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NBA Rumors: Suns Shopping Miles Plumlee
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The Phoenix Suns are actively shopping big man Miles Plumlee in advance of the Feb. 19 trade deadline, according to league sources.
Miles Plumlee went from averaging 23.5 minutes in November to just 13.5 minutes this month due to the continued development of Alex Len and the acquisition of Brandan Wright from the Boston Celtics.
Last year, Plumlee was a starter for the Suns, but now he is somewhat expendable, so Phoenix is putting him on the block and seeing what he could return in a trade.
Stein reports that the Suns are asking for a future first-round pick for Plumlee, but it’s unclear if there are any suitors willing to pay that price. Suns general manager Ryan McDonough has stockpiled first-round picks since taking over the team, so it’s not surprise that’s what he’s asking for in exchange for the big man. Stein also notes that Phoenix’s front office is working with Plumlee’s representatives to try to find a trade partner.
Plumlee was the 26th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers, and then was dealt to the Suns as part of the package that landed veteran forward Luis Scola in Indiana.
Last season, Plumlee started 79 games for Phoenix and averaged 8.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks. This year, he’s averaging 4.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.0 block in five fewer minutes per night.
This is Plumlee’s third season in the NBA and he turned 26 years old in September. It remains to be seen what Phoenix will get in return for the big man, but it seems both parties are open to a split.
I'm hearing Tyrus Thomas is turning heads with his play at the D-League Showcase. Don't be surprised if he gets called up after Showcase.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) January 19, 2015
Tyrus Thomas decided to enter the D-League and play for the Iowa Energy so that he could show NBA teams that he is in shape and still capable of competing at a high level. At the D-League Showcase this weekend, he did exactly that.
He suited up with the Energy with the hope of getting a call-up and resuming his NBA career, and it seems he won’t need to spend very long in the D-League as a number of NBA teams are already showing interest. Thomas turned heads with his performance, exceeding expectations with his conditioning and shooting, and it seems a call-up will come sooner than later.
He could be signed as early as Monday, since his team has completed their two games at the D-League Showcase and he has looked very good in those two contests.
In Thomas’ D-League debut, he recorded 15 points (on 6-10 shooting from the field), 5 rebounds, 2 blocks and 1 steal in 24 minutes, and he was a team-high +16 in the win.
In his second D-League game, Thomas had 13 points (on 4-7 shooting from the field), 10 rebounds and 2 blocks in 29 minutes.
It’s worth noting that the Memphis Grizzlies and L.A. Lakers worked Thomas out earlier this season, but it’s unclear if those teams have renewed interest in the forward. The Energy are the Grizzlies’ D-League affiliate, so it’s possible they’ll explore signing him.
Thomas spoke exclusively to Basketball Insiders in October and allowed us to film his training. Check out the interview and clips of his workout here.
Source confirms James Michael McAdoo will sign 10-day with Warriors. He averaged 17.6 points, 9.3 boards, 2.6 blocks, 2 steals in D-League.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) January 18, 2015
James Michael McAdoo had emerged as one of the top prospects in the D-League this season, after going undrafted. He had decided to forgo his senior season at the University of North Carolina, but wasn’t selected in the 2014 NBA Draft.
He did receive interest from a number of teams after the draft, though, and ultimately joined the Golden State Warriors’ Summer League team. He played well enough in Summer League (averaging 9.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 1.0 steal in 29 minutes) to earn an invite to training camp.
He looked good in camp, but was waived by the Warriors just before the start of the regular season. He decided to play for the Warriors’ D-League affiliate in Santa Cruz, and he proceeded to average an impressive 17.6 points, 9.3 boards, 2.6 blocks and 2 steals. It’s clear the Warriors took notice, as they offered him a 10-day contract and he accepted.
McAdoo also received a 10-day contract offer from the Memphis Grizzlies, but chose to sign with the Warriors due to the fact that they had showed interest in him since the summer.
“[McAdoo] ultimately chose Golden State because of their initial investment in his development and career,” Jim Tanner, his agent, told Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports.
It remains to be seen if McAdoo will have any kind of role in Golden State, or if he was simply brought in as insurance. At 32-6, the Warriors have the NBA’s best record.
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