So now that the Suns didn’t add any players — again — in the NBA draft and Brian Grant won’t be back, who could join the core of bench players along with Pat Burke?
Tim Thomas is surely on Phoenix’s wish list, but there are unrestricted free agents like Jumaine Jones of Charlotte, Bobby Jackson of Memphis and Matt Harpring of Utah that could fit the Suns’ style. There are also players who would sign for the veteran minimum to flesh out the roster.
“We feel like we’ll have a chance to add guys, but the most important thing was finding a way to keep the core together,” Suns coach and general manager Mike D’Antoni said. “Tim is a priority for us, but we have other people we’re looking at as well.”
ORDER IN THE COURT
So how did D’Antoni spend his Monday, two days before a draft when the Suns had two first-round picks and were trying to swing a trade?
Would you believe Scottsdale Justice Court?
No, D’Antoni and his Porsche didn’t get nailed by photo radar; he was selected for jury duty and, after delaying it several times, followed through on his civic responsibilities.
“I got the first notice in January and I had to put it off for down the road because it was during the season,” D’Antoni said. “And lo and behold, it came up on Monday. So I said ‘let’s do it.’ ”
He hoped he would make it a quick trip and be one of the many jurors who are sent home. No such luck.
“I got picked right away,” he said. “Even after I told them I was all for public hangings.”
There were five cases — all of them one-day trials, for which he could have served as a juror. Four of the cases were settled before the jury was called and the fifth was postponed because the defendant failed to appear. Three hours later, D’Antoni was freed.
NO ONE AROUND
The only draft pick Phoenix made and kept in the last three years was Dijon Thompson, who was taken in the second round in 2005 and played just 10 games before undergoing knee surgery. He won’t return next season.
Deal them out The Suns traded away both first-round NBA draft picks Wednesday.