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Suns cut Archie Goodwin after entertaining extension talk

April 09, 2016: Phoenix Suns guard Archie Goodwin (20) dunks the ball during the NBA game between the Phoenix Suns and the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA. (Photograph by Stephen Lew/Icon Sportswire)
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Archie Goodwin is coming off the best season of his young career, but the fourth-year point guard will likely have to make a better impression elsewhere to continue in the NBA.

The Phoenix Suns made the decision to cut Goodwin on Monday, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical, who categorizes this transaction as surprising. Goodwin will make his way onto the waiver wire, likely set to generate interest among teams toward the top of the waiver priority hierarchy.

A 22-year-old Kentucky alum, Goodwin went 29th to the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2013 before becoming a decent bench scorer for the Suns last season. He improved his scoring average considerably in each of his three years as his minutes per game steadily increased. By 2015-2016, the shooting guard was playing in 19.5 minutes per game for the woeful Suns and he finished the year with an 8.9 points-per-game average. He is not much of a long-range shooter, connecting on just 23 percent of his three-point attempts last season, but has shown the ability to score in spurts.

Still on his rookie contract, that kind of ability should attract interest from other teams. Goodwin has only played for the Suns in his NBA career.

The Suns are set to start Eric Bledsoe and Devin Booker in the backcourt with Brandon Knight looming as the sixth man. Phoenix also added veteran and former Suns’ guard Leandro Barbosa on a two-year deal, so he stood to complicate the 6-5 Goodwin’s path to the rotation. A fellow Kentucky Wildcats’ guard Tyler Ulis also joined the Suns’ backcourt this offseason.

This poses as interesting after general manager Ryan McDonough said in September the team was going to partake in contract-extension talks with Goodwin’s agent.

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