The Phoenix Suns’ first order of business this offseason is making sure they retain three key contributors from last year’s team: Eric Bledsoe. P.J. Tucker and Channing Frye, according to Paul Coro of azcentral sports.
The Suns’ first full day of free-agency negotiations covered many bases, including the early stages of following up on their desire to retain three of last season’s starters — restricted free agents Eric Bledsoe and P.J. Tucker, perhaps before they can sign an offer sheet with another team on July 10, and unrestricted free agent Channing Frye.
Because of their restricted status, it seems fairly likely that at least Bledsoe (17.7 points and 5.5 assists per game last season) and Tucker (9.4 PPG and 6.5 RPG) return. Frye’s situation is a little less certain. The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are also pursuing him, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
But the Suns aren’t strictly looking at bringing back their guys. With plenty of cap space, Phoenix is exploring its options.
The Suns also have made contact with or been contacted by at least 12 other free agents. That includes unrestricted free agents Pau Gasol, Trevor Ariza, Luol Deng, Spencer Hawes, Danny Granger, Ed Davis, Marvin Williams and Josh McRoberts and restricted free agents Gordon Hayward, Chandler Parsons, Isaiah Thomas and Patrick Patterson.
Wojnarowski has also reported that the Suns are interested in bringing both LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony on board.
Needless to say, Phoenix is expected to be heavily involved in the free agent frenzy this summer.