The Phoenix Suns completed a flurry of roster moves today in the wake of starting center Robin Lopez's injury. The team's interest in signing former Knicks big man Earl Barron was noted yesterday and he cleared his physical today.
To consummate the signing, the team waived guard Matt Janning, who escaped the preseason's roster cuts but had not been active through the Suns' first 10 games. Janning had been a favorite throughout the Summer League and preseason, but back-up point guard Goran Dragic's stellar early season play made Janning expendable, given the situation.
In addition, rookie forward Gani Lawal was assigned to the Suns' D-league affiliate Iowa Energy. Lawal showed promise in the preseason and was made active for the first time against the Denver Nuggets, but Earl Clark ultimately got the call. With the Barron signing, Lawal's immediate opportunities continue to shrink. With the Energy, Lawal will get the chance to continue playing and progressing.
For a detailed look at Earl Barron and what he brings to the Suns, visit Bright Side of the Sun.