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Report: Suns “close” to signing Sebastian Telfair

Dec 8, 2011, 11:39 AM EDT

Sebastian Telfair

The Suns dealt for Aaron Brooks at last season’s trade deadline, in hopes that he might be a long-term solution at point guard for the team — both as a backup to Steve Nash, and possibly as his someday-replacement.

Brooks was to be a restricted free agent this season, and while it’s unclear whether or not the team would have chosen to match any decent offers for him, they didn’t have the chance to find out once Brooks signed in China a week before the NBA’s lockout was halted.

So, with Brooks out of the picture for the majority of this season, the Suns are in need of (at minimum) a backup point point guard. And they appear close to signing one, reports Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic, as Sebastian Telfair may become a member of the team as soon as Friday.

Telfair is an affordable player for a Suns team not looking to spend significantly on a temporary solution for a backup position. He didn’t play a ton last season in Minnesota, averaging just over 19 minutes per game, and appearing in only 37 of them. And while his points and assists numbers of 7.2 and 3 per game don’t immediately inspire, the opportunity for his level of production to increase will certainly be there in Phoenix.

This is especially true when you consider both the team’s chosen style of play, as well as the availability of additional minutes thanks to the league’s compressed schedule, which will likely require more time on the bench than usual for Steve Nash.

  1. sunsation3413 - Dec 8, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Wow..Sebastian Telfair. That will put people in the seats Mr. Sarver.

  2. farminfool - Dec 8, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    The suns were stop dumb to trade away Goran Dragic .. They got zero in return and are now scraping the bottom of the free agent barrel to get a Steve Nash replacement.. Suns management have royally screwed this team up … Do Nash a favor and trade him to a contender

    • farminfool - Dec 8, 2011 at 2:22 PM

      *so dumb

  3. atlbrave32 - Dec 9, 2011 at 12:17 AM

    As a life long Suns fan (born and raised in the valley) i’m very disappointed in the Suns decision making over the last few years from TOP to BOTTOM. From bringing in out of shape Shaq, to running D’Antoni out of town for Terry Porter…REALLY? Steve Kerr’s pit stop as GM…drafting Rondo a few years ago and watching him win a ring with the Celtics….losing the Matrix Shaun Marion for NOTHING in return to show for it…letting go of Dragic who looked to be improving…no re-signing fan favorite Lou Amundson..to signing Aaron Brooks and now losing him to CHINA!! it just goes on and on. I didn’t even mention bringing over 50 year old Vince Cater with no knees…Josh Childress and his Fro to just sit on the bench…Hakim Warrick who hates any kind of contact at 6’9″!! I’m sorry I’m just a fan venting but come on Suns. I hope you read this and get back to your winning ways. Draft players you keep, obtain free agents that can actually still play…re-sign ALL of your All-Stars..let the coach COACH. and most importantly stop trying to the Ross/Marshalls low discount franchise in the league. Sarver you either spend money to play ball and compete or just go back to sitting in the front row and being a fan!! Stop bringing the city down by being cheap and making bad hirings. All that tradition down the tubes!!

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