Better late than never right, on August 29th, the Phoenix Suns signed first round pick Alen Len out of Maryland. Terms of the contract were not disclosed but it is good that the Suns locked up Len before training camp starts.
Unfortunately, the Suns didn’t get to see him in the summer league as he got surgery done on both of his ankles, which makes fans concerned on how he will play when he finally gets on the court. The good news about all of this including the deal is that Len is targeting this upcoming week to do full basketball activities.
If Len can perform like he did at Maryland, then the Suns have their big man of the future. Last season, as a sophomore, Len averaged 11.9 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks in 38 games.
Len will most likely be playing as a backup to Marcin Gortat who is also healthy coming into this season but could be used as a trade piece for a contending team. If that happens, expect Len to get starter minutes as new head coach and GM Jeff Hornacek and Ryan McDonough are trying to rebuild the Suns for the future. The future looks bright for the Suns and they have already completed one step in signing Len.