Charles Barkley

Suns' trade of Eric Bledsoe indicates playoff drought not ending anytime soon

Suns' trade of Eric Bledsoe indicates playoff drought not ending anytime soon

Through 50 years of the Phoenix Suns, a franchise that never has won a championship often still found its way to the top of players’ wish lists.

Tom Chambers signed with the Suns as the NBA’s first unrestricted free agent. Charles Barkley made Phoenix a permanent home and won a Most Valuable Player award with the Suns. Danny Manning once accepted a $1 million contract to play for Phoenix before tearing his ACL and still was re-signed for $40 million. Steve Nash joined Phoenix when he never thought he would leave Dallas and became a two-time MVP.

Their arrivals contributed to the Suns having the NBA’s fourth-best, all-time winning percentage.

Players’ exits, though, are...

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