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Suns sign 1st-round draft pick Alex Len

The Phoenix Suns announced the official signing of Alex Len, the No. 5 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, on Thursday evening. While terms of the deal weren't released, he'll likely receive the maximum 120 percent of the standard rookie scale, something typical for lottery picks.

This step may have been expected, but the Suns already got their surprise shortly after the draft, the need to perform surgery on Len's right ankle shortly after being drafted due to "beginnings" of a stress fracture discovered by medical staff. Len also had surgery on his left ankle because of a "partial" stress fracture prior to being drafted, one of the reasons he failed to go higher in the lottery.

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Though the many procedures, Len is expected to be available to open the 2013-2014 season.

As a sophomore at Maryland, Len averaged 11.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in 38 games. The Suns have now signed both first-round draft picks from 2013 after agreeing to terms with 29th overall pick Archie Goodwin in July.

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This article originally appeared on SBNation.

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