Looks like the Suns are scouring the league for backup point guards who can challenge Zabian Dowdell, while the nominal backup Aaron Brooks takes his talents to China for a few months.
After looking over the available options, the Suns are likely wishing Brooks would have waited one more week before signing that overseas contract. Brooks would be the best of the lot, I daresay.
Suns reporter Paul Coro tweeted the following, a few minutes ago, about the Suns' interest in Sebastian Telfair:
Coro earlier wrote that the Suns were interested in Shannon Brown and Ronnie Price, and there was optimism in keeping Grant despite the reports (from NY reporters, anyway) that he might be leaning toward the Knicks because he loves the city of New York.
Info on Sebastian Telfair, from ESPN Insider... not a good write-up:
+ Small, quick point guard who can penetrate but struggles to finish.
+ Weak outside shooter. Drives to score; doesn't see floor. Turnover-prone.
+ Poor rebounder. Quick but undersized defender. Effective against fast guards.
Jonny Flynn's injury opened up minutes for Telfair in the first half of the season, where he reaffirmed that his combination of poor distribution and misplaced confidence in his jump shot makes him barely adequate even as a 10-minute stopgap. By his own standards, it was a fine shooting season -- Telfair scored more on fewer shots and had a career-high TS% of 49.7. The fact that such a low mark was his best ever is depressing, and Telfair also had too many turnovers. Overall, it was his fourth straight season with a PER between 10 and 11.
Defensively, at least, Telfair has become borderline adequate. He's still undersized and struggles when big point guards take him on the block, but he's quick and his effort was more consistent last season. While he fouls a lot and doesn't help on the boards, his rates of blocks and steals were solid and his advanced defensive stats suggest he wasn't a negative overall.
More point guards on the radar, at least earlier in the day. I'm hoping that Shannon Brown might be considered in addition to Tefair because he can play SG at 6'4" and really strong...
Two more prospects have emerged onto the long list of free-agent point guards the Suns are considering to join Zabian Dowdell in backing up Nash.
There is continued optimism that the Suns will be able to re-sign forward Grant Hill. Free agents can begin signing contracts Friday. Suns training camp will open Saturday.