Marcus Banks is the new backup point guard. Sean Marks will sign a minimum contract next week when he returns from an NBA charities program in Puerto Rico.
And that, according to managing partner Robert Sarver, is just about it for the Suns’ summer shopping.
The $3.6 million trade exception will likely go unused and be allowed to lapse on Aug. 21. The approximately $1.6 million that remains of the mid-level exception, after Banks was given $3.6 million Thursday, may well be tucked away for a rainy day.
Except for a few more minimum contracts — unless something unforeseen presents itself before training camp — what you see now of Phoenix is what you’ll get in 2006-07.
“I think this pretty much takes care of it,” Sarver said after welcoming Banks at a press conference at US Airways Center. “My hat’s off to our basketball staff for having the patience to be comfortable with the core we have. You see a lot of other teams doing a lot of things, but if you look at our top seven or eight players, they are pretty good — plus we get Amaré (Stoudemire) back.
“We stayed the course. We’re on a mission to win a championship and we think we have the pieces to do it. We may not have made a lot (of) moves, but we didn’t snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory.”
Director of basketball operations David Griffin said the Suns will keep their eyes open for situations that may crop up around the league, but “there’s not a lot of urgency for us to change what we’ve got going on. We’ll take a measured approach and see if anything shakes out.
“Every year, there are veterans who didn’t get the deal they were looking for in free agency and will remember that eight players had career years with us last year. As with Marcus Banks, sometimes the best deals come along when you wait.”
The Suns are left with wiggle room under the $65.4 million tax threshold — a figure Sarver said Thursday he told his basketball people he would exceed if the right deal came along.
“Some people think that the more you spend the better you’re going to be. That’s not the kind of attitude that brings championships,” he said. “I looked over the teams that have won over the last 25 years, and it’s not about how much you spend, it’s about having the right players and the right contracts.”