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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Suns like Jimmer, may take big man


Phoenix — The Phoenix Suns are part of the Jimmer Fredette buzz if the dynamic BYU scorer extraordinaire is available at the No. 13 pick in Thursday's NBA draft. Perhaps a more likely scenario has the Suns going for a power forward to bulk up a weak front line.

The Suns, coming off a disappointing season in which they failed to make the playoffs, haven't had a selection this high since 2004, when they took Luol Deng at No. 7 but immediately traded him to Chicago in a deal that had been arranged prior to the draft.

General manager Lance Blanks had effusive praise for Fredette at a pre-draft gathering with reporters on Tuesday, and said he had no idea if the gifted guard would still be available when the Suns made their choice.

A power forward, say Markieff Morris of Kansas or Tristan Thompson of Texas, is a safer bet for what — unless the team makes a trade — is Phoenix's only pick of the draft.

"We need to add a few things," Blanks said. "One, I would say we need to be a little bulkier and have a little more rim protection, a little tougher inside. It would be nice to have what I call a finisher or some wing scoring. And we've got to figure out the backup point guard situation."

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