It wasn’t long ago that Earl Watson was in an NBA locker room as a player rather than a coach, so he knows how to help his young Suns team deal with the trade rumors that will surface this month, writes Doug Haller of AZCentral.com.
“Communication is key,” the Suns head coach said. “And it’s not communication (as far as) who’s going to get traded and who’s not going to get traded, it’s more of transparency (regarding) how much we appreciate you now. All we can control is this moment and our actions and our attitude. Everything else will take care of itself.”
Meanwhile, in the wake of a report that the Suns and Kings had trade discussions about DeMarcus Cousins, Suns general manager Ryan McDonough appeared this week on Arizona Sports 620. While McDonough stopped short of confirming any interest in Cousins, he acknowledged that he’s doing due diligence on any opportunity that may be available.
“What I will say, generally, is that we have conversations with every other team in the league about every elite player in the league,” the Suns GM said. “Our interest level, obviously, differs on those players. … This time of year I think some of the rumors get a little bit out of control. Some of them, there is a shred of truth to them. Some of them, there’s no truth to them. And obviously, from the team side, it’s not great when your own players are mentioned in a deal either individually or in a package, but that’s part of the business.”
Here’s more from around the Pacific:
- The Warriors‘ frontcourt remains banged up, with Zaza Pachulia joining David West on the injury report. According to Anthony Slater of The Bay Area News Group (Twitter link), Pachulia will miss at least a week due to a right rotator cuff strain. Meanwhile, West will miss at least two more games with a thumb injury, and is expected to be re-evaluated next week, tweets Monte Poole of CSNBayArea.com.
- After a recent Spanish report suggested that Lakers point guard Jose Calderon could return to Europe and play for Real Madrid later this season, Calderon shot down that notion, suggesting that the writer ought to get new sources (English link via Emiliano Carchia of Sportando). Calderon, 35, has seen his minutes significantly reduced this season and is a free agent this summer, so he may be a buyout candidate, but he intends to finish the season in Los Angeles.
- Among our Pacific-related items from Wednesday: Kings guard Garrett Temple is expected to miss two to three weeks, and former Suns guard John Jenkins is headed to the D-League.