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Report: Suns sign former Harvard forward Kyle Casey

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Allowed 15 players on their regular-season roster and having just 13 with guaranteed salaries, the Suns aren’t stopping at Terrico White.

Paul Coro of The Arizona Republic:

The Suns have training-camp agreements with shooting guard Terrico White and small forward Kyle Casey

Casey built momentum for the 2013 NBA draft entering his senior year at Harvard. But he and teammate Brandyn Curry became the faces of a cheating scandal that involved 125 students. Casey withdrew from school to avoid a suspension wiping out his final season of eligibility. He spent part of his year away working for a non-profit and then returned to the team for 2013-14. But he had a down season and went undrafted. He played overseas last season.

A 6-foot-8 forward with a 7-foot-1 wingspan, Casey has potential as a defender. Maybe his off-court issues just causes him to fall through the cracks.

He and White will have a chance to earn the two vacant roster spots.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the Suns sign more players for training camp, though. Plus, a Markieff Morris trade could change Phoenix’s roster breakdown.

Both Casey and White are eligible to be waived and have their D-League rights assigned to the Suns’ affiliate, the Bakersfield Jam. It’d hardly be surprising if that’s the outcome.

For now, though, Casey and White are the 14th and 15th players on a team that can keep 15 players into the regular season.

Report: Suns sign Terrico White

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Markieff Morris’ dissatisfaction looms over the Suns’ entire offseason. They must trade him or find a way to keep him from lowering the team’s morale, and of course, dealing him requires finding someone to take him (ideally for value).

But the Suns aren’t letting that troubling situation overwhelm them.

They’re also filling out their roster.

Shams Charania of RealGM:

Guard Terrico White has reached agreement on a free-agent contract with the Phoenix Suns, league sources told RealGM.

White’s agent, Daniel Hazan of Hazan Sports Management, confirmed the deal via text message Thursday.

The Pistons drafted White No. 36 out of Mississippi in 2010, though he never played for them after suffering a preseason injury. White then fizzled out of the NBA and has played in the D-League and overseas since.

I’d be surprised if White got much of a guarantee, if any, but he still has a chance to stick in Phoenix. The Suns have just 13 players under contract, though all 13 have guaranteed salaries. That leaves two vacant roster spots below the regular-season limit.

The 6-foot-5 White entered the NBA as an explosive leaper with a promising shooting stroke. If he has become more aggressive and/or developed his playmaking skills, he has a chance to become Phoenix’s primary backup shooting guard. Devin Booker and Archie Goodwin are definitely more valuable, but they’re so young, it’s not completely inconceivable White is more ready to produce right now. That role is particularly important because the Suns’ starting guards, Brandon Knight and Eric Bledsoe, figure to play point guard exclusively while the other sits.

Still, I’d bet on at least one of Booker or Goodwin – and maybe even both – outplaying White already. If that’s the case, it’s much harder to find a reason for Phoenix to keep the 25-year-old White.

But there’s a regular-season roster spot available for White now. Depending how everything shakes out with Morris, maybe that will remain the case.

Brandon Knight on Markieff Morris: “If he stays with us, we’d love to have him”

Markieff Morris

Since they traded his twin brother Marcus to the Pistons, Markieff Morris has made his displeasure with the Suns very well known. He said unequivocally last week, on record, that he’s “not going to be there.” A few days later, a report surfaced that Morris would prefer to be traded to either the Rockets or the Raptors. Whatever happens, he wants out of Phoenix, and it’s probably in the Suns’ best interests to trade him rather than deal with a headache of lingering drama in training camp.

But while most of Phoenix’s front office undoubtedly want him gone at this point, his teammates don’t feel that way. Point guard Brandon Knight, who just signed a five-year, $70 million deal this summer to stay with the Suns, said in a radio interview that he wants to play with Morris if he sticks around.

Via Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic:

“That’s really all I can speak on that matter — just want him to be happy,” Knight told Jared Greenberg and Rick Fox on “Off the Dribble” after Morris went public with his desire to leave the Suns this week. “If he stays with us, we’d definitely love to have him. Great player. I’m looking forward to playing with him. But if not, it’s a business. Like I said, I just want Markieff to be happy. That’s the main thing. I love him as a player. I love his game. So as of now, I’m excited to play for him.”

Just going to go out on a limb here and say it’s highly unlikely Morris is still in Phoenix by training camp. If they keep him, they open themselves up to the possibility of this drama spilling out into the season, which is not a great option for a team that’s on the bubble between the playoffs and the lottery. Unfortunately, they won’t be able to get much for him, even though he’s a starting-caliber power forward on a terrific contract. He and his brother still have that felony assault charge looming, and this post-trade episode will only create more question marks about his attitude that will give teams pause about giving up a lot of value for him.