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Practice today for the Suns ran longer than planned. The general mood of the team seems pretty serious. There's no high-fiving jocularity going into the season.

We got our first look at Jarron Collins. He seems to be about the same size as Channing Frye. Not a particularly wide body maybe a bit longer. He was a nice interview and talked about doing what he's asked to do. You can see why he lasted so long in Utah. He's a pro.

Collins also is a long time family friend of the Lopez family. He and his brother Jason played youth club ball with older brother Alex Lopez and he's know Brook and Robin since they were toddlers. I asked him if that makes him a good choice to be a mentor to Robin. He didn't take the bait and basically said at this point he knows Robin so well that the best he can do is just provide encouragement.

Other Griffin Brother

Taylor Griffin was once again the last player off the court. He said he was excited to play in his first NBA game and is clearly disappointed that Blake is injured. He said that he talks to his brother about every other day.

Options Date

The Suns have until October 31st to pick up the 4th year options on the rookie contracts of Dudley and Tucker. I asked David Griffin about it and he said they would likely announce the decision on Thursday. He called it a no-brainer but I am not really sure what he meant.

Picking up Dudley's option is a no-brainer to me but do the Suns really want to guarantee Tucker $2m for next season? If they don't pick up his option he becomes an unrestricted free agent next year which means this trade season he's an expiring contract. But maybe that's what Griff meant by it being a no-brainer. We'll find out soon enough.

You all know how much I love Tucker. He's a great guy and I think is a legit NBA player but here in Phoenix he's just stuck behind Barbosa and Richardson and that won't change next year either. It's a numbers game with him but I'm always going to be a Tucker fan.

Predictions:

It's that time of the year. I am picking the Magic to beat the Spurs in the finals.

I really don't care about MVP, MIP, ROY, etc but feel free to call your shot in the comments below.

 

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