NBA: Phoenix Suns step up recruitment drive


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Phoenix Suns have bolstered their roster ahead of the new season by completing the signings of Mike James and Josh Jackson.

Point guard James has spent his entire career to date in Europe, but he boasts some impressive stats, averaging 13.1 points and 3.0 assists in 25 games for Greek side Panathinaikos last term.

The 26-year-old, who also enjoyed spells with the likes of Saski Baskonia and KK Zagreb during his time in Europe, will now be hoping his form can translate to the NBA, in what will be his rookie season stateside.

Small forward Jackson will also be embarking on his debut campaign in the NBA after he was selected as the fourth overall pick of last month’s draft.

Jackson has penned a four-year contract at the Talking Stick Resort Arena, a deal that includes two one-year team options after he impressed during his one college season with Kansas.

The duo will now be hoping to have an immediate impact in Phoenix, as the Suns have struggled in recent seasons, failing to make the play-offs in each of the last seven years.

Earl Watson’s side finished bottom of the Western Conference last term, winning just 24 of their 82 regular season games, The Suns current struggles are a far cry from their previous successes, as they won three consecutive Pacific Division titles between 2005 and 2007, while they have also been crowned Conference Champions on two previous occasions.

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