Welcome back, Shawn Marion.
After a tumultuous summer that went from trade talk to a trade request with no contract extension negotiation in between, Marion is back in Phoenix.
Marion said by phone Sunday night that he had just arrived in the Valley and would report to US Airways Center this morning, just as he said last week that he would.
Marion declined to comment on whether he was disappointed that the Suns had not met his trade request, which he made public last week after doing so to the Suns brass in private.
Marion's agent, Dan Fegan, also told the Suns that Marion would report today, when the Suns hold their media day before boarding a bus for a week of training camp in Tucson. The first closed practice will be Tuesday morning at the University of Arizona.
New Suns reserve big man Brian Skinner also arrived in Phoenix on Sunday but will not officially become a Suns member until today, when he is expected to sign a one-year, $1.1 million contract. The deal will become fully guaranteed if he is on the opening-night roster.
Skinner is one of four newcomers expected to be on the Suns' regular-season roster. Grant Hill and draft picks Alando Tucker and D.J. Strawberry are the others. The staff has a new face, too, with former Suns guard Jay Humphries becoming an assistant coach in the place of Marc Iavaroni, now Memphis' head coach.
Other than Marion, the returning Suns were back in Phoenix in August or September for voluntary workouts.
"I'll do what I've got to do," Marion said last week when asked if he would be at camp if his trade request was not met. "I'm a professional. I'm not bitter."