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Phoenix Suns bring back veteran Ronnie Price as backup point guard

The Suns have further shored up their bench with the announced signing of PG Ronnie Price following the addition of SF Sonny Weems.

Sorry, I had to cut off the Lakers jersey.
Sorry, I had to cut off the Lakers jersey.
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As if the breaking news of the impending Sonny Weems signing wasn't enough excitement for one day... the Suns have really outdone themselves by bringing veteran point guard Ronnie Price back into the fold.

Add in the recent acquisition of Jon Leuer and the Suns have completely reinvented their bench.

Price has carved himself out a niche in the NBA as a career journeyman, playing in 468 games over 10 NBA seasons.

Last season Price played for the Los Angeles Lakers, averaging 5.1 points and 3.8 assists in 43 appearances (including 20 starts).

In Price's previous stint with Phoenix in the 2011-12 season he averaged 3.6 points and 1.9 assists in 36 games.

Price is what he is, an in case of emergency break glass reserve point guard. Unfortunately, he won't help the Suns outside shooting woes, but he's another non-threatening positive veteran locker room presence that should be good to have around the kids.

Here is a snippet from our own Ray Hrovat's season player evaluation from Ronnie Price's previous stint with the Suns in 2011-12.

I'll give two final grades for Ronnie Price. If we look at bottom line production without regard to expectations, role and salary, Price gets an F. While a feisty defender, he has no discernible point guard skills. He's a poor shooter and playmaker, both his stats and the eyeball test showed he wasn't much use to the Suns.

If we do take those other factors into consideration, as well as his positive locker room presence, Price earned a C. For an end of the bench player who rarely played, he contributed in whatever way he could, and there was no downside to having him around.

It sounds like the Suns have another good locker room guy, unfortunately he's not very good at playing basketball.

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