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2014–15 Phoenix Suns season
Head coach Jeff Hornacek
General manager Ryan McDonough
Owner(s) Robert Sarver
Arena US Airways Center
Results
Record 39–43 (.476)
Place Division: 3rd (Pacific)
Conference: 10th (Western)
Playoff finish Did Not Qualify

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television Fox Sports Arizona
Radio KTAR
< 2013–14 2015–16 >

The 2014–15 Phoenix Suns season is the 47th season of the franchise in the NBA.[1] It is also the last season when the arena would be named the US Airways Center, before it is renamed Talking Stick Resort Arena beginning in October 2015. With Channing Frye and Leandro Barbosa leaving in free agency and Goran Dragić being traded to the Miami Heat near the end of the trade deadline, no other player on the team had made the playoffs with the organization in previous years now. The Suns were in playoff contention for much of the season but suffered in the final weeks, partly due to injuries involving Brandon Knight and later Alex Len, and partly due to the amount of players added and taken away during the trade deadline. The Suns capped off the 2014–15 NBA season with five consecutive losses and losing 10 out of 11 games total (the worst season-ending stretch since its inaugural season), finishing 3rd place in Pacific division and 10th place in Western Conference with a 39-43 record. The Suns did not qualify for the playoffs for the fifth straight year, which currently ties the stretch from the 1970–71 to 1974–75 seasons as the team's longest playoff drought.

What would mark this season in particular were the trades the Suns had done throughout the season. In the offseason, the Suns would trade for point guard Isaiah Thomas for 2013 second round pick Alex Oriakhi. Thomas would later on be traded in an infamously massive multi-team trade that would also result in the Dragić brothers, rookie guard Tyler Ennis, and center Miles Plumlee going to some different teams in exchange for guard Brandon Knight from the Milwaukee Bucks, Marcus Thornton from the Boston Celtics, Danny Granger from the Miami Heat, and three different future first round picks. Before then, the Suns would try to remain competitive with smaller trades like trading Anthony Tolliver to the Detroit Pistons for Tony Mitchell (who would eventually be waived), trading a future Minnesota Timberwolves first round pick to Boston for center Brandan Wright, and being involved in a three-way trade with the Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers that gave them Reggie Bullock for Shavlik Randolph.

Key dates[edit]

Offseason[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College / Club
1 14 T. J. Warren Small forward  United States North Carolina State
1 18 Tyler Ennis Point guard  Canada Syracuse
1 27 Bogdan Bogdanović Shooting guard Serbia Serbia Serbia Partizan Belgrade
2 50 Alec Brown Center  United States Wisconsin–Green Bay

The Phoenix Suns had three first round picks and one second round pick this season. Their highest first round pick (the 14th pick) was their own that was also a part of the NBA draft lottery. Both of the extra draft picks the Suns had this season involved trades the Suns made last season. The 18th pick came from the Washington Wizards by the Suns trading Marcin Gortat, Kendall Marshall, Shannon Brown, and Malcolm Lee, with Phoenix also getting the rights of Emeka Okafor out of it. Their 27th pick, however, came from the Indiana Pacers due to the Suns trading power forward Luis Scola, with Phoenix also gaining Gerald Green and Miles Plumlee in the process, both of whom would be beneficial to their improvement from the 2012–13 season. The lone second round pick they have is also the pick they had on their own accord due to their 48–34 record being one of the best in the NBA that past season. Before the draft came up, the Suns also had two other second round draft picks they had acquired from trades with the Los Angeles Lakers (Steve Nash for four draft picks and cash) and the Toronto Raptors (Sebastian Telfair for Hamed Haddadi and Toronto's second round pick) in the 2012–13 season (the last season Lance Blanks was the Suns' general manager). However, both of those second rounders went to the Milwaukee Bucks due to the former first being traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a three–way trade that had the Suns getting rid of Robin Lopez and Hakim Warrick for the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for taking on a one–year deal with Wesley Johnson and the possibility of having a future Timberwolves first round pick (which would eventually get traded anyways) before being involved with Milwaukee in a later three–way trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder and the latter being involved with the Suns' own three–way trade with the Bucks and the Los Angeles Clippers in acquiring Eric Bledsoe (and Caron Butler) in exchange for Jared Dudley.

With the 14th pick, Phoenix selected T.J. Warren, a sophomore from North Carolina State University. Warren averaged 24.9 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, which earned him ACC Player of the Year and consensus second team All–American honors.The Suns also selected Canadian–born Tyler Ennis, a freshman from the Syracuse University with the 18th pick. Ennis averaged 12.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 5.5 assists, and 2.1 steals in 35.7 minutes per game. Phoenix then selected the Serbian international prospect Bogdan Bogdanović of Partizan Belgrade as their 27th pick. Bogdanović averaged 14.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and assists, and 1.6 steals in 31.4 minutes per game for Partizan Belgrade, which helped him win the Euroleague's Rising Star award and the Basketball League of Serbia's Finals MVP award (as well as multiple international championships beforehand). Finally, with their 50th pick in the second round, the Suns decided to select Alec Brown, a senior from the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay. Brown averaged 15.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 3.1 blocks in his final season with the Phoenix, was named All–Horizon League first team, and won the Horizon League's Defensive Player of the Year award. He also co-led the Horizon League in career blocks with 309 total blocks, scored 1,678 points and grabbed 800 rebounds during his time in Green Bay.

Free agency[edit]

Veteran players Emeka Okafor and Leandro Barbosa, as well as the newly signed Shavlik Randolph, Ishmael "Ish" Smith, and Dionte Christmas all became unrestricted free agents as of the end of the 2013–14 NBA season. In addition, both co-star point guard Eric Bledsoe and P.J. Tucker ended up being restricted free agents as well. Not only that, but on June 22, 2014, Channing Frye decided to decline his final year of his contract he had earlier on with the team and decided to pursue free agency as well. On July 7, 2014, Frye ended up signing a 4-year, $32 million contract to play for the Orlando Magic. During the July Moratorium (July 10), the Suns re–signed P.J. Tucker to a three–year contract worth $16.5 million. Ish Smith became a free agent on July 15, 2014 during the deadline for teams to decide on whether they want to make Smith's, Randolph's, and Christmas' non-guaranteed contracts become fully guaranteed this season; Smith signed with the Houston Rockets three days later. Meanwhile, Shavlik Randolph's $1.23 million contract became guaranteed on July 17. A week later, Dionte Christmas was waived from the team. Leandro Barbosa left to sign a one-year veteran's minimum contract with the Golden State Warriors on August 28, 2014. On September 10, 2014, Dionte Christmas joined the New Orleans Pelicans. The only player to have not been signed at all was Emeka Okafor due to his injury problems and was originally planning to fully recover sometime around the 2015–16 NBA season. However, as of September 10, 2017, Okafor would not a find a new team to play for yet.

After trying to woo the likes of LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and even Chris Bosh to sign with the Suns, they ended up pursuing the likes of different free agents that were going under the radar at the time. For starters, a day after the Suns got P.J. Tucker to agree with a new deal for the Suns, the Sacramento Kings' point guard Isaiah Thomas ended up agreeing to a four-year contract worth $27 million. However, to ensure the Suns got Thomas, they agreed to trade last season's second round pick Alex Oriakhi and a traded player exception worth $7 million in order to make sure the Kings didn't match their offer since Thomas was still a restricted free agent at the time. On July 16, 2014, the Suns signed power forward Anthony Tolliver, who had played for the Charlotte Bobcats back when they were named that before they became the new Charlotte Hornets, a two-year contract worth $6 million, with his second year only having $400,000 guaranteed with his contract. After the 2014 FIBA World Championship ended for Goran Dragić's team in Slovenia, the Suns planned on getting his brother Zoran Dragić on a contract buyout from Unicaja Málaga in Spain on September 12, 2014. The planned buyout involves the Suns paying $600,000 for the $1,100,000 required by the team, while Goran helped pay his brother the rest that was required for his buyout. The transaction was completed on September 24, 2014; he signed a two-year contract worth $4,012,500.[5][6] Finally, after months of inactivity and even a trade rumor relating to the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Suns and Eric Bledsoe met over a new contract on September 23, 2014 finally agreeing to a five-year contract worth $70 million a day later.[7] The new contract was the biggest since 2006 with Boris Diaw's 5-year, $45 million deal. Six days later, the Suns extended the contracts of Markieff and Marcus Morris to 4 year contracts worth $32 million and $20 million respectively.

On August 26, 2014, the Suns decided to sign both former Suns player Earl Barron (who last played for the New York Knicks) and the undrafted Casey Prather from the Florida Gators to non-guaranteed contracts for training camp. After that, the Suns signed the undrafted Joe Jackson from the Memphis Tigers under that same sort of deal. The Suns also signed Jamil Wilson of the Marquette Golden Eagles in September as well. However, the Suns waived Wilson, Jackson, and Prather from the team on October 14, 2014, while Barron was waived on October 25, 2014 after battling Shavlik Randolph (and Anthony Tolliver) for the final roster spot; everyone that would be waived after the pre-season would end up playing in the affiliate Bakersfield Jam soon afterwards. Funnily enough, though, Barron would end up signing up with the Suns again on February 20, 2015 well after both Shavlik and Anthony left the team in different trades. This time in his second stint with the Suns, however, they would first give him a 10-day contract to test out how Earl would do this time around. After succeeding in his initial test with limited playing time, the Suns would give him a second 10-day contract on March 3, 2015 before keeping him for the rest of the season on March 13, 2015. Around the time Earl was playing in his second 10-day contract, the Suns would sign Stephen Curry's brother Seth Curry to a 10-day contract on March 10, 2015 after an injury Brandon Knight got against the Golden State Warriors a day earlier. After completing his 10-day contract, Seth would be waived and replaced with back-up point guard A.J. Price on March 20, 2015 instead. When he failed under his 10-day stint as a player, he was waived on March 31, 2015 and replaced by affiliate Bakersfield Jam player (and eventual D-League Impact Player of the Year winner) Jerel McNeal a day later. Finally, after he finished his own 10-day contract, the Suns decided to sign Jerel into the 2015–16 season (so long as he'd meet team options by July 21, 2015, which was after the team's Summer League stint ended) on April 11, 2015.

Trades[edit]

During Christmas Eve, the Suns traded Anthony Tolliver to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for the rights to Tony Mitchell from North Texas University. Mitchell would never play for the Suns, though, and on January 9, 2015, the Suns traded the conditional Minnesota Timberwolves first round draft pick to the Boston Celtics in exchange for power forward/center Brandan Wright hours before their road game against the San Antonio Spurs began. That prompted the Suns to waive their rights to Tony Mitchell before they became guaranteed for the Suns. Nearly a week later, the Suns would take part in another trade with the Celtics, this time being part of a three-way deal with the Los Angeles Clippers. In that deal, the Suns would grab Reggie Bullock from the Clippers while the Celtics would take on Shavlik Randolph's salary (as well as Chris Douglas–Roberts and a future second round pick) in order for Doc Rivers' son Austin Rivers to play for the Clippers and be reunited in the process. Finally, during the trade deadline on February 19, 2015, after announcements of Goran Dragić displaying his major displeasure with the team as it was and wanting to be traded to a specific list of teams (those teams being either the rival Los Angeles Lakers, the New York Knicks with Carmelo Anthony, or the Miami Heat with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh), the Suns engaged in the equivalent of a seven–way trade that involved the likes of the Boston Celtics (once more), as well as the Miami Heat, the Milwaukee Bucks, the New Orleans Pelicans, the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Detroit Pistons (the only team Phoenix did not directly make a move with that day).

In the first trade the Suns did on the trade deadline, the Suns traded away the Dragić brothers in guards Goran and Zoran Dragić to the Miami Heat, while the Suns received veteran former-All-Star small forward Danny Granger and two different first round picks from the Heat (one that was originally protected in 2017 until the Ted Stepien Rule changed it to 2018, with it still remaining protected until 2019 (the latest that Phoenix can receive their first selection as a completely unprotected first round pick instead of having a Top-7 protection at hand) and another that's completely unprotected in 2021), as well as veteran swingman John Salmons from the Pelicans, while New Orleans would receive two-time champion guard Norris Cole, power forward Shawne Williams, center Justin Hamilton, and cash considerations, which would all come from the Heat. With their second trade, the Suns would receive guard Marcus Thornton (who would be on an expiring contract) and a 2016 first round draft pick (that'll be from the eventual NBA Finals champion Cleveland Cavaliers) from the Celtics in exchange for their biggest off-season signing in point guard Isaiah Thomas, with Boston also acquiring power forward Jonas Jerebko and guard Luigi Datome from the Pistons in exchange for the return of champion player Tayshaun Prince. Finally, in what was perceived at the time to be the trade the Suns got the biggest value out of other teams, the Suns would trade away both rookie point guard Tyler Ennis and downgraded center Miles Plumlee to the Milwaukee Bucks and the projected 2015 Los Angeles Lakers' top 5 protected first round draft pick that would ultimately be conveyed by 2018 to the Philadelphia 76ers (in which Philadelphia would give up Rookie of The Year winning guard Michael Carter-Williams to the Bucks as well) in exchange for the likes of point guard Brandon Knight and injured former Suns point guard Kendall Marshall. Phoenix would end up waiving both John Salmons and Kendall Marshall later on that day. Marshall would end up joining the Philadelphia 76ers after this season ended, while Salmons still would not find a team to play with as of September 10, 2017, and is now facing the possibility of retirement.

Roster[edit]

2014–15 Phoenix Suns roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
C 30 Barron, Earl 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1981–08–14 Memphis
PG 2 Bledsoe, Eric (C) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1989–12–09 Kentucky
SG 25 Bullock, Reggie 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1991–03–16 North Carolina
SG 20 Goodwin, Archie 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 198 lb (90 kg) 1994–08–17 Kentucky
SF 22 Granger, Danny 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 222 lb (101 kg) 1983–04–20 New Mexico
SG 14 Green, Gerald 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1986–01–26 Gulf Shores Academy (TX)
PG 3 Knight, Brandon Injured 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 189 lb (86 kg) 1991–12–02 Kentucky
C 21 Len, Alex Injured 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 265 lb (120 kg) 1993–06–16 Maryland
PG 8 McNeal, Jerel 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1986–06–01 Marquette
SF 15 Morris, Marcus 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1989–09–02 Kansas
PF 11 Morris, Markieff 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1989–09–02 Kansas
SG 23 Thornton, Marcus 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1987–06–05 LSU
SF 17 Tucker, P. J. 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 224 lb (102 kg) 1985–05–05 Texas
SF 12 Warren, T. J. (R) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1993–09–05 North Carolina State
PF 32 Wright, Brandan 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1987–10–05 North Carolina
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (DL) On assignment to D-League affiliate
  • Injured Injured

RosterTransactions

Salaries[edit]

Player 2014–15 Salary
Eric Bledsoe $13,000,000
Marcus Thornton $8,697,500
P.J. Tucker $5,700,000
Brandan Wright $5,000,000
Oleksiy "Alex" Len $3,649,920
Brandon Knight $3,553,917
Gerald Green $3,500,000
Markieff Morris $3,153,860
Marcus Morris $3,105,301
Danny Granger $2,100,000
T.J. Warren $1,953,120
Reggie Bullock $1,200,720
Archie Goodwin $1,112,200
Earl Barron $390,063
Jerel McNeal $59,686
TOTAL $56,176,287

Because of a few past transactions made from Lance Blanks' tenure that didn't pan out so well for the Suns, Josh Childress is still owed $7,317,500 due to them amnestying his contract two seasons ago, while under the Michael Beasley buyout the Suns did on September 3, 2013, they now owe Beasley the equivalent of $2,333,333 for the next three seasons as opposed to giving him the guaranteed amount of $3,000,000 he was owed in his original contract. While Josh Childress' salary does not affect the Suns' overall salary cap to their season this year (and is the last time Phoenix would owe money to him, especially considering Childress went to the Sydney Kings in Australia this season), Michael Beasley's contract still affect the Suns' salary despite Beasley going to the Shanghai Sharks in China this season as well before returning to the Miami Heat later on in the season, but only for a few thousand dollars (around $777,778) instead of a few million. In addition, the Suns also bought out the short, small contracts of North Texas University power forward Tony Mitchell, former Suns point guard Kendall Marshall, and John Salmons after finishing their respective deals with the Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks, and New Orleans Pelicans.[8]

Pre-Season[edit]

2014 pre-season game log
Total: 5–2 (Home: 3–0; Road: 2–2)
2014–15 season schedule

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
z-Golden State Warriors 67 15 .817 0.0 39–2 28–13 13–3 82
x-Los Angeles Clippers 56 26 .683 11.0 30–11 26–15 12–4 82
Phoenix Suns 39 43 .476 28.0 22–19 17–24 6–10 82
Sacramento Kings 29 53 .354 38.0 18–23 11–30 7–9 82
Los Angeles Lakers 21 61 .256 46.0 12–29 9–32 2–14 82


Western Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 z-Golden State Warriors * 67 15 .817 82
2 y-Houston Rockets * 56 26 .683 11.0 82
3 x-Los Angeles Clippers 56 26 .683 11.0 82
4 y-Portland Trail Blazers * 51 31 .622 16.0 82
5 x-Memphis Grizzlies 55 27 .671 12.0 82
6 x-San Antonio Spurs 55 27 .671 12.0 82
7 x-Dallas Mavericks 50 32 .610 17.0 82
8 x-New Orleans Pelicans 45 37 .549 22.0 82
9 Oklahoma City Thunder 45 37 .549 22.0 82
10 Phoenix Suns 39 43 .476 28.0 82
11 Utah Jazz 38 44 .463 29.0 82
12 Denver Nuggets 30 52 .366 37.0 82
13 Sacramento Kings 29 53 .354 38.0 82
14 Los Angeles Lakers 21 61 .256 46.0 82
15 Minnesota Timberwolves 16 66 .195 51.0 82

Game log[edit]

2014–15 game log
Total: 39–43 (Home: 22–19; Road: 17–24)
2014–15 season schedule

Player statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game
Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Earl Barron 16 1 8.9 .308 .500 .500 1.8 0.3 .3 .1 2.0
Eric Bledsoe 81 81 34.6 .447 .324 .800 5.2 6.1 1.6 .6 17.0
Reggie Bullock* 11 0 6.8 .063 .000 .500 0.9 0.2 .1 .2 0.4
Seth Curry 2 0 4.0 .000 .000 . 1.0 0.5 .0 .0 0.0
Goran Dragić* 52 52 33.4 .501 .355 .746 3.6 4.1 1.0 .2 16.2
Zoran Dragić* 6 0 2.2 .250 .000 .667 0.5 0.2 .0 .0 1.0
Tyler Ennis* 8 0 7.3 .429 .333 1.000 0.9 1.8 .0 .3 2.8
Archie Goodwin 41 2 13.0 .393 .293 .735 1.8 1.1 .4 .2 5.6
Gerald Green 74 4 19.5 .416 .354 .825 2.5 1.2 .6 .2 11.9
Brandon Knight* 11 9 31.5 .357 .313 .828 2.1 4.5 .5 .1 13.4
Alex Len 69 44 22.0 .507 .333 .702 6.6 0.5 .5 1.5 6.3
Jerel McNeal 6 0 6.0 .273 .500 1.000 0.5 0.3 .5 .2 1.5
Marcus Morris 81 35 25.2 .434 .358 .628 4.8 1.6 .8 .2 10.4
Markieff Morris 82 82 31.5 .465 .318 .763 6.2 2.3 1.2 .5 15.3
Miles Plumlee* 54 28 18.6 .549 . .500 5.1 0.5 .6 1.0 4.3
A.J. Price* 5 0 8.8 .214 .000 . 0.6 1.2 .0 .0 1.2
Shavlik Randolph* 16 0 6.3 .240 .000 .500 1.6 0.2 .3 .1 1.1
Isaiah Thomas* 46 1 25.7 .426 .391 .872 2.4 3.7 1.0 .1 15.2
Marcus Thornton* 9 0 9.0 .325 .105 .800 1.4 0.2 .7 .0 3.6
Anthony Tolliver* 24 0 11.3 .351 .387 .667 1.8 0.4 .2 .0 3.3
P.J. Tucker 78 63 30.6 .438 .345 .727 6.4 1.6 1.4 .3 9.1
T.J. Warren 40 1 15.4 .528 .238 .737 2.1 0.6 .5 .2 6.1
Brandan Wright* 40 7 21.5 .580 .000 .667 4.9 0.6 .8 1.2 7.0

* – Stats with the Suns.

Injuries/Personal games missed[edit]

Player Duration Reason for Missed Time Games Missed
Start End
Tucker, P.J.P.J. Tucker August 12, 2014 November 4, 2014 Suspension without $155,455 in pay for super-extreme DUI 3
Warren, T.J.T.J. Warren October 21, 2014 November 9, 2014 Injured left thumb by being caught in a Lakers jersey 6
Ennis, TylerTyler Ennis November 13, 2014 November 17, 2014 Assigned to the Bakersfield Jam by the Suns 2
Warren, T.J.T.J. Warren November 13, 2014 November 17, 2014 Assigned to the Bakersfield Jam by the Suns 2
Tucker, P.J.P.J. Tucker November 17, 2014 November 19, 2014 Missed team bus for flight from Los Angeles to Boston 1
Thomas, IsaiahIsaiah Thomas November 25, 2014 December 12, 2014 Twisted ankle against Toronto at 4th quarter 8
Dragić, GoranGoran Dragić December 14, 2014 December 18, 2014 Had a strained lower back problem 2
Goodwin, ArchieArchie Goodwin December 25, 2014 December 31, 2014 Assigned to the Bakersfield Jam by the Suns 3
Ennis, TylerTyler Ennis December 25, 2014 December 31, 2014 Assigned to the Bakersfield Jam by the Suns 3
Warren, T.J.T.J. Warren December 25, 2014 December 31, 2014 Assigned to the Bakersfield Jam by the Suns 3
Wright, BrandanBrandan Wright January 9, 2015 January 11, 2015 Wasn't ready to play for the Suns yet due to recent trade 1
Goodwin, ArchieArchie Goodwin January 14, 2015 January 21, 2015 Assigned to the Bakersfield Jam by the Suns 2
Bullock, ReggieReggie Bullock January 15, 2015 January 21, 2015 Wasn't ready to play for the Suns yet due to recent trade 2
Ennis, TylerTyler Ennis January 22, 2015 January 28, 2015 Assigned to the Bakersfield Jam by the Suns 2
Warren, T.J.T.J. Warren January 22, 2015 January 28, 2015 Assigned to the Bakersfield Jam by the Suns 2
Wright, BrandanBrandan Wright January 25, 2015 January 28, 2015 Had a sore left heel bone 1
Goodwin, ArchieArchie Goodwin January 29, 2015 February 2, 2015 Assigned to the Bakersfield Jam by the Suns 2
Bullock, ReggieReggie Bullock January 29, 2015 February 2, 2015 Assigned to the Bakersfield Jam by the Suns 2
Green, GeraldGerald Green January 30, 2015 January 31, 2015 Rest a tired leg 1
Ennis, TylerTyler Ennis February 4, 2015 February 8, 2015 Assigned to the Bakersfield Jam by the Suns 2
Warren, T.J.T.J. Warren February 4, 2015 February 8, 2015 Assigned to the Bakersfield Jam by the Suns 2
Len, Oleksiy "Alex"Oleksiy "Alex" Len February 5, 2015 February 20, 2015 Injured right ankle during third quarter against Portland 3
Goodwin, ArchieArchie Goodwin February 8, 2015 February 11, 2015 Assigned to the Bakersfield Jam by the Suns 2
Bullock, ReggieReggie Bullock February 8, 2015 February 11, 2015 Assigned to the Bakersfield Jam by the Suns 2
Bledsoe, EricEric Bledsoe February 8, 2015 February 10, 2015 Traveled to Alabama for the birth of his son Ethan 1
Knight, BrandonBrandon Knight February 20, 2015 February 21, 2015 Wasn't ready to play for the Suns yet due to recent trade 1
Thornton, MarcusMarcus Thornton February 20, 2015 February 23, 2015 Wasn't ready to play for the Suns yet due to recent trade 2
Barron, EarlEarl Barron February 21, 2015 February 23, 2015 Wasn't ready to play for the Suns yet due to recent signing 1
Len, Oleksiy "Alex"Oleksiy "Alex" Len March 7, 2015 March 9, 2015 Injured right ankle during third quarter against Brooklyn 1
Knight, BrandonBrandon Knight March 11, 2015 March 29, 2015 Injured left ankle during second quarter against Golden State 8
Len, Oleksiy "Alex"Oleksiy "Alex" Len March 15, 2015 March 21, 2015 Injured right ankle during fourth quarter against Atlanta 2
Thornton, MarcusMarcus Thornton March 19, 2015 April 7, 2015 Injured right big toe during practice 9
Knight, BrandonBrandon Knight March 30, 2015 October 28, 2015 Left ankle continued to bother him 8
Len, Oleksiy "Alex"Oleksiy "Alex" Len April 2, 2015 October 28, 2015 Broken nose during road game against Portland 7
Thornton, MarcusMarcus Thornton April 10, 2015 April 14, 2015 Hurt left ankle during practice 3
Wright, BrandanBrandan Wright April 12, 2015 April 14, 2015 Had a left ankle sprain after the last game against New Orleans 2
Bullock, ReggieReggie Bullock April 12, 2015 April 14, 2015 Had a concussion after the last game against New Orleans 2
Morris, MarcusMarcus Morris April 14, 2015 April 14, 2015 Had a stomach virus before the last game of the season 1

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

Week/Month[edit]

All-Star[edit]

  • Isaiah Thomas would be announced as one of eight different participants to compete in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge during All-Star Weekend. His first opponent in the revamped competition would be John Wall of the Washington Wizards. He'd end up being the shortest player to ever participate in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge. Thomas would end up losing to the eventual champion Patrick Beverley (who replaced his initial first round opponent John Wall) in the first round.
    • Eventual Suns player Brandon Knight would also lose to Beverley in the competition, only as the final opponent in the championship round.

Records[edit]

  • When the Suns traded Shavlik Randolph to the Boston Celtics and got Reggie Bullock from the Los Angeles Clippers, the Suns had some time where they were the only team in the league to not have any players go over the age of 30. The Suns would end up continuing with that line-up for around a month before this season's trade deadline gave the roster the 31-year-old Danny Granger in a multi-team trade and later on signed the 33-year-old Earl Barron from the affiliate Bakersfield Jam (which would be the first time the Suns would call someone that initially came from the Jam D-League team to the Suns) to two 10 day contracts before signing back on for the rest of the season.
  • On the Suns' 117-113 overtime victory over Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder, Eric Bledsoe would record 28 points on 11/16 shooting, 13 rebounds, 9 assists, 4 blocks, and 1 steal. Eric would become the 9th player in NBA history to record similar kinds of statistics during the regular season, as well as the first point guard to record 50% shooting for 28 or more points while grabbing 13 or more rebounds, getting 9 or more assists, 4 or more blocks, and at least one steal in a game.[9]
  • The Suns became the first (and so far, only) team in the history of the NBA to host a +43 and a -43 point differential in-between games this season, with them getting a -43 from their 117–113 overtime victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder to their brutal 101–74 loss to the defending champion San Antonio Spurs late in February, and then getting a +43 from going off of a close 74–72 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans at home to having a blowout 117–102 victory over the Houston Rockets on the road in March.

Team records[edit]

  • The Suns broke their season-opening record of three-point shots made in their opening game with 16 made three-pointers in their 119-99 victory against the Los Angeles Lakers on October 29, 2014. (Their previous record was 13 on Halloween day in 2006, which coincidentally was also against the Lakers.)[10]
  • Isaiah Thomas' 23 points he scored on October 29 against the Lakers is the highest amount of points a Suns player would score off the bench under their debut appearance with the team.[11]
  • Isaiah Thomas' 200 points in 13 games would be the most scored by a bench player since Tom Chambers during the 1992–93 season.
  • The two blowout road victories against the Philadelphia 76ers and Indiana Pacers on November 21 & 22, 2014 was the first time the Suns won back-to-back games on the road by 20 or more points since 2004.
  • Gerald Green's 24 games where he'd make at least one three-pointer (starting with that November 21, 2014 victory against the Philadelphia 76ers and ending on their January 6, 2015 victory against the Milwaukee Bucks) would tie the Suns' highest mark with his former teammate Channing Frye getting at least one three-pointer going in for 24 straight games in the 2010–11 NBA season.
  • Starting on January 13, 2015 against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Suns begin an 8-game homestand that's also the longest homestand in franchise history. With their victory over the Washington Wizards on January 28, the Suns would be guaranteed to end their homestand with a winning record; they would end their homestand with a 6-2 record.
  • With the Suns getting Seth Curry on March 11, 2015, they have officially had over 10% of their all-time roster representing relatives (fathers, sons, brothers, cousins, nephews, etc.) that had also played in either the NBA and/or the ABA at one point.[12]
  • The 24 points the Suns scored in the first half of their 101-74 loss to the defending champion San Antonio Spurs on February 28, 2015 would be the franchise's lowest scoring half ever. That record would be broken a year later on January 3, 2016 against the Los Angeles Lakers with 22 points scored in the first half.
  • The Suns' 74–72 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on March 19, 2015 tied the lowest amount of points scored by the Suns in a victory (tying the record set on January 30, 1998 against the Miami Heat on the road with a 74–71 victory there), as well as set the lowest amount of points scored in a victory for the team at a home game.
  • With the Suns having 23 different players getting playing time with the team at one point or another in the season, it tied the 1996–97 Phoenix Suns season for most amount of players to play at least one game with the Suns in a single season. That mark would then be matched once again next season, although for different reasons.

Milestones[edit]

  • With the Suns signing Zoran Dragić alongside his brother Goran Dragić, as well as extending both Markieff Morris and his twin brother Marcus Morris on September 29, 2014, this team would mark the first time ever that different pairs of siblings/brothers would play for the same team. All four players appeared for the first time in the same game under a November loss against the Los Angeles Clippers. Both pairs of brothers later made their first (and only) appearances together at the same time late in the fourth quarter and would each produce numbers throughout the game in their January 2, 2015 112-96 victory against the Philadelphia 76ers.
  • When the Suns traded Shavlik Randolph for Reggie Bullock on January 15, 2015, the Suns made sure they had no players that were over the age of 30 on their roster. This marks one of the few, if only times where an NBA team had no one over the age of 30 signed onto their roster. It continued to be the case until the February 19, 2015 when the Suns got Danny Granger in a trade with the Miami Heat and later on got Earl Barron from the affiliate Bakersfield Jam (back) on the team in the process.

Team milestones[edit]

  • Goran Dragić would surpass forward Cedric Ceballos as the Suns' 28th best scorer of all time on the team near the start of the third quarter of the October 29, 2014 game against the Los Angeles Lakers. Goran would score 18 points as the Suns would blowout the Lakers by the final score of 119–99.
  • Goran would end up surpassing center James Edwards to become the Suns' 27th best all-time scorer near the start of the third quarter by making two free throws in the Halloween game against the defending champion San Antonio Spurs. Goran would score 10 points as the Suns would keep it close and would win by the score of 94–89.
  • Goran would surpass former Sixth Man of the Year small forward and current Suns broadcaster Eddie Johnson to become the Suns' 26th best all-time scorer near the end of the fourth quarter by scoring a critical layup during the last minute of the game. He would score 22 points throughout the November 17, 2014 game against the Boston Celtics as the Suns would win a close one by the score of 118-114.
  • Goran Dragić would surpass Hall of Fame guard Dennis Johnson to become the Suns' 25th best all-time scorer with 7.6 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter by scoring a quick layup to end the 120-112 victory on the November 26, 2014 home game against the Denver Nuggets.
  • The Suns' 10-6 start would be their best start to the season since the 2009–10 NBA season.
  • Goran would surpass point guard Kyle Macy early in the second quarter with a two-point shot as the Suns' 24th best all-time scorer on December 2, 2014 against the Indiana Pacers. He would then surpass point guard Stephon Marbury with less than a minute left in the second quarter with a different two-point shot to become the Suns' 23rd best all-time scorer as he would score 22 points in the first half and a then-season high 34 points in a blowout 117-99 victory over Indiana at the US Airways Center.
  • Eric Bledsoe's first ever triple-double against his former team, the Los Angeles Clippers, in overtime on December 8, 2014 would be the first time a Suns player would record a triple-double since Boris Diaw back in April 14, 2006 against the Golden State Warriors.
  • Eric's second triple-double of his career on December 23, 2014 against the Dallas Mavericks was also the first time a Suns player had multiple triple-doubles in a season since Boris Diaw when he had four different triple-doubles in the 2005–06 NBA season.
  • Goran Dragić would tie his former teammate in shooting guard Grant Hill with a two-point shot near the middle of the second quarter and then surpass him with a running lay-up in the middle of the second quarter to become the Suns' 22nd best all-time scorer on December 26, 2014 against the Sacramento Kings. He would record 16 points as the Suns would beat the short-handed Kings 115-106.
  • Goran would tie point guard and former basketball coach Clem Haskins to become the Suns' 21st best all-time scorer near the end of the fourth quarter by making two free-throws to help the Suns increase their lead over the Los Angeles Lakers. Goran would score 24 points as the Suns would decimate the Lakers 116-107 out at the Staples Center on December 28, 2014. He'd then surpass that total on December 30, 2014 with 8 minutes left in the first quarter against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center in a close loss to them.
  • Goran would surpass future Hall of Famer point guard and current Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd to become the Suns' 20th best all-time scorer near the beginning of the third quarter with a fast break layup after a winning jumpball in the Thunder's side of the field on New Year's Eve. He'd record 21 points in a close overtime loss against the Thunder.
  • When Eric Bledsoe had over 1,200 points, 400 rebounds, and 400 assists throughout this season, it made Eric the fifth Suns player to record such totals in a single season, with Jason Kidd (back in the 2000–01 NBA season), Jeff Hornacek (back in the 1991–92 NBA season), Alvan Adams (in his rookie season), and Gail Goodrich (back in the team's inaugural season) being the first to do so earlier.

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

July 11, 2014
To Phoenix Suns

United States Isaiah Thomas (sign and trade)

To Sacramento Kings
United States Alex Oriakhi
$7 Million Traded Player Exception
December 24, 2014
To Phoenix Suns

United States Tony Mitchell

To Detroit Pistons

United States Anthony Tolliver

January 9, 2015
To Phoenix Suns

United States Brandan Wright

To Boston Celtics
2016 second round pick (from Minnesota)I[›]
2017 second round pick (from Minnesota)I[›]
Trade Exception
January 15, 2015 Three–team trade
To Los Angeles Clippers

United States Austin Rivers (from Boston)

To Boston Celtics
United States Shavlik Randolph (from Phoenix)
United States Chris Douglas–Roberts (from L.A. Clippers)
2017 second round pick (from L.A. Clippers)
$2.4 Million Traded Player Exception (from L.A. Clippers)
To Phoenix Suns

United States Reggie Bullock (from L.A. Clippers)

February 19, 2015
Seven–team trade
To Phoenix Suns
United States Brandon Knight (from Milwaukee)
United States Marcus Thornton (from Boston)
United States Danny Granger (from Miami)
United States John Salmons (from New Orleans)
United States Kendall Marshall (from Milwaukee)
2016 first round pick (from Cleveland via Boston)
2018 Top 7 protected first round pick (from Miami)II[›]
2021 first round pick (from Miami)
$5.5 Million Traded Player Exception (from Miami)
To Miami Heat
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia/Slovenia Goran Dragić (from Phoenix)
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia/Slovenia Zoran Dragić (from Phoenix)
To Milwaukee Bucks
Canada Tyler Ennis (from Phoenix)
United States Miles Plumlee (from Phoenix)
United States Michael Carter–Williams (from Philadelphia)
To Boston Celtics
United States Isaiah Thomas (from Phoenix)
Sweden Jonas Jerebko (from Detroit)
Italy Luigi Datome (from Detroit)
To Philadelphia 76ers
2018 first round pick (from L.A. Lakers via Phoenix)III[›]
To Detroit Pistons
United States Tayshaun Prince (from Boston)
To New Orleans Pelicans
United States Norris Cole (from Miami)
United States Shawne Williams (from Miami)
United States/Croatia Justin Hamilton (from Miami)
Cash Considerations (from Miami)

^ I: The Minnesota Timberwolves were initially going to send their own first round pick (top–12 protected from 2015–2016) to Boston moving forward. However, because Minnesota could not go over their threshold they set themselves up for the Celtics by 2016 (even with two #1 draft picks at their disposal and them both being Rookie of the Year winners), the Timberwolves would end up conveying their 2016 & 2017 second round draft picks to Boston instead.[13]
^ II: Even though the Suns initially had the Miami Heat's 2017 (top–7 protected) pick as consideration for what transpired in the trade with the Dragić brothers, Philadelphia would wind up having the Heat's 2016 first round pick due to an earlier trade the Heat made with the 76ers during their brief Big Trio era. As a result of the Ted Stepien Rule, the Suns are forbidden from having the Heat's 2017 protected first round pick if it falls outside of protection due to the fact that the Heat would be trading two first round draft picks of their own accord in a row to different teams. Because of this fact, Phoenix will have to wait until either 2018 or 2019 (when protections are officially removed) before having a chance at getting Miami's first of their two first round selections in exchange.
^ III: The Los Angeles Lakers initially would send their 2015 first round selection through an earlier trade involving the (at the time) soon-to-be-retired Steve Nash. However, their selection found itself in the Top 5 that year and their 2016 & 2017 selections went into the Top 3 as the second pick in each draft, so the Lakers will send their own first round pick to Philadelphia completely unprotected in 2018 instead

Free agents[edit]

Additions[edit]

Player Signed Former team
P.J. Tucker Signed 3-year deal worth $16.5 Million Phoenix Suns
Isaiah Thomas Signed 4-year deal worth $27 Million Sacramento Kings
Anthony Tolliver Signed 2-year deal worth $6 Million Charlotte Bobcats / Hornetsa[›]
Ronald Shavlik Randolph Signed 1-year deal worth $1.23 Million Phoenix Suns
Eric Bledsoe Signed 5-year deal worth $70 Million Phoenix Suns
Zoran Dragić Signed 2-year deal worth $4 Million Spain Club Baloncesto Unicaja Málaga, S.A.D.
Markieff Morris Signed 4-year extension worth $32 Millionb[›] Phoenix Suns
Marcus Morris Signed 4-year extension worth $20 Millionb[›] Phoenix Suns
Earl Barron Signed two 10-day contracts / 1-year deal worth $390,063 New York Knicks / Phoenix Suns / China Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons / Bakersfield Jamc[›]
Seth Curry Signed a 10-day contract worth $48,028 Orlando Magic / Erie BayHawksd[›]
A.J. Price Signed a 10-day contract worth $62,552 Cleveland Cavaliers / Indiana Pacerse[›]
Jerel McNeal Signed a 10-day contract / 2-year deal worth $904,745f[›] Bakersfield Jam

^ a: When Anthony Tolliver first signed up to play for Charlotte, the professional basketball team was known as the Charlotte Bobcats at the time. However, word also quickly spread that after the 2013–14 NBA season (which was also the Bobcats' 10th official season in the NBA), the Bobcats would be renamed to the Charlotte Hornets in order to continue the original team name's legacy that was there from the 1988–89 NBA season to the 2001–02 NBA season before they moved to New Orleans and eventually became the New Orleans Pelicans of today. Even though Tolliver would be on the team when they renamed the Bobcats to the Hornets, he'd never really play for the Hornets and would instead only play under the old Bobcats moniker.
^ b: Both Markieff and Marcus Morris noted that they would be willing to take discounts on their contracts in order to stay with each other in the future. On September 29, the Morris Twins would split the total value among each other in order to sign contracts that allowed themselves to stay in Phoenix together for the long term.
^ c: The last NBA team Earl Barron played for before first trying his hand out with the Suns during pre-season was the New York Knicks late into the 2012–13 NBA season before deciding not to play at all last season for unknown reasons. While Earl did battle hard to steal a spot from either Shavlik Randolph or Anthony Tolliver during his first visit in the season, he ultimately did not make the initial roster. However, he did initially go to the Suns' D-League affiliate in the Bakersfield Jam as an affiliate player after impressing the Suns during the pre-season. Earl would continue playing with the Jam until January 27, 2015 when he was bought out of his contract to play with the Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons in China for the rest of their season. Unfortunately for Earl, Shanxi ended their season before he even got a chance to play with that team, so he ended up going back to Bakersfield on February 18, 2015. He would end up playing one more game with the Jam before signing his (first) 10 day contract with the Suns on February and later on sign for the rest of the season on March.
^ d: The last NBA team Seth Curry had technically played for before signing a deal with the Suns was the Orlando Magic during the pre-season this season. However, after not making it to their roster officially, Seth had played the rest of the season up until March 11, 2015 with the Magic's D-League affiliate, the Erie BayHawks instead. The last official NBA team Seth played for was the Cleveland Cavaliers, but he would also spend time with the Santa Cruz Warriors before the end of the 2013–14 NBA season instead. He also played for the Suns during this season's Summer League squad in Las Vegas.
^ e: A.J. Price had initially started the season playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers around the pre-season, but like Seth Curry with the Orlando Magic, he was waived before the beginning of the season. Price would then play for an injury-depleted Indiana Pacers team that was at the time without Paul George and some of their other star players on November 6, 2014 before being waived near the end of the month before returning to Cleveland on November 30, 2014 and remained on their roster until January 7, 2015.
^ f: The Suns decided to initially sign guard Jerel McNeal to a 10-day contract worth $29,843 on April Fool's Day in 2015 after waiving A.J. Price off of his own 10-day contract. After making his professional debut in the league during that time, the Suns decided to sign him for the rest of the season and potentially go into the 2015–16 season on April 11, 2015. For the remainder of this season, Jerel would gain an addition $29,843 (thus giving him a total amount of $59,686 for his time with the Suns this season), while he would have maintained an additional $845,059 for the next season in his contract if he remained on the team before July 21, 2015.

Subtractions[edit]

Player Reason left New team
Bogdan Bogdanović Signed a new contract Turkey Fenerbahçe Ülkerg[›]
Channing Frye Unrestricted free agent Orlando Magic
Alex Oriakhi Traded under a restricted free agent sign-and-trade Sacramento Kings / Lithuania Pieno Žvaigždėsh[›]
Ishmael "Ish" Smith Waived / Free Agent Houston Rockets / Oklahoma City Thunder / New Orleans Pelicans / Philadelphia 76ersi[›]
Dionte Christmas Waived / Free Agent New Orleans Pelicans / France Paris-Levallois Basketi[›]
Leandro Barbosa Unrestricted free agent Golden State Warriors
Alec Brown Signed a new contract Spain Obradoiro Clube de Amigos do Baloncesto / Bakersfield Jamg[›]
Chukwuemeka "Emeka" Okafor Free Agent / Waived Unknownj[›]
Anthony Tolliver Traded Detroit Pistons
Tony Mitchell Waived Puerto Rico Atléticos de San Germánk[›]
Ronald Shavlik Randolph
Isaiah Thomas
Tradedl[›] Boston Celticsm[›]
Goran Dragić
Zoran Dragić
Traded Miami Heatn[›]
Miles Plumlee
Tyler Ennis
Traded Milwaukee Bucks
Kendall Marshall Waived Philadelphia 76erso[›]
John Salmons Waived N/A (Retired)o[›]
Seth Curry 10 Day Contract Expired Erie BayHawks
A.J. Price 10 Day Contract Expired China Shanghai Dongfang Sharksp[›]

^ g: Even though both Bogdan Bogdanović and Alec Brown initially had contracts to play in European teams for multiple seasons, both players still have their rights retained by the Suns. On July 6, 2014, Bogdan Bogdanović signed a contract that would allow him to stay with the Fenerbahçe Ülker in Turkey for at least two seasons guaranteed. Alec Brown, however, had signed a contract to play for the Obradoiro Clube de Amigos do Baloncesto in Spain for at least one season guaranteed, but he'd never play for the team during this season due to an earlier injury he received during the Summer League and had instead decided to sign with the Suns' D-League affiliate team, the Bakersfield Jam, for the rest of the season starting on February 11, 2015. Brown would, however, decide to have a second chance to play for the Obradoiro Clube de Amigos do Baloncesto a year later on July 31, 2015.
^ h: Despite the fact that Alex Oriakhi never played for the Suns, he still had his draft rights retained to the point where he even would have played for the Suns' Summer League team this season had he not been traded a day before the Las Vegas Summer League competition began. However, because the Kings had no room to offer him a spot on the team, Oriakhi would then sign a one-year contract to play with the Pieno Žvaigždės in Lithuania.
^ i: Both Ishmael "Ish" Smith and Dionte Christmas would be waived from the Houston Rockets and the New Orleans Pelicans' rosters respectively before the regular season began. Dionte would end up signing with Paris-Levallois Basket in France on November 12, 2014, while Ishmeal would end up signing up with the Oklahoma City Thunder on November 8, 2014 thanks to their roster being depleted with many injuries around that time (especially with both star players Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook) before being traded to the New Orleans Pelicans and waived on February 19, 2015 and signing with the Philadelphia 76ers three days later after they waived Malcolm Thomas from their roster.
^ j: Despite the fact that Chukwuemeka "Emeka" Okafor never played a game for the Suns last season, as well as not play at all since early 2013 back with the Washington Wizards, he'd continue to rehabilitate his body throughout the rest of this season and not play in the process. Okafor has still not found a new team to play for as of September 10, 2017, although he has been deemed medically clear to play again as of May 30 that same year.
^ k: Even though Tony Mitchell would be traded to the Suns on Christmas Eve in exchange for Anthony Tolliver leaving for the Detroit Pistons, Mitchell would never play a single NBA game with the team. He would be waived on January 9, 2015 after the Suns traded their conditional first round draft pick they received from the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2012 from the three-way trade with Minnesota (which eventually turned into two second round draft picks for 2016 and 2017) and the then-New Orleans Hornets to the Boston Celtics for power forward/center Brandan Wright. Mitchell would end up signing with the Atléticos de San Germán in Puerto Rico for the rest of the 2014–15 season.
^ l: While both Shavlik Randolph and Isaiah Thomas were traded to the Celtics, they got traded due to separate purposes. Shavlik would be traded as a part of a three-way deal involving the Los Angeles Clippers for the purpose of getting the Clippers' Reggie Bullock, while Isaiah would be traded under a seven-way deal involving the Milwaukee Bucks, Miami Heat, New Orleans Pelicans, Philadelphia 76ers, and Detroit Pistons that also involved trading the Dragić brothers, Miles Plumlee, rookie guard Tyler Ennis, and the Los Angeles Lakers' Top-5 protected draft pick this year (Top-3 protected the next two years later) in exchange for Brandon Knight, Marcus Thornton, Danny Granger, Kendall Marshall, John Salmons, the 2016 first round pick Boston got from the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier (which would be Skal Labissière), and two future first-round draft picks from the Miami Heat (one of which would be completely unprotected).
^ m: Initially, both Randolph and Thomas stayed with the team throughout most of the season after their respective trades came up. However, Shavlik Randolph would be waived from the team on April 6, 2015 after Boston found out they had a chance of making it to the playoffs after all the trials and tribulations they went through this season. Randolph would end up signing with the Denver Nuggets two days later, but he would never play a single game with them after his initial signing there as he would be waived on April 9, 2015, one day after he would sign that contract of his to play for Denver.
^ n: While both of the Dragić brothers would play out the rest of the season with the Miami Heat, Zoran would wind up playing some of his games with the Heat's D-League affiliate team, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, instead of with his older brother, Goran, at Miami.
^ o: Even though both Kendall Marshall and John Salmons were traded (back) to the Suns on the February 19, 2015 trade deadline alongside Kendall's former Bucks teammate Brandon Knight, Marcus Thornton from the Boston Celtics, and Danny Granger from the Miami Heat (and three future first round draft picks), Marshall would never suit up under his second chance with the Suns in his career (as would Salmons), as they would be waived from the team on the same day, thanks (in part) due to Marshall's ACL injury he sustained from the Bucks earlier in his career. Kendall Marshall would end up signing a multi-year deal for the Philadelphia 76ers on September 13, 2015, while John Salmons has not found any new teams to play under as of September 10, 2017, with the idea of potentially retiring before finding a new team to play under still remaining fresh on people's minds.
^ p: After being waived from the Suns once completing his 10 day contract with the team, A.J. Price would not find a new team to play under until September 11, 2015, in which he would sign a one-year deal to play for the Shanghai Dongfang Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association.

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