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Archie Goodwin asked to be traded

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Suns were unable to find a suitable partner.

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Monday the Phoenix Suns parted ways with 22 year old guard Archie Goodwin. It was a curious move to many who expected that Derrick Jones Jr. or John Jenkins would be cut to trim the roster to 15 names before the 2016-17 season gets underway. Turns out it was an easier decision than first thought. Late Monday we learned that months ago Goodwin and his agents requested that the Suns seek trade partners.

Joining John Bloom and Eddie House on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Monday, Suns GM Ryan McDonough elaborated on the decision to let go of Goodwin.

“Not that these decisions are ever easy,” McDonough said. “We felt like we got down to 16 really good, quality NBA players. Archie and his agents for the last few months asked us to accommodate a trade request.

“With that in mind, we told Archie and his agent we’d try to help him move to a team where he’d have an opportunity and play,” the general manager added. “Unfortunately, we weren’t able to work out a deal. This time of a year, it’s hard.”

With the roster set, the Suns 2016-17 season starts Wednesday when the Sacramento Kings come to Talking Stick Resort Arena. Tip off is set for 7pm PT.