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Solar Flares - Open NBA/Suns Thread - Week of August 27-September 2

Still a slow time of the year. Not much happening till mid-month, when players start arriving for voluntary workouts before training camp.

A couple of things to talk about this week, in random order:

1) The Suns are apparently interested (at least mildly, at the vet min) in former Sixth Man of the Year Leandro Barbosa. Why? With Brown/Dudley set to share SG duties, and new recruits Beasley/Johnson/Tucker at SF, whose minutes would Barbosa take? Think about this from the FO perspective - they signed everyone in the wing rotation this summer except Jared Dudley, who was already under a great contract. What are they thinking, when expressing interest in Barbosa?

2) Suns C Marcin Gortat is playing well for Poland, but the rest of his national team is just not very good. They are 2-2 so far in qualifying for the Eurobasket 2013, with 4 games left (Last game on September 8). They have a very good chance of finishing well, especially if former Suns Maciej Lampe returns to action soon (out with minor injury).

3) Jared Dudley tweets that this is his final week in Vegas before returning to Phoenix for the season. He is not partying, rather he's playing daily pickups games and working out hard with other NBA players. His biggest diversion seems to be movies. I've been wondering who would organize Suns workouts in Phoenix this fall - maybe its Dudley?

4) Anything else?

Ready...set...talk!

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