Phoenix Suns Lock Up Mikal Bridges with Four-Year, $90 Million Extension
The Phoenix Suns have reloaded and are looking to make it back to the NBA Finals.
After re-signing All-Star point guard Chris Paul this offseason, the Suns checked another important point off their preseason to-do list on Sunday afternoon.
To close out the weekend, the Suns and Mikal Bridges agreed to a rookie scale contract extension worth $90 million over four years. Bridges, who the Suns acquired on draft night back in 2018 for the rights of Zhaire Smith, has blossomed into one of the best young two-way players in the game. Last season, Bridges took a big leap forward, averaging 13.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game, while shooting 42.5 percent from three-point range.
Phoenix Suns G/F Mikal Bridges has agreed to a four-year, $90 million rookie contract extension, his agents Sam Goldfeder and Jordan Gertler of @Excelbasketball tell ESPN. Deal is fully guaranteed.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 17, 2021
“Wherever he has gone, he has won,” Bridges’ agent Sam Goldfeder told ESPN once the contract became official. “It’s no accident. He is the player who buys into a culture as well as sets a culture.”
Outside of Bridges and Paul, both Devin Booker and Cameron Payne have also been signed long-term.
The Suns are still negotiating a long-term deal for former first overall pick DeAndre Ayton. The big man, who is coming off a career season and a dominant playoff stretch, is said to be seeking a max contract of $172.5 million over five years, but the two sides are reportedly not close on a deal at this time. The deadline for Ayton to sign his rookie scale extension is October 18.