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Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2004 6:18 am | Updated: 5:17 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

The Suns' roster stands at 14 players as the club's informal workouts kick into their highest gear. It may stay that way.

A couple of weeks ago, Suns president Bryan Colangelo indicated the team wanted to add center Scott Williams, though he indicated he was having a hard time reaching the 6-foot-10 veteran.

Perhaps Williams waited too long.

After watching a few of the team’s informal workouts, Colangelo indicated Monday the Suns might head to training camp in three weeks with the roster as it stands now.

Jake Voskuhl, Steven Hunter and — to a lesser extent — Amare Stoudemire will fill the great majority of minutes at center, he said.

"Is it realistic to think that somebody else can make the team?" Colangelo wondered. "Whether we add another player is an uncertainty."

Hunter, the 7-foot recent free-agent acquisition, has shown he can block shots, he said.

"Time will tell how effective Steven Hunter will be. But we see him as a piece we can fit into the center position." Asked last week if he would sign with the Suns, Williams said he was "still trying to work it all out" but that he hoped to join the team's informal workouts in the middle of the month.

The Suns have 14 players under contract, including Yuta Tabuse, who is trying to become the first Japanese player to make the NBA. The point guard, who signed last week, has a partial guarantee.

The most a team can carry is 15; only 12 can be on the active roster.


Among the players who have looked sharp during informal workouts are Stoudemire and fellow big forward Jackson Vroman, Suns officials indicated.

Some think Vroman was a steal when the Suns got him in the second round of the June draft. Vroman also looked good in the Suns' summer leagues for young players in Las Vegas and Salt Lake City, where he seemed to outplay Maciej Lampe, another big forward who is competing for playing time.

In other matters, Shawn Marion — who played extensively in the Olympics — is expected to join the workouts next week, coach Mike D'Antoni said.

The only other players who are missing are Lampe and Howard Eisley.

Lampe is playing for the Polish national team that is trying to qualify for the European championships through the end of the month. Eisley's wife is expecting a baby, so he may wait until training camp in early October to join the team, D'Antoni said.

D'Antoni said all Suns players appear to be healthy.

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