns will lose $17.4M in cap space next year and now project to have $21M in room before first-round picks are factored in. The extension now has Booker with the poison pill restriction for the season. Despite losing some room next year, locking up a future All-Star is the right thing to do for a team that is looking to change the culture. The extension sends a strong message that both sides are willing to make a commitment long term.
Devin Booker has signed a five-year, $158 million max extension to remain with the Suns.