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Devin Booker, Kendall Jenner dating but not serious?

Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker has been spotted out publicly with Kendall Jenner multiple times in recent months, and it sounds like the two may be dating. The relationship is apparently not serious, however.

A source told Us Weekly on Sunday that Booker and Jenner are seeing each other but trying to keep things casual.

“Kendall and Devin are seeing each other, but aren’t serious and are just having fun with each other,” the insider told Us Weekly. “It’s easy because they get along well and he also gets along great with her family.”

Rumors of Booker and Jenner dating first popped up back in April, when they went on a road trip together in Arizona. They also went to a swanky restaurant in California together after the Suns were eliminated from the Orlando bubble.

Jenner has been linked to a number of NBA players, with Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons being one of the most recent. She also dated Blake Griffin a while back, which got the big man roasted during a comedy special.

The Suns went 8-0 in Orlando, and Booker averaged 30.5 points per game. He played so well that Draymond Green drew a tampering fine from the NBA for talking about him.

Devin Booker spotted out with Kendall Jenner after leaving NBA bubble

Devin Booker did everything he could in the seeding portion of the NBA restart, but unfortunately it was not enough for the Phoenix Suns to qualify for the playoffs. Even though he led the Suns to an 8-0 record in Orlando, Booker clearly is not sulking about being sent home early.

Booker was spotted out at the upscale Nobu restaurant in Malibu on Saturday night with Kendall Jenner, according to TMZ. The two have hung out in the past but claim they are just friends. Kendall’s sister Kylie was also at Nobu, so it doesn’t seem like Booker and Jenner were having a formal date.

That wasn’t the first instance where Booker and Jenner have spent time together, and naturally there has been speculation that they’re more than just friends. However, neither has confirmed that.

Jenner has been linked to a number of NBA players, with Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons being one of the most recent. She also dated Blake Griffin a while back, which got the big man roasted during a comedy special.

The Suns went 8-0 in Orlando, and Booker averaged 30.5 points per game. He played so well that Draymond Green drew a tampering fine from the NBA for talking about him.

Suns respond to Draymond Green fine for comments on Devin Booker

Devin Booker

The Phoenix Suns posted a video response on Twitter to Draymond Green’s fine.

Green was fined $50,000 by the NBA for saying that Devin Booker is too good of a player to be stuck on the Suns.

Phoenix took note of the fine and posted a response, saying they have at least 50,000 reasons why they love Booker. The video included highlights of their star guard:

The Suns haven’t made the playoffs since 2009-2010 and haven’t had a winning season since 2013-2014. Booker has only known losing since going pro. But the Suns were fortunate enough to have been included in the NBA restart, and they are maximizing the opportunity.

They have gone 5-0 in Orlando and seem to be heading in the right direction. Maybe that is giving Booker confidence about believing in his organization. The organization obviously enjoys having him.

As for Draymond, he didn’t seem to mind his fine.

Draymond Green fined $50K for comments about Devin Booker

Draymond Green

Draymond Green has been fined by the NBA for the remarks he made about Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker while serving as a guest analyst for TNT.

The NBA announced on Sunday that Green has been fined $50,000. In the press release, the league referenced the stricter enforcement of tampering rules that begin prior to this season.

Green had high praise for Booker while serving as a guest analyst on TNT’s “Inside the NBA” Friday night. The Golden State Warriors star said playing for the Phoenix Suns is not good for Booker’s career and that Booker needs to go “somewhere he can play great basketball all the time and win.” TNT’s Ernie Johnson immediately pointed out that Green might be tampering. You can see a video of the exchange here.

Booker, 23, has been with the Suns since being drafted No. 13 overall by them in 2015. He is an explosive scorer and has averaged 26.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 6.6 assists per game this season. His Suns have gone 4-0 since the NBA restart. Booker has expressed some issues with the Suns’ chemistry in the past, but that did not stop him from signing a massive $158 million extension with them two years ago.

Draymond Green likely facing tampering fine for Devin Booker comments

Draymond Green

Draymond Green is likely facing a fine for tampering based on his comments about Devin Booker.

Green appeared in studio as a guest commentator on TNT Friday. When talking about the young Phoenix Suns star, he said something that could clearly be construed as tampering.

“Get my man out of Phoenix. It’s not good for him, it’s not good for his career. I need my man to go somewhere he can play great basketball all the time, and win,” Green said.

He was even asked if he was tampering and acknowledged that might be the case. Players and executives are not allowed to speak about players who are under contract with other teams.

Booker, 23, has been with the Suns since being drafted No. 13 overall by them in 2015. He is an explosive scorer and has averaged 26.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 6.6 assists per game this season. His Suns have had a nice showing in Orlando, going 4-0 since the NBA restart. Booker has expressed some issues with the Suns’ chemistry in the past, but that did not stop him from signing a massive $158 million extension with them two years ago.

Report: Devin Booker emerging as possible trade target for Knicks

Devin Booker

Devin Booker is Phoenix’s franchise player, but one team may be lurking as a potential landing spot if he ever starts to sour on the team.

Marc Berman of the New York Post reported on Saturday that the Suns guard is the New York Knicks’ trade target “to watch out for most” ever since the hiring of Leon Rose as team president. Bermans adds that recent rumblings are Booker, a former Rose client, could grow tired of the constant losing in Phoenix. The 23-year-old also attended the University of Kentucky, making him close with new Knicks front office hire William Wesley.

Booker, a 2020 NBA All-Star, agreed to a lucrative extension with the Suns two summers ago that will keep him under contract through the 2023-24 season. Thus, a move to the Knicks or elsewhere in the near future would have to come via trade. Phoenix has yet to even win 30 games in a season since the fourth-year guard Booker arrived though, so a trade request is not impossible.

While Booker is far from the only former Rose client to be linked to the Knicks since the team’s hiring of Rose, he could very well be the biggest fish yet.

5 NBA players with the most to prove in Orlando

Zion Williamson

An evaluation of an NBA player’s legacy is one of the most volatile aspects of the league, as in some cases, all it takes is a single game or shot to define an entire career. Every NBA player is looking to prove themselves whenever they step foot on the hardwood. However, there comes the point for specific players, where proving themselves becomes a necessity.

From former number one overall picks to potential league MVPs, here are the five players with the most to prove headed into Orlando.

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Suns looking to give Devin Booker more time at point guard

Devin Booker

Devin Booker could be going from wearing No. 1 to playing the 1 as well.

During a conference call with the media Thursday, Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams said that he wanted to explore using the All-Star shooting guard at the point guard position more often. Williams added that he had 10 to 12 minutes per game in mind, per Kellan Olson of 98.7 Arizona Sports.

The 23-year-old Booker, who is averaging 26.1 points per game this season, has also proven to be a quality playmaker. He has put up 4.7 assists per game for his career and is up to 6.6 of them a night in 2019-20. Booker is among the league leaders in turnovers however, which suggests room for improvement.

The ex-Kentucky star did get limited run at the 1 last season, but with Phoenix adding some more versatile pieces like Ricky Rubio and Kelly Oubre, they may have the flexibility to make Point Book a more regular thing. Hey, perhaps positional rigidity is why Booker thinks his player is messed up on NBA 2K.

Devin Booker explains not picking Suns in NBA 2K20

Devin Booker

Devin Booker explained himself after receiving some negative headlines on Sunday.

Booker took on Michael Porter Jr. in an NBA 2K20 video game tournament. Booker wasn’t picking his Phoenix Suns as his team to use in the game, which led to some criticism online.

Booker later tried to defend himself by claiming the game has his “player messed up.”

Does that mean he doesn’t think his ratings are accurate enough or reflect his true level of talent? Possibly. Or maybe if he has his choice, he’d prefer not to play with a team that has had a winning percentage under .300 four seasons in a row.

Booker plays video games online fairly regularly, and was actually online when he learned the NBA season had been suspended.

Video: Devin Booker learned NBA season was postponed while playing ‘Call of Duty’

Devin Booker

The postponement of the NBA season due to a pandemic is not something any player could have prepared for, and Devin Booker’s reaction to the news was a tremendous illustration of that.

Booker told Arash Markazi of the Los Angeles Times that he was livestreaming on Twitch while playing the popular video game “Call of Duty: Warzone” when he learned on March 11 that the 2019-20 NBA season had been postponed indefinitely. Another gamer informed Booker that Shams Charania of The Athletic reported the news, and the Phoenix Suns star thought it was speculation at first. He quickly began processing that he would not be playing competitive basketball until further notice.

Here’s the video, but beware that it contains some inappropriate language.

Booker explained to Marzaki that he was genuinely in disbelief.

“When they told me that the season was shut down, I couldn’t believe it,” he said. The world has never seen anything like this, which is why I reacted the way I did. That was my real-time reaction. I dropped a few curse words, which is not ideal, but I really couldn’t believe it.”

The reaction was certainly understandable. Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert’s positive coronavirus test essentially set off a domino effect of sports leagues cancelling or postponing their seasons, but it was impossible to understand the full scope of the situation when the decision to halt play first happened.

As we saw with Mike Evans’ reaction to the Buccaneers signing Tom Brady, athletes having candid reactions to big news on social media has become more common. Booker felt the same way most of us felt when the NBA news came down.