Phoenix Suns Hoping to Extend Devin Booker to Maximum Contract
Despite reports claiming Devin Booker is greatly unhappy with the Phoenix Suns after they waived his best friend and teammate Tyler Ulis, the organization still hopes on reaching an extension with their star guard.
Ulis and Booker who both played in Kentucky during their collegiate career have been very closer friends for a number of years. Nevertheless, Suns’ GM Ryan McDonough has begun talking to Booker and his agent Leon Rose about a potential rookie-scale extension. Booker is soon to become eligible for a five-year, $158-million extension, which would not kick in until the 2019-20 season.
“I’ve been treated right from the day I was drafted, even when I was a rookie and didn’t play much,” Booker said. “The city of Phoenix took me in with open arms and made me a part of their family. I’ve learned the history and traditions of the team. I know how much the city cares about the franchise and that means a lot to me, playing somewhere where people actually care about the franchise.
“I love it here, I bought a house here and I intend to be here for a long time.”
After drafting DeAndre Ayton and trading for the rights to Mikal Bridges, the Suns have a very young and talented core in place. Booker is currently 21-years old and the Suns also have Josh Jackson who was a top-five pick in last year’s NBA draft. Booker averaged 24.9-points, 4.5-rebounds, and 4.7-assists per game last season for the Suns, winning the 3-Point Contest at All-Star Weekend along the way.
It looks like the desert has a bright future!