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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.

Devin Booker could be getting max contract from Phoenix Suns

Devin Booker

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.

The Arizona Republic confirmed that the meeting will take place and notes that Booker is eligible for a 5-year, $158 million extension. Such a max deal would kick in after next season.

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.

Devin Booker reportedly upset with Suns for releasing Tyler Ulis

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.

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.

Devin Booker fuels Karl-Anthony Towns speculation with tweet

Devin Booker is wasting no time hollering at former college teammate Karl-Anthony Towns in the midst of rumors that Towns is unhappy in Minnesota.

ESPN’s Zach Lowe said on an episode of his podcast Friday that the All-Star Towns and the Timberwolves are “not in a good place right now internally.”

A few hours after Lowe’s remark went viral, Booker fueled further speculation about Towns by tweeting a picture of him wearing a Phoenix Suns uniform.

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.

NBA players react to All-Star Game snubs via Twitter

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:

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Devin Booker to have input in Suns’ decisions moving forward

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.

Devin Booker wants Jay Triano to remain as Suns coach

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.

Whether or not Triano actually becomes the permanent head coach of the team, it’s refreshing to see a star Suns guard back his coach after some of the shenanigans that we have seen in Phoenix this season.