The Phoenix Suns plan to meet with guard Devin Booker in Los Angeles on Tuesday, where they will discuss the possibility of a contract extension.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the news about the meeting on Sunday and suggested that Booker was a “strong candidate” for a max deal.
Sources: Suns owner Robert Sarver and GM Ryan McDonough are meeting with star guard Devin Booker and his agent Leon Rose to present the framework of his rookie extension contract offer on Tuesday in Los Angeles. Booker is a strong candidate for a max deal.
Booker, 21, was the No. 13 overall pick by the Suns in 2015. He averaged 24.9 points per game last season and has seen his play improve every year. He seems to like Phoenix and could have interest in a long-term extension with the team.
The Suns will be a team to watch in the future. Along with Booker they have Josh Jackson as well as Deandre Ayton and Mikal Bridges, their top players from this year’s draft. They are also adding Trevor Ariza this offseason.
The Phoenix Suns are hoping to sign Devin Booker to a contract extension as soon as possible, but they may have to smooth over some tension before the two sides sit down at the negotiating table.
Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports that Booker is upset with the Suns for releasing fellow guard Tyler Ulis, who is apparently a very close friend of Booker’s.
Sources: As he becomes eligible for five-year maximum rookie extension, Phoenix Suns' Devin Booker is upset with the front office over release of best friend Tyler Ulis, who started 43 games last season.
The Suns announced on Saturday that they have released Ulis, whose contract of $1.5 million for next season would have become guaranteed on Sunday. The move was not a big surprise after the team drafted French point guard Elie Okobo at No. 31 overall, but it apparently angered Booker.
Phoenix drafted Ulis in the second round of the 2016 NBA Draft, and they had high expectations for him heading into last season after his impressive rookie campaign. However, Ulis averaged just 7.8 points and 4.4 assists per game and failed to make a big leap.
Booker is part of an exciting young core for the Suns, who also entertained the idea of trading one of their former lottery picks on draft night. It would be a surprise if he doesn’t eventually sign a max extension, but a star player being angry with the front office is never a great thing.
The 22-year-old Towns, who averaged 21.3 points and 12.3 rebounds per game this season, played his one-and-done year together with Booker at Kentucky in 2014-15. The team went 38-1 that season and made it to the Final Four.
Towns and Booker remain close, and it is possible that they were just goofing around when the photo was taken (the No. 1 jersey that Towns is wearing in it belongs to Booker). However, the tweet at least begs the question — the Suns do have a major need at the center position, but they also have the assets to swing a trade for a star like Towns (the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft as well as no fewer than six recent lottery picks on their roster besides Booker).
As for Towns himself, he is still on his rookie deal and can become a restricted free agent in 2019. A recent Wolves personnel move may have also upset him.
Sir Isaac Newton once stated, “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” That was certainly true in the National Basketball Association on Tuesday with the naming of this year’s All-Star reserves.
Shortly after the news broke as to which players made the final cut for the East and the West, the outrage soon began among players who felt they were snubbed. Many took to Twitter to express their discontent, including LA Clippers guard Lou Williams, who is averaging 23.3 points a game this season:
Devin Booker may just be the most powerful 21-year-old in the world.
Phoenix Suns GM Ryan McDonough told the media on Thursday that the third-year guard will have input in the team’s decisions going forward.
“With his emergence and importance to not only what we’re doing in the short term but hopefully in the next decade-plus, I think it’s important to make him a partner in the process,” said McDonough, per Scott Bordow of AZCentral.
“Kind of show him the blueprint and vision we have not only for the rest of this season, but for the summers of 2018, 2019, 2020, etc.,” McDonough added. “In terms of what he thinks are important characteristics for a head coach to have, what’s important to us as an organization and how we build over a number of years.”
Booker, who is averaging a team-high 24.6 points per game this season, looks like Phoenix’s undisputed franchise cornerstone, and it is no surprise that they are treating him as such, even at such a young age. He has already noted one major move that he would like for the team to make, and it sounds like he will factor heavily into their decision-making process from here on out.
Jay Triano is getting the endorsement that matters — the one from his team’s franchise player.
Before the Phoenix Suns played the Dallas Mavericks on Monday, Suns guard Devin Booker said that he would like for Triano to remain as head coach.
“Me and Triano have that relationship. He’s somebody I’m comfortable with and somebody I’ve been around for a long time,” said Booker, according to The Arizona Republic. “I love Triano. I don’t make those calls but he’s been doing a wonderful job since he’s been here and I would vouch for him. He’s been really good.”
Triano, who previously served as head coach of the Toronto Raptors for three seasons, has been coaching the team on an interim basis since Earl Watson was fired in October just three games into the 2017-18 season. The Suns have gone 11-18 (.379) since Triano took over.