July 12, 2012: Suns' options after Eric Gordon
As team president of basketball operations Lon Babby mentioned Wednesday, "We're not sitting on our hands hoping."
The Suns would like nothing more than to see the Hornets not match the offer sheet signed by Eric Gordon, allowing him to relocate to Phoenix. The reality, however, is that by Saturday---if not sooner, Gordon will once again have a New Orleans address.
"We have a big expression in our office that says 'hope is not a plan,;" continued Babby.
"We're hoping that they don't match. We're hoping that he comes to Phoenix. That's again, what he wants. We hope his wishes our accommodated. But if they decide to match, we'll move on and react accordingly."
Plan B for the Suns includes OJ Mayo, who is scheduled for a visit Friday. Mayo averaged 12.6 points per game in his fourth season in Memphis. He's a career 37.5% 3-point shooter.
Other free agent options at shooting guard:
Brown is the more familiar name having scored a career- high 11 points per game in his first season as a Sun.
But the other names are intriguing too.
Foye is a six-year veteran, Lee spent the last two years in Houston where he was teammates with soon-to-be Sun Goran Dragic and Meeks became the odd man out in Philadelphia after the Sixers signed Nick Young and traded for Dorell Wright.
All are above average shooters from beyond the arc.
Suns free agent Grant Hill was spotted Thursday working out at US Airways Center. He told NBA TV recently he has "a desire to play" but has yet to commit to returning for what would be a 19th NBA season.
The Suns continue to look at growing the player development side of their basketball operations. Former player Ira Newble is helping out with the club's summer league team and may become a permanent addition.
Newble played eight years in the NBA with stops in San Antonio, Atlanta, Cleveland, Seattle and the Los Angeles Lakers. He most recently was an assistant coach with the Canton Charge, the Cavaliers-owned team in the NBA D- League.