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RUMOR: D’Angelo Russell not an option for Suns

D'Angelo Russell, Suns, Nets

The Phoenix Suns will reportedly not pursue point guard D’Angelo Russell this summer in free agency, according to John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7.

Russell becomes a restricted free agent this offseason, meaning the Brooklyn Nets can match any offer sheet should Russell sign one with another team. However, if the Nets sign All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, they could renounce Russell’s free agent rights, making him an unrestricted free agent instead.

The Suns are in desperate need of a starting-caliber point guard. Russell and Suns shooting guard Devin Booker are very close friends. However, per Gambadoro, it doesn’t appear Phoenix has interest in signing Russell.

With the Nets this season, Russell averaged 21.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game during the regular season. The talented lefty shot 43.4 percent from the field, 36.9 percent from beyond the arc, 78.0 percent from the free-throw line and made his first All-Star team while leading Brooklyn to the playoffs.

In the past, the Suns have been linked to Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier, who like Russell, becomes a restricted free agent this summer. Since Phoenix won’t be able to draft Murray State point guard Ja Morant in the 2019 NBA Draft, expect them to sign a veteran point guard in free agency.