What you need to know about the team’s free-agent additions

Phoenix Suns General Manager James Jones and team owner Mat Ishbia have hit back-to-back home runs to rebuild the team’s roster this offseason, acquiring Bradley Beal as part of a major trade and through free agency.

The Suns acquired one of the league’s top scorers in Beal in exchange for a trade involving Chris Paul, Landry Shamet and several draft picks. So faced with top-heavy payroll issues and nine of their players entering free agency, the Suns were able to land six highly productive free agents at manageable salaries that will help bolster their bench.

Small forward Josh Okogie and two-guard Damion Lee returned to the team, and Phoenix let go three free agents: forwards Torrey Craig and Darius Bazley, as well as backup center Jock Landale. Craig and Landale agreed to two- and four-year deals with the Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets, respectively.

Here’s a rundown of the new and returning Suns free agents.

Returned Suns free agents

Damion Lee

Position: Shooting guard

Height: 6-foot-5

Share: Two years, player option

Age, years in the league: 30, six years

Key Stats for 2022-23 Regular Season: 8.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists, ranked third on the team in career-best 3-point percentage (44.5%) before former Phoenix 3-pointer Cameron Johnson returned at the end of January from a knee injury, and before Kevin Durant’s arrival at the trade deadline the following month. Lee led the league in that state through the All-Star break and helped the Phoenix finish seventh among all teams in 3-point shooting.

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