http://www.azcentral.com/sports/suns/articles/0625sunsnb0625.html Deal with Knicks is placed on hold Paul Coro The Arizona Republic Jun. 25, 2005 12:00 AM If you wanted Quentin Richardson to remain with the Suns, you get your wish for a weekend. If you are pining for confirmation that Kurt Thomas is the newest Suns player, wait until Monday. The two-player swap between Phoenix and New York was not approved as hoped Friday, when the league office was still trying to recover from an eventful week of averting a labor lockout and staging a Game 7 in San Antonio on Thursday. That delayed taking care of the final technical aspects that would clear Phoenix to send Richardson and a future conditional first-round pick to New York for Thomas, a tough post player the Suns desired. advertisement " 'Q' is a big part of what we did," Suns coach Mike D'Antoni said Friday. "Kurt Thomas is a heck of a player." Knicks President Isiah Thomas canceled a draft briefing with New York media Friday for a second straight day. Gomes returns Providence's Ryan Gomes returned for his second workout in a month with the Suns. Want to know his position? So do the Suns. Gomes is a 6-foot-8, 240-pound "tweener." He is clearly a hard worker, given how much he improved his outside shot and quickness from last season. But there are still doubts of whether he can cover speedy swingmen. "My own judgment is that I'm just a player," said Gomes, a late first-round or early second-round pick. "Whether I'm at the 3 or 4, I've got to use my advantages against the other guy just like he would to me." Phoenix looked at Gomes against Pittsburgh power forward Chris Taft and Oakland small forward Rawle Marshall, a high hopper who could be attractive in the second round. "When you have his (Gomes') feel for the game and his ability to make shots, there may not be an in-between," Suns Director of Player Personnel David Griffin said. The fact that Taft is working out for Phoenix is a bad sign for him. Taft entered his sophomore season as a projected high lottery pick but knocks on his consistency, conditioning and desire may have put him in the low first round. Taft shored up his body, which is 6-10 and 260. Griffin said Phoenix would not consider Taft if its decision were based only on his reputation, but the staff gets a different perspective in a workout. "He has a great jump hook and uses his body well," Griffin said. Taft has worked out for about 12 teams with two more planned. "I play a lot of up-tempo game, running down the center of the floor and finishing a lot of plays," Taft said. "I fit this (Suns) style well." Iavaroni's status Marc Iavaroni remains a Suns assistant despite a strong chance to land Portland's head coaching job and a new opening in Milwaukee, where he was a finalist with the executives who hired and fired Terry Porter. Iavaroni has been interviewed only by Portland, which is waiting on Seattle coach Nate McMillan's contract to expire June 30 in order to woo him. Porter also is pursuing the Portland job.