The Suns held a private workout of point guards Monday, not only because they are looking to sure up their backup slot in that role, but also because they’re in need of filling their league-mandatory 13th roster slot.
The players that were brought in for an individual workout were former Magic playmaker and the 1998-99 NBA’s Most Improved Player Award Darrell Armstrong, former 1995-96 Rookie of the Year Damon Stoudamire, former Timberwolves guard Troy Hudson, former Paces guard Eddie Gill, former Wizards backup Dee Brown and the Fort Worth Flyers’ Walker Russell Jr.
Suns Head Coach Terry Porter visited with President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Steve Kerr and Senior Vice President of Basketball Operations David Griffin to talk about the candidates. Porter stressed the need for a backup point that was capable of stopping opposing players on the defensive end.
Armstrong (40), Stoudamire (35), Hudson (32) and Gill (30) are all veterans, whereas Brown (24) is only entering his third season. Russell Jr. (26) is the only player without NBA experience, but he’s leading the NBA Development League in assists.
“All of the guys look like they are in great shape, they competed hard and each one brings a little something different in terms of skill,” Kerr said. “We just have to make a decision on who is best-fitted for that role.”
The league requires that a team must carry a roster that possesses a minimum of 13 players. If a team falls below 13 men, they are afforded a two-week window to sign a sufficient number of players. When the Suns traded Raja Bell, Boris Diaw and Sean Singletary to Charolotte for Jason Richardson and Jared Dudley, the roster fell to 12 players.
The Suns front office must have someone signed by Wednesday, but a decision on who to sign could come as early as tonight.