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Gerald Bourguet serves as PHNX's reporter, writing savant and podcast co-host for all things Phoenix Suns. He's been a basketball fan since the day he could say "Michael Jordan," graduated from the Walter Cronkite School at ASU in 2013 with a BA and MA in sports journalism and has been covering the NBA ever since. As a credentialed media member since 2015, Gerald dealt with his Suns-related depression through his writing...until the Bubble Suns changed everything. Now, the Artist Formerly Known as Zewio is just as excited to cover winning basketball as Suns fans are to enjoy watching it.

Monday’s literal last-second loss to the Memphis Grizzlies was just about as close to an outlier as you could get for the Phoenix Suns — not because the Grizz are a bad team or anything like that, but because it was so far outside the norms of what this group is capable of at full strength. Playing without Deandre Ayton,…...

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The Phoenix Suns need to pay up for Cam Johnson next summer.

Deandre Ayton isn’t the only young cornerstone the Phoenix Suns need to worry about paying next summer. As much as Cam Johnson is going to be a represent a hefty amount on their inevitable luxury tax bill, he’ll be worth it for their short- and long-term future. Thursday night’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder provided the latest example of...

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Devin Booker's seamless return proves how dangerous the Phoenix Suns truly are.

After missing seven straight games with a hamstring injury, Devin Booker did not have his best shooting night against the Charlotte Hornets Sunday night. He was 6-for-15 from the field overall, and he finished with 16 points — well below his season averages of 22.9 points per game on 45.6 percent shooting. And yet, his 16-point, 6-rebound, 5-assist performance in...

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JaVale McGee is proving to be one of the NBA's best value contracts with the Phoenix Suns.

Outside of rookie deals, there might not be a better value contract in the NBA right now than JaVale McGee’s $5 million salary with the Phoenix Suns. The Suns knew they were checking multiple boxes off their list when they signed him in free agency. With Dario Saric sidelined for the foreseeable future by an ACL tear, they were getting...

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Deandre Ayton is quickly becoming a pick-and-roll master with the Phoenix Suns.

In Tuesday night’s overtime win over the Portland Trail Blazers, Deandre Ayton’s Herculean return to action was the big headline. And why wouldn’t it be? After missing two games with a non-COVID illness, and with the Phoenix Suns still missing Devin Booker on top of Frank Kaminsky, Abdel Nader, Jalen Smith and Dario Saric, Ayton put up a season-high 28 points, 13 rebounds and 2 steals in a whopping 45 minutes. He shot 12-for-17 from the floor, played an impossibly long stint when JaVale McGee got in foul trouble and provided yet another reminder why he’s going to get paid next summer. But it wasn’t just the sheer numbers in a big road win on the second night of a…

The Phoenix Suns are learning hard but important lessons about their depth with key players out.

Take away two of an NBA team’s best players and you’ll learn a lot about the other guys. Take away two of their best players and several other rotation players, and suddenly things get interesting in a hurry. So far for the Phoenix Suns, the results have been somewhat mixed ever since Devin Booker and then Deandre Ayton went down...

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Even for a team near the top of the standings like the Phoenix Suns, there are always opportunities to get better. So when The Athletic’s Shams Charania and Bob Kravitz reported on Tuesday that the Indiana Pacers are open to trade talks on Caris LeVert, Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner, it was only natural to wonder how Phoenix might get...

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It’s hard to believe that Jae Crowder has only been in the Valley for just over a year now. Thanks to the pandemic hiatus extending the 2019-20 NBA season well into October, Crowder’s three-year, $30 million deal with the Phoenix Suns wasn’t made official until Nov. 28, and even then, the Chris Paul trade from a few weeks prior cast...

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Landry Shamet was getting comfortable with the Phoenix Suns even before Devin Booker went down.

Landry Shamet has oddly become a scapegoat for Phoenix Suns fans. It could be due to his arrival forcing the departure of a fan favorite like Jevon Carter. Maybe it’s because of the timing of Shamet’s 4-year, $43 million extension right at the deadline, while Deandre Ayton was left hanging. Or perhaps it’s simply because, with knockdown shooters, there’s a...

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In case you hadn’t heard, the Phoenix Suns played the Golden State Warriors Tuesday night in a battle between the NBA’s two-best records. It wasn’t just Phoenix’s franchise-record streak on the line though, since the early title of “league’s best team” also hung in the balance…at least until Friday, when they’ll face off again in the Bay Area. In an...

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