It wasn’t long ago that Goran Dragic was considered expendable. Jeff Hornacek made his intention to employ a two point guard backcourt of Dragic and summer trade prize Eric Bledsoe well-known before the season, but most league followers deemed that decision wildly optimistic and even outright naive.
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The Toronto Raptors' Dwane Casey and the Phoenix Suns' Jeff Hornacek were named Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month. They've had quite different seasons, but the starting point for the success of both is the same.
Teams negotiating contract extensions with players facing restricted free agency in the coming summer are working from a position of strength. With the right to match any offer their restricted free agent receives after the season, organizations hold a ubiquitous power over young players throughout such discourse.
In a vacuum, teams assessing whether or not to award a non-maximum extension before the early-season deadline should ask themselves a simple question: Is there a chance this prospective deal comes in below a player's market value this summer? If not, there's just no blanket justification for granting these often-lucrative contracts. Outperform expectations? Franchises will gladly pay the inflated price. Underwhelm? That omnipresent power in free agency remains.
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The two-point guard line up isn’t necessarily new. It was heavily employed by George Karl, first with
The Phoenix Suns had a half-court shot contest at their open practice on Saturday. Jeff Hornacek won. Because of course he did.