Pacific Rumors: Suns, Collison, Clippers

Suns GM Ryan McDonough says the club plans to make a big splash in free agency next summer, he said during a podcast with The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski and summarized by Petersen on the Suns’ website. Phoenix has approximately $59.6MM in salary guarantees next season, which gives it plenty of flexibility to pursue top free agents. “Potentially it’s a very strong free agent class next year,” McDonough told Wojnarowski. “One of the things we’ve done with our contracts is we’ve lined them up to have max cap space next year without really touching the core of our roster. I think and I hope at this time next year, we’re major players in free agency.”

In other developments around the Pacific Division:

  • Kings point guard Darren Collison‘s court case has been delayed until September 8, James Ham of tweets. Collison faces allegations of domestic violence. The case was scheduled to be heard on August 18 after getting pushed back from an earlier date. Collison was arrested in May after local deputies responded to a report from a woman who said she was being assaulted inside a Northern California home. Collison could be facing a lengthy suspension from the league, depending upon the details that come out during the proceeding and the outcome of the case.
  • Elevating Earl Watson from interim coach to full-time head coach and adding two lottery picks are among the ways the Suns improved their state of their franchise this offseason, Matt Petersen of writes. The addition of two highly-respected veterans, combo forward Jared Dudley and guard Leandro Barbosa, will impact the team not only on the court but in the locker room, Petersen adds.
  • Clippers perennial All-Star point guard Chris Paul likes what the team accomplished in free agency despite limited resources, according to Rowan Kavner of The Clippers didn’t add a big-name free agent but retained its key free agents and made some under-the-radar signings, including Brandon Bass, Raymond Felton, Marreese Speights and Alan Anderson. “We definitely signed some veterans, some seasoned NBA guys who’ve been through a lot of different situations,” Paul told Kavner.

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