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Kevin Durant shot his shot this weekend, giving Joe Tsai an ultimatum to fire Brooklyn's braintrust or trade KD. The Phoenix Suns have a clear path to enter the KD bidding war with the Nets now. Brendon Kleen explains why it's almost certain now that KD gets dealt, how today's news creates pressure on James Jones and the Suns, and what comes next i…
 
While the Phoenix Suns wait for Kevin Durant, the top of the Western Conference didn't change much. Brendon Kleen gives his Western Conference winners and losers from NBA free agency and his top eight teams power rankings for who might win the West in 2023. But first, a look at the narrative that the Suns have been "solved" and whether major change…
 
Jae Crowder took this Twitter this week to express his desire for change, does that mean he wants to leave the Phoenix Suns? Brendon Kleen is joined by Aaron Edwards to discuss Crowder's situation, plus a separate tweet from the QuikTrip account about the Kevin Durant saga which included some Mikal Bridges disrespect. To close, a closer look at the…
 
Steve Nash is the greatest Phoenix Suns player ever and a revolutionary NBA talent whose impact is all over today's game. Brendon Kleen is joined by Mat Issa of Basketball News to discuss Nash's impact, what made him such a special basketball player, whether the 7SOL Suns were good or bad for the NBA, and much more! Subscribe to Locked On Suns on Y…
 
The Phoenix Suns are in the middle of a busy offseason, but don't ignore the fact that they are paying the NBA luxury tax for the first time in over a decade. Brendon Kleen explains how much Robert Sarver will pay in tax dollars with or without a Kevin Durant trade, and why it matters. But first, would Sean Marks really sabotage a Durant trade so h…
 
A recent report indicates Kevin Durant believed he would be headed to the Phoenix Suns shortly after his trade request. Brendon Kleen is joined by Aaron Edwards to discuss why that hasn't happened and whether KD made a mistake. Then, it's time for a listener mailbag, including our top five Phoenix Suns of all time, whether this is Chris Paul's last…
 
The Phoenix Suns need another backup guard, frontcourt size, and shooting whether they get Kevin Durant or not. Brendon Kleen explores the current NBA market for free agents and trades. Then, a closer look at a few of the updates this week about Robert Sarver and the NBA investigation into him. How involved is Sarver day-to-day right now, and when …
 
The Celtics have reportedly put Jaylen Brown on the table in trade talks for Kevin Durant. Is he a trump card over the best Phoenix Suns offer? Brendon Kleen is joined by Kellan Olson to sift through the latest reporting, including why Boston leaked this now, whether Brown pushes the Celtics offer over the top, and whether the Suns can afford to wa…
 
Monty Williams will be head coach of the Phoenix Suns a little longer after he agreed on a contract extension over the weekend. Brendon Kleen discusses the deal, why the timing of it shows the Suns have faith in Williams with or without Kevin Durant, even after a playoff meltdown. To close, a look around the NBA for context as to how strong William…
 
The ball is back in Kevin Durant's court as talks stall between the Phoenix Suns and Brooklyn Nets. Brendon Kleen is joined by Doug Norrie to discuss whether Durant would sit out or go public with his demands, why the Nets haven't done a deal yet, and whether a package centered on Mikal Bridges, Cameron Johnson and draft picks is ultimately enough …
 
Deandre Ayton faces an uphill battle to make an All-Star team for the Phoenix Suns during his new four-year contract. Brendon Kleen is joined by Aaron Edwards to discuss the chances of Ayton being an All-Star at least once on the new deal and how Ayton can use the regular season to get better with or without Kevin Durant. Plus, is there any chance …
 
Deandre Ayton just inked a new max contract with the Phoenix Suns and will be expected to keep improving. Brendon Kleen details three ways Ayton can improve starting with the 2022-23 season, including shot creation, defensive versatility and even rebounding. Subscribe to Locked On Suns on YouTube: https://bit.ly/3AtuiAX Locked On Suns listener surv…
 
Deandre Ayton is coming back to the Phoenix Suns, and it's a win for him, the team, and the organization. Brendon Kleen explains each angle of the deal, including why Ayton getting financial and career stability is such a relief, how this helps the Suns continue to win at a high level, and how it could help the Suns be the best version of themselve…
 
Deandre Ayton will return to the Phoenix Suns after signing an offer sheet with Indiana. Brendon Kleen is joined by Aaron Edwards of All Caps NBA to discuss the move, including why the Suns chose to keep Ayton after all, how this deal affects the Kevin Durant talks, and how the Suns can move forward on and off the court with Ayton back in the fold.…
 
The Phoenix Suns don't seem to be making serious offers to Brooklyn yet, but they don't need to worry about the Nets keeping Kevin Durant. Brendon Kleen explains why, including Joe Tsai's reported desire to regain control of the organization and the Nets' fear of holdouts by Durant or Kyrie Irving. Plus, why the Knicks lead in the Donovan Mitchell …
 
Donovan Mitchell has finally been made available, throwing talks for Kevin Durant by the Phoenix Suns and others into a frenzy. Brendon Kleen breaks down which NBA teams will shift their focus to pursuing Mitchell over Durant, why the Suns will stand pat targeting KD, and whether a Deandre Ayton-Mitchell-Durant megatrade is in the cards. Plus, how …
 
The Phoenix Suns are staring down a potential maximum offer sheet for Deandre Ayton from the Indiana Pacers. Brendon Kleen is joined by Tony East of Locked On Pacers to discuss who has the leverage in the situation, the role that agent Bill Duffy will play, what landing spot makes sense for Myles Turner, and how this situation connects to the Kevin…
 
Kevin Durant is still a Net, but the Phoenix Suns hold the keys to the kingdom in trade talks. Brendon Kleen explains the latest on the KD talks, why the market isn't as hot as Brooklyn expected, how Deandre Ayton factors in now, and why the Suns are smart to slow play negotiations in hopes of getting a team-friendly deal. Subscribe to Locked On Su…
 
The Devin Booker NBA 2K23 cover arrived Thursday, and the week of Booker continues. Brendon Kleen is joined by Aaron Edwards to discuss the legacy of Booker on the Phoenix Suns and what makes Suns fans love Booker so much. Then, a look around the NBA at last-minute free agency possibilities for the Suns including Dennis Schroder. Subscribe to Locke…
 
Devin Booker is locked in for six more seasons after signing a supermax extension with the Phoenix Suns. Brendon Kleen puts Booker's deal into context, including how his loyalty and connection to the Valley make him a singular and magnetic star in this city, plus why his style and flair make him the perfect mix of young guard and old guard in the N…
 
The Phoenix Suns are quietly negotiating a deal to land Kevin Durant, but reporting has gone quiet. Brendon Kleen sits in the calm before the storm and analyzes the level of pressure facing each central character, from Durant to James Jones to Chris Paul and beyond. It's the Phoenix Suns-Kevin Durant Trade Talk Desperation Index! Subscribe to Locke…
 
After almost a week, Kevin Durant still seems fated to head to the Phoenix Suns. Brendon Kleen reads the tea leaves from the latest NBA reporting, including a timeline on the Durant deal. Then, a look at whether the Pacers and their cap space or the Raptors and their allegedly perfect package for KD could actually ruin the negotiations. Subscribe t…
 
BasketballNews.com's Evan Sidery ism back to go over the latest NBA free agency news. As the world waits for the Kevin Durant domino to fall, Evan created some scenarios. Durant's preferred destination is the Phoenix Suns, so how can he end up there while everyone else involved also wins? Let's get in the lab and craft some trade ideas for Durant t…
 
A Deandre Ayton trade partner for the Phoenix Suns was reported Friday in the form of Utah, right after they dealt Rudy Gobert to Minnesota. Brendon Kleen explains how the Suns' pursuit of Kevin Durant could open up to include the Jazz and possibly the Wolves in order to create a package that Brooklyn likes. Then, a look at the center market with J…
 
Kevin Durant asked to be traded to the Phoenix Suns on Thursday, shocking the NBA world and setting the Suns up for the best team in franchise history. Brendon Kleen is joined by Aaron Edwards of All Caps NBA on to discuss Durant's request, the role Devin Booker played in all of it, and why the Suns made sense all along. Then, a closer look at the …
 
The Phoenix Suns could ultimately get Deandre Ayton back at less than the max as his market dries up in NBA free agency. Brendon Kleen breaks down the latest on Ayton before rifling through a best-case scenario for the Suns in free agency. What Jae Crowder trade makes the most sense? Is a Landry Shamet trade realistic? And where should the Suns spe…
 
Now that Kyrie Irving has opted in, Kevin Durant is unlikely to be available to the Phoenix Suns or anyone. Brendon Kleen recaps the latest with the Nets and what comes next, then rifles through tons of trades involving Jae Crowder and Landry Shamet, before closing with a breakdown of how the Suns should approach the center position in NBA free age…
 
On today'e episode of Nothing But Bets, Evan Sidery is joined by Alex Kennedy as the BasketballNews.com staff writers go over the latest free agency rumblings. What does massive betting movement around Deandre Ayton mean? Will Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving both be leaving the Brooklyn Nets? All of this, plus so much more, in a jam-packed episode! S…
 
The Phoenix Suns have needed another scoring option for years, and this year's NBA free agency could help them find it. Brendon Kleen explores the options available to Phoenix in a Jae Crowder trade or in free agency, including Knicks wing Alec Burks, Lakers guard Malik Monk, and journeyman guard Dennis Schroder. Subscribe to Locked On Suns on YouT…
 
As expected, Deandre Ayton, Kevin Durant and James Jones are the key characters for the Phoenix Suns this offseason. Brendon Kleen is joined by Aaron Edwards of All Caps NBA to answer three key questions for the rest of NBA free agency, including the likelihood of an Ayton return, who's untouchable in a Durant deal, and how much of Jones' approach …
 
The Phoenix Suns sat out the NBA Draft but around them, the Deandre Ayton market changed dramatically. Brendon Kleen explains why Detroit might be out on DA, leaving three East teams as the main suitors. Then, a look at the latest on Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant and why the Suns are still in good position to get a look from KD should he explore a …
 
A mysterious report hit on Tuesday indicating the Phoenix Suns might deal Cameron Johnson for a pick in this week's NBA Draft in order to create some space under the luxury tax. Brendon Kleen explains why the report doesn't add up, how to understand the war of words in the Deandre Ayton saga, and what the Suns' actual luxury tax situation is the ne…
 
The market is "hot" for Deandre Ayton, the Kyrie Irving situation in Brooklyn could have ripple effects with Kevin Durant, and Rudy Gobert rumors are flying. Brendon Kleen is joined by Matt Moore of @The Action Network and @Locked On Nuggets to break down Moore's latest reporting and what it means for the Phoenix Suns. Do we know who actually wants…
 
The Phoenix Suns are sure to be at the center of the NBA offseason, but when will news actually start to come? Brendon Kleen predicts the headlines we will see about the Suns this week before breaking down the latest on Ayton suitors, the Rudy Gobert market, and more. Locked On Suns listener survey: https://forms.gle/ooqUXLJbf1i5ZHxK6 Support Us By…
 
The Ultimate NBA Mock Draft 2022 begins as the Locked On NBA local experts make the pick for their teams. Kainani Stevens is joined by Rafael Barlowe & Richard Stayman from Locked On NBA Big Board to breakdown every pick. Audacy Experts Ryan McDonough, Jimmy Patsos, and more give their analysis along with the Locked On College hosts who covered the…
 
We know the offseason will be busy for the Phoenix Suns, but what's most likely to actually happen? Brendon Kleen is joined by Aaron Edwards of All Caps NBA to rank each move based on what will happen. But first, is fixing the Suns behind the scenes a bigger task than we realized? And a trip down memory lane to the days of Shaq and Terry Porter in …
 
ESPN is reporting a senior sales manager has resigned from the Phoenix Suns citing a toxic workplace, HR breakdowns, and alleged fraud. Brendon Kleen discusses how the latest allegations fit into the ongoing NBA investigation, and why the human resources dysfunction and misuse of ticket sales are problems too big for the NBA to ignore. Subscribe to…
 
More than a half-dozen NBA Draft prospects have reportedly spoken with the Phoenix Suns. Brendon Kleen lists them off and discusses how much stock to put into the reporting. Then, it's time to spitball several trade ideas that could get the Suns back into either the first or second round and potentially retool the roster elsewhere in the process. S…
 
News is coming fast on Deandre Ayton and how he and the Phoenix Suns will handle his free agency. Brendon Kleen lists his five top Ayton destinations across the NBA based on how Ayton will fit, the options for a trade with the Suns, and what the Suns could receive. But first, a look at the most recent reports around the NBA including why Rudy Gober…
 
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