Getting younger was the Suns’ intent. Getting worse was not. Suns Managing Partner Robert Sarver said the team researched 25 years of NBA franchise methods and deemed that it was too much of an undertaking when teams tore their competitiveness all the way down to rebuild. The Suns might appear like a tanking team at times with what likely will become a third consecutive non-playoff season, the first time that’s happened in 25 years. That was not the intent after learning bottomed-out teams needed an average of eight years to be contenders again...
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