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 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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.