A hint of Syracuse Orange in Phoenix as Suns open new season

Wes Johnson (file photo)

PHOENIX (AP) - With coach Alvin Gentry's pronouncement, "They're gone and they're not coming back," the Phoenix Suns prepared to open their first training camp of the post-Steve Nash and Grant Hill era.

The Suns have seven new players, not counting the five they added this week to pad the roster for the camp's opening in San Diego on Tuesday. The latter group includes for Arizona State standout forward Ike Diogu.

One newcomer isn't really new at all. Point guard Goran Dragic (GOH-run DRAH-zhick) is in his second stint with the team. He was traded to the Houston Rockets in the 2010-11 season.

Others among the incoming are forward Luis Scola, forward Michael Beasley, Syracuse University alum Wesley Johnson, center Jermaine O'Neal, and rookie point guard Kendall Marshall, the team's first-round draft pick.