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Devin Booker fined $25,000 for altercation with Gorgui Dieng

Devin Booker

Devin Booker was fined $25,000 for escalating an on-court altercation with Gorgui Dieng on Tuesday night.

The league announced the fine on Thursday and specified it was for escalating the matter.

The two were ejected from Tuesday’s Minnesota Timberwolves-Phoenix Suns game after an altercation following an elbow.

The escalation came when Dieng told Booker to meet him in the tunnel following their ejections, and Booker dragged an assistant coach as he made his way through the tunnel.

Devin Booker, Suns troll Enes Kanter after beating Knicks

Devin Booker

The Phoenix Suns were feeling themselves after beating the New York Knicks badly on Monday night for their first three-game winning streak of the season.

After the 128-110 win, both the Suns’ Twitter account and Devin Booker trolled Enes Kanter by hitting back at an old tweet of his. The old tweet from Kanter told Booker to hold the “L” following a Knicks win over the Suns in January.

The Suns responded first by doing the shrug emoji.

Then Booker trolled Kanter back by saying the Suns were targeting him with pick and rolls every time.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard someone say to target Kanter with pick and rolls.

Getting the win had to feel really good for the young Suns, and it’s hard to say Kanter didn’t deserve the tweets either.

Deandre Ayton, Devin Booker reportedly exchanged words after loss

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The Phoenix Suns are struggling, which has led to some issues between the players.

After Thursday night’s loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, two of Phoenix’s young players, Deandre Ayton and Devin Booker, reportedly exchanged words.

The Arizona Republic’s Duane Rankin reported about the matter:

“Phoenix’s top two players, Booker and Ayton, exchanged words after the 10-minute cooling off period as members of the media entered the visiting locker room for the tail end of that conversation,” Rankin reported.

Ayton is averaging a double-double this season (15.8 points, 10.1 rebounds per game), but he’s struggling on the defensive end and did not start on Thursday, though that was said to him not feeling well.

Additionally, rookie Mikal Bridges had a moment of frustration with head coach Igor Kokoskov after picking up a foul.

The Suns dropped to 4-21 after the loss on Thursday and have the worst record in the league.

Devin Booker set to miss multiple games with hamstring injury

Devin Booker

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker said Monday he’ll likely miss several games with a hamstring injury.

Booker sustained a rather significant-looking hamstring injury Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers, and has no timetable for his return. It appears likely he’ll miss more than the three games his previous hamstring injury cost him.

The Suns will miss Booker dearly, but they have just four wins on the season and are in full-on tank mode. He might appreciate the mental break from the frustrations of playing on an awful team, and while they’ll never admit it publicly, they won’t be in any hurry to rush Booker back, as they’re likely to lose a lot of games without him in the lineup and better position themselves for the NBA Draft Lottery.

Devin Booker stresses chemistry issues after ’embarrassing’ loss

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Devin Booker cited a lack of chemistry on the team after his Phoenix Suns’ latest loss, which he termed “embarrassing.”

The Suns lost to the Brooklyn Nets at home on Tuesday night to drop to 2-8 on the season. The loss came after the team got a nice home win over Memphis in its previous game, leading Booker to call the team’s performance “embarrassing.”

After the loss, Booker said the Suns’ chemistry was a problem.

“I think all good teams have that trust and chemistry, where they’re able to get on each other and know that it’s for a better purpose,” Booker said, via ESPN. “For us, I don’t think we have that right now. We’re not comfortable with each other, we don’t step on each other’s toes, we don’t push each other, and I think that’s what we need to do.”

Rookie Deandre Ayton agreed, saying they need to learn who can handle being yelled at and who can’t, and who needs encouragement.

The Suns are a rebuilding team. They have some blocks like Booker and Ayton, and they signed Trevor Ariza during the offseason. They’re hoping to see something from some of their other recent top picks like Josh Jackson and Mikal Bridges. They have lots of young players and a very long season ahead of them, with another high draft pick looking extremely likely.

Devin Booker responds to Embiid shading Suns

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Joel Embiid’s list of rivals may be expanding further westward.

In an appearance Friday on ESPN’s “The Jump,” the Philadelphia 76ers center threw some shade at the Phoenix Suns, particularly rookie big man Deandre Ayton. Embiid was shown a picture of Ayton during an on-air segment and responded that the 20-year-old was “about to get his a– kicked this year.”

Soon after, Suns guard Devin Booker took an opportunity to respond, quote tweeting the clip and writing simply, “Sounds good.”

Trash talk is nothing new for the All-Star Embiid, as it has become an integral part of his brand both on and off the court. This is not the first time that he has gone after Ayton either. It looks like the Sixers-Suns rivalry could be heating up in a way that we haven’t seen since the days of Charles Barkley.

Devin Booker out indefinitely, will undergo hand surgery

Devin Booker

Devin Booker will undergo hand surgery and is out indefinitely.

98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s John Gambadoro reported the news on Sunday about Booker’s hand surgery. The surgery is intended to improve a ligament injury that bothered Booker late in the season and kept him out of the last 12 games.

According to Arizona Sports, Booker will undergo the surgery in Los Angeles and likely miss the start of training camp. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski says they will know more about Booker’s status after the surgery on Monday.

The initial plan was to try and let Booker rest and see if the injury healed on its own, but apparently they have decided surgery is now the best course of action.

Booker, 21, signed a five-year, $158 million extension with Phoenix over the summer.

Devin Booker takes funny shot at social media critics

Devin Booker

Devin Booker has a message for his Internet haters: stay in your lane.

The Phoenix Suns star posted a video to his Instagram Story on Thursday night of a number of seemingly young and unassuming men playing a game of pickup basketball at a local gym. In the video, Booker included the caption, “These the dudes that be talking crazy about us on social media.”

Of course, Booker might seem unassuming himself at just 21 years old. But he is coming off a season where he put up 24.9 points a game for the Suns, and he just signed a five-year extension for a whopping $158 million this summer.

We have seen some other NBA players fire back at their social media critics in recent months. As for Booker though, he prefers to think about who is really on the other end of that computer screen.

Watch: Video emerges of Tyler Ulis, Devin Booker in elevator fight

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Former Phoenix Sun Tyler Ulis was caught in a rather intense elevator brawl, and it took one of his then-teammates to help him out.

In video obtained by TMZ Sports from the incident that took place on May 26, 2017, Ulis was attacked by two men after he tried to stop them from entering the elevator. Moments later, Ulis returned to the scene of the first incident and, along with Suns teammate Devin Booker, settled the score. While Booker did not appear to throw any punches, Ulis certainly did.

Ulis and Booker are known to be close. They both went to Kentucky and Booker was even upset over Ulis’s release. This incident was not reported at the time, so it remains to be seen how the Suns and the NBA will react to the video’s release.

Devin Booker signs $158 max contract extension with Suns

Devin Booker

Devin Booker had a lot to be thankful for on Saturday.

Booker signed a five-year, $158 max contract extension with the Phoenix Suns. The extension will kick in after next year, which means he is set to be a member of the Suns for the next six years.

Booker tweeted about the extension and expressed gratitude.

Booker, who was the No. 13 overall pick in the 2015 draft, averaged 24.9 points per game last season. He has steadily improved every year in the league, and the Suns obviously see him as a franchise cornerstone.

The Suns have been adding talent over the past two seasons and will be a team to watch. In addition to Booker, they also have rookies Deandre Ayton and Mikal Bridges, and second-year players Josh Jackson and Marquese Chriss.