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Kellan Olson and former NBA player Eddie House take you inside the Suns and the NBA every day with Locked on Suns part of the Locked on Podcast Network, your team every day. #suns #nba #phoenix

Kellan Olson and former NBA player Eddie House take you inside the Suns and the NBA every day with Locked on Suns part of the Locked on Podcast Network, your team every day. #suns #nba #phoenix
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Kellan Olson and former NBA player Eddie House take you inside the Suns and the NBA every day with Locked on Suns part of the Locked on Podcast Network, your team every day. #suns #nba #phoenix




LOCKED ON SUNS 7/19/19: Vince Marotta of Arizona Sports joins to discuss the new Suns culture, consolidating the core, and more

We are joined by the man with the best seat in Talking Stick Resort Arena, Suns PA announcer and Arizona Sports host Vince Marotta, to break down the Suns’ offseason and the direction the franchise is heading under James Jones. Among the topics discussed: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


LOCKED ON SUNS 7/17/19: The Ringer’s Jonathan Tjarks joins to recap the Suns’ offseason

Jonathan Tjarks of The Ringer joins the show for what has become a summer tradition, recapping the Suns’ offseason and predicting what is to come for the team’s young core. Starting with the draft, we discuss why Tjarks was high on Cam Johnson and why the pick makes sense as a way to maximize Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton, as well as reverse course from the low-floor draft picks of the Ryan McDonough era. We also touch on the Ty Jerome pick and what he has to do to become an NBA...


LOCKED ON SUNS 7/15/19: Do the Suns have to worry about Devin Booker in the age of player movement?

With superstars like Kyrie Irving, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard and Jimmy Butler ushering in a more sudden and unexpected version of NBA player empowerment, we dive into whether the Suns are in danger of Devin Booker following suit. How soon could it happen for Booker? Do his relationships around the NBA help or hurt the Suns? Did this summer change anything regarding the team’s relationship with him or his involvement in behind-the-scenes recruiting? We dive into where Booker stacks up...


LOCKED ON SUNS 7/12/19: Celebrating our 500th episode with a Seven Seconds Or Less podcast crossover

To celebrate and thank our listeners for 500 (!) episodes of support, we bring on Max and David from the Seven Seconds or Less Podcast to recap the Suns’ offseason. With the Kelly Oubre Jr. deal complete, we talk about what happens next for the Suns as they gear up to potentially spend big in 2021. We also discuss how the rotation might break down next season with most of the players locked in now, and close the show with offseason grades. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...


LOCKED ON SUNS 7/11/19: Kelly Oubre Jr. re-signs with Suns

We hopped on the line as soon as we could to break down Kelly Oubre Jr.’s two year, $30 million deal to remain in Phoenix and continue building with this team’s young core. Oubre likely looked around the market and saw veterans getting the bag, but the Suns were willing to meet him in the middle with a bigger year-one salary on a two-year deal. We explain why this makes sense for both sides. Then, we discuss how this sets the Suns up to be spenders in the summer of 2021 and why that summer...


LOCKED ON SUNS 7/10/19: Thoughts from Ricky Rubio’s introduction and Summer League

We jump in with thoughts from Ricky Rubio’s press conference in Las Vegas and try to sift through how the Suns will use Rubio on the court and what he could bring as a leader. We also bounce around the Summer League roster to discuss who might be a candidate for a two-way contract and what the plan is for Elie Okobo in Phoenix. Finally, we break down how a wild free agency period for the Western Conference could impact the Suns and encourage them to grow the team steadily and...


LOCKED ON SUNS 7/8/19: Recapping the rookie press conference and first Summer League game

We break down the comments from Cameron Johnson, Ty Jerome, Jalen Lecque and James Jones during Sunday’s press conference in Las Vegas as well as the Summer Suns’ win over the Knicks. Jones explained some of the decision-making process from the offseason and the rookies walked through the limbo they’ve been in without being allowed to join the Suns officially until Saturday. Finally, we discuss where things stand with Kelly Oubre Jr.’s free agency. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...


LOCKED ON SUNS 7/3/19: Goodbye Josh Jackson

We sift through two strange years of the Josh Jackson experience in Phoenix and discuss why Jackson’s career never got off the ground as he is now headed to Memphis in a salary dump. Alongside Jackson on the plane to Memphis is De’Anthony Melton, who became the cost of doing business to dump Jackson after it became clear Melton didn’t fit the new identity of this Suns roster. We close the show with a few thoughts on the Suns’ Summer League roster. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...


LOCKED ON SUNS 7/2/19: Resetting Kelly Oubre’s market plus Frank Kaminsky and rotation thoughts

We regroup after a crazy first two days of NBA free agency to go through Kelly Oubre Jr.’s market for a restricted free agent offer sheet and analyze Frank Kaminsky’s new, two-year deal for the room exception. We also discuss whether Rubio’s contract was an overpay and how the Suns can stay flexible financially during the next three seasons. Finally, we parse through the rotation assuming Oubre sticks around and ponder what role the Suns’ rookies will play this year. Learn more about your...


LOCKED ON SUNS 7/1/19: At long last, Phoenix gets its point guard in Ricky Rubio

We break down what went into the Suns’ decision to pivot to Ricky Rubio on the first day of free agency as other point guards flew off the market at gargantuan price tags, as well as Rubio’s fit with the Suns. Then we take a few listener questions and explain why the Suns opted not to sign someone like D’Angelo Russell, instead betting on their young core to grow into a contending team. We close the show with a breakdown of Kelly Oubre’s market after Day One of free agency and how the Suns...


LOCKED ON SUNS 6/28/19: Final 2019 NBA free agency predictions

In our final episode before free agency kicks off, we are here to unveil our predictions for what will happen with the Phoenix Suns. First, we start with a would you rather segment revolving around certain options Phoenix can use to create flexibility and/or improve their roster. Then, we dive into the odds of who we believe will be Suns at the start of next season, which includes possible free agency targets and current players on their roster. Will D’Angelo Russell reunite with his best...


LOCKED ON SUNS 6/27/19: Breaking down the Suns’ point guard options, plus news roundup

We are back to give our own thoughts on free agency, suddenly just three days away. Before breaking down the value of the Suns’ four main options at point guard, we catch up on the news, including a suggestion from The Athletic that a sign-and-trade might be in the cards for the Suns to get D’Angelo Russell, as well as the Suns’ coaching staff being finalized. Then, we move onto dissecting how Russell might fit in Phoenix, as well as Cory Joseph, Patrick Beverly and Malcolm Brogdon. Each...


LOCKED ON SUNS 6/26/19: Why Cam Johnson could work out for Phoenix with Zach Milner of The Stepien

We are joined by Zach Milner of The Stepien to discuss the piece he wrote on the case for Cam Johnson as a high-value draft pick. Zach explains why he believes Johnson’s outlier shooting ability could eventually make him a top-10 player in this draft, if the Suns properly build and develop the rest of the roster. Zach also explains why he believes Ty Jerome was a decent value play at No. 24 but is a longshot to become a good starting option alongside Devin Booker and Mikal Bridges. We...


LOCKED ON SUNS 6/25/19: Jeff Siegel of Early Bird Rights joins to break down all of the Suns’ options in free agency

Jeff Siegel joins the show to break down everything you need to know regarding the Suns’ multitude of options heading into free agency. We break down how the Suns could clear cap space to go after a big-money point guard, including D’Angelo Russell or Malcolm Brogdon, and what it would mean for Kelly Oubre Jr.’s future in Phoenix. We also discuss Oubre’s market and whether the Suns will allow him to test the restricted free agency market or agree to a new deal with him quickly. We close...


LOCKED ON SUNS 6/24/19: Liberty Ballers’ Jackson Frank on Dario Saric, the draft, and building out the Suns’ defense

We are joined by Jackson Frank, whose work you can find at Liberty Ballers as well as The Athletic and FanSided, to discuss the fallout from draft night as we are now less than a week from free agency. Jackson gives his thoughts on Dario Saric as a floor-spacer and playmaker at the 4 spot next to Deandre Ayton and how the duo might fare on defense. Plus, did the 76ers move on from Saric because they didn’t want him, or just because Jimmy Butler was available? The Suns’ draft gets a...


LOCKED ON SUNS 6/21/19: Rethinking the Suns' plan after the 2019 draft with Gerald Bourguet of Hoops Habit

With a night of sleep behind us to clear our minds and adjust for the shock factor of the Suns’ unexpected and widely panned draft night, we bring on Gerald Bourguet to analyze everything that happened in the 2019 NBA Draft. Specifically, we try to consider what these moves mean for the Suns’ future. They clearly targeted shooting and veteran experience, but does this limit their flexibility moving forward, and does it show a different set of priorities for the front office than we...


LOCKED ON SUNS 6/20/19: Sorting through a bizarre draft night for the Suns

On today’s episode live from Talking Stick Resort Arena, we recapped the Phoenix Suns’ 2019 draft haul. It was totally unexpected featuring three trades and them somehow having less cap space afterwards. First, the Suns traded T.J. Warren plus the No. 32 pick to Indiana for cash considerations. Why did Phoenix have to attach their second-round pick to offload Warren’s remaining salary? The Pacers ended up trading this pick for three additional second-round picks later on. Next, Phoenix...


LOCKED ON SUNS 6/19/19: Lottery mock draft plus Jackson/Warren trade predictions

We mock the top 14 picks of the 2019 NBA Draft, including two big trades and a bad break for the Suns. We also discuss the latest rumors and possibilities in the lottery, and the biggest questions 24 hours out. In the last segment, we give out final predictions for what happens to T.J. Warren and Josh Jackson on draft night, both of whom according to Woj are not expected to be on the Suns’ roster by the end of Thursday night. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


LOCKED ON SUNS 6/18/19: Is the sixth pick available or not, plus second-round targets

We address the opposing rumors on each side about the availability of the Suns’ No. 6 pick in this week’s NBA Draft, including why it might make sense for the Suns to keep quiet and what options would be available to them if they choose to trade back. We then make our way to the Josh Jackson/T.J. Warren rumors, indicating the Suns could offload their salaries on draft night and get a cheaper player late in the draft. We dive into about a dozen players we like in the second round either...


LOCKED ON SUNS 6/17/19: Surveying the post-AD trade landscape of the draft with Kellan Olson

Kellan Olson, the Suns reporter over at Arizona Sports, jumps on the show to reset the draft’s top questions in the aftermath of the Anthony Davis trade. We look at what could happen with the fourth pick after it changes hands from Los Angeles to New Orleans, as well as what the Suns’ plan appears to be at No. 6. We also touch on the growing rumors of D’Angelo Russell being available in free agency as a result of Kyrie Irving heading to Brooklyn, and why the Suns would be smart to get...