Through 50 years of the Phoenix Suns, a franchise that never has won a championship often still found its way to the top of players’ wish lists.
Tom Chambers signed with the Suns as the NBA’s first unrestricted free agent. Charles Barkley made Phoenix a permanent home and won a Most Valuable Player award with the Suns. Danny Manning once accepted a $1 million contract to play for Phoenix before tearing his ACL and still was re-signed for $40 million. Steve Nash joined Phoenix when he never thought he would leave Dallas and became a two-time MVP.
Their arrivals contributed to the Suns having the NBA’s fourth-best, all-time winning percentage.
Players’ exits, though, are...