Per Woj, the Phoenix Suns have added point guard depth for training camp and potential some preseason in signing Chasson Randle for training camp.
Randle, a four-year NBA veteran with five different teams, will join his sixth team with an Exhibit 10 deal.
Free agent G Chasson Randle is signing a training camp deal with the Phoenix Suns, source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 22, 2021
Randle, 28 years old, played 41 games last year for the injury-ravaged Orlando Magic and played 49 games two years prior, though was basically out of the league the year in between. He has averaged 5.7 points and 1.8 assists in 16 minutes per game over his four-year career.
Here’s a nice video on Randle’s journey from college through the NBA, from five months ago when Randle was briefly a starter for the Magic.
Or just watch some highlights from last season.
Three years ago, we might have been lauding Randle as a potential starter next to Devin Booker, wondering if he could beat out Isaiah Canaan, Mike James and Tyler Ulis.
This year, Randle is hoping to stick as the 15th man — or possibly with the second two-way spot next to Chandler Hutchison — behind All-Star Chris Paul, supersub Cam Payne and veteran Elfrid Payton.
Most likely, he’s just a training camp body hoping to get into a couple preseason games to show other NBA teams he’s still alive. From the Suns perspective, teams usually bring extra players to training camp to facilitate saving wear and tear on veteran players as they ramp back up into playing shape. Chris Paul has just recently gotten the brace off his left wrist after post-season surgery, so his training camp involvement might be limited.