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Report: Suns would have to give up huge haul for Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant with a hood on

May 8, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) warms up before game against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports

If the Phoenix Suns want Kevin Durant, they will apparently be quoted a massive asking price to open trade talks.

The Brooklyn Nets would start talks by asking for Suns guard Devin Booker, according to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report. The Suns are almost certain to resist any deal of that sort. But the price is an indication of just how high the Nets will be aiming in Durant trade talks.

Notably, the Nets reportedly are not very interested in any sign-and-trade proposal involving center Deandre Ayton. Ayton, a restricted free agent, is one of Phoenix’s best trade chips.

Another factor that must be taken into consideration is a key rule about trading for players that signed Designated Rookie Extensions. That rule came up when discussing rumors linking Durant to Miami, but it would also apply to any trade involving Booker.

Any Durant deal is clearly going to be complicated between the factors of asking price and Durant’s wishes. Judging by some comments Durant made about Booker earlier in the season, he wants to play alongside the guard, not be traded for him.

Kevin Durant’s comments about Suns star resurface after trade request

Kevin Durant in street clothes

Feb 3, 2020; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets small forward Kevin Durant (7) smiles during a time out during the second quarter against the Phoenix Suns at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Durant was immediately linked to the Phoenix Suns after demanding a trade from the Brooklyn Nets. One reason the Suns might appeal to him may be one of the team’s young stars.

In an appearance on “The Old Man & The Three” podcast several months ago, Durant raved about Suns guard Devin Booker. Durant admired Booker’s ability to score and contribute while also knowing how to win.

“I just think he’s really mastered who he is right now,” Durant said of Booker. “He’s figuring it out — how to play at an elite level but still win. He always was scoring the ball, but he knows how to win.”

Booker has broken out over the past year, and Durant has taken notice. The pair were also both part of the U.S. Olympic team last summer.

There are other teams keeping one eye on Durant, and he may wind up there. From Durant’s perspective, though, the Suns certainly seem to hold a lot of appeal.

Stephen A. Smith called out for hilarious Devin Booker mistake

Stephen A Smith reports from the sideline

Dec 18, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith broadcasts before a game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Miami Heat at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Stephen A. Smith gave the Phoenix Suns some well-deserved slander on Sunday, but it turns out that he technically directed it to the wrong person.

The ESPN personality Smith called out the Suns for their miserable showing in Game 7 against the Dallas Mavericks. Specifically, Smith mentioned Chris Paul and Devin Booker by name and tagged them on Twitter.

The only problem was that Smith tagged the wrong Booker. He tagged @DevinBooker31, a different Devin Booker who plays professional basketball for a team in Turkey. That Booker hilariously responded to Smith, saying that he didn’t know he had to show up for Suns-Mavs Game 7 because he had a game in Istanbul that day.

Smith really should have known better here. The Suns’ Booker does not even wear No. 31 and has worn the No. 1 jersey for his entire NBA career.

Regardless, the Suns’ Booker would probably still agree with Smith’s assessment. After all, the Suns’ Booker had a profane reaction to Phoenix’s all-time embarrassment on Sunday.

Devin Booker had profane comment about Suns’ Game 7 loss

Devin Booker dribbles down the court

Feb 25, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) drives against New Orleans Pelicans in the second half at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

The Phoenix Suns were heavy favorites to win the NBA title when the postseason began, but they were eliminated on Sunday night after a horrendous effort against the Dallas Mavericks. Devin Booker had a very accurate description of the loss.

After Phoenix’s 123-90 home loss in Game 7, Booker told reporters the Suns were on the wrong end of a “good old-fashioned a– whooping.”

That is a great way of putting it.

The Suns had probably their worst game of the season in their most important game of the season. The team that went 64-18 during the regular season was totally dominated. Luka Doncic’s 27 first-half points matched Phoenix’s entire team total. Suns fans even booed their team at halftime (video here).

Phoenix shot just 37.9 percent as a team. They were run out of the building and plagued by everything from terrible defense to confrontations on the sideline. For a team that reached the NBA Finals last season and was the NBA’s best all year, the result could not have been more disappointing.

Luka Doncic responds to shade from Devin Booker

Luka Doncic in his Mavericks uniform

May 28, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) in action during game three between the Clippers and the Mavericks in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Luka Doncic is not about to feed the trolls, even if the trolls go by the name of “Devin Booker.”

The Dallas Mavericks star Doncic was asked by reporters before Thursday’s Game 6 about the diss that Phoenix Suns counterpart Devin Booker sent his way during Game 5. Doncic responded by shrugging and saying, “Don’t really care,” before flashing a dismissive smile. Take a look.

In a viral video from Phoenix’s victory in Game 5, Booker threw shade at Doncic after getting fouled in the second half. You can see the video here.

Dallas now has a 3-2 hole to climb out of in the second-round playoff series, so Doncic has bigger things to worry about than Booker’s mind games. But with that being said, the Suns-Mavs matchup has already gotten extremely heated in more ways than one.

Devin Booker dissed Luka Doncic in middle of Suns’ Game 5 victory

Devin Booker looks on

Mar 3, 2020; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker prior to the game against the Toronto Raptors at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Phoenix’s chosen one had some shade for Dallas’ chosen one during Tuesday’s game.

The Suns defeated the Mavs in Game 5 at Footprint Center by the blowout final of 110-80. In the second half, Suns star Devin Booker took a hard foul from Dorian Finney-Smith and stayed down on the floor for a few moments. Booker soon revealed though that he was exaggerating all along and turned to a fan who was filming courtside, saying, “The Luka special.”

Booker’s obvious shot at Mavs star Luka Doncic was the latest moment in a growing rivalry between the two players. They also had a heated episode on a possession change at a different point in the game on Tuesday.

Phoenix now leads the best-of-seven second-round series 3-2 heading into Game 6 in Dallas on Thursday. Booker and Doncic weren’t the only players on the two sides to get into it during Game 5 either.

Suns have fun with vulgar shirts worn by Pelicans crowd

Devin Booker looks on

Mar 3, 2020; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker prior to the game against the Toronto Raptors at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Phoenix Suns definitely late the hate flow through them during Thursday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Some fans at Smoothie King Center showed up for Game 6 of the first-round series in “F— Jae Crowder” shirts, a reference to the Suns forward Crowder.

The Suns had some fun with the shirts, as Devin Booker took one of them back to the locker room prior to the game (the fans had some extras with them). Phoenix assistant Jarrett Jack also brought a handful of the shirts with him to the locker room, per Andrew Lopez of ESPN.

Why the fans chose Crowder as their target is an entirely different question. Crowder is probably Phoenix’s fifth-most important player at best and has never played for New Orleans during his career. Maybe those fans do not care for the way Crowder has treated a notable former Pelicans player.

Whatever the case, the fans succeeded in getting the Suns’ attention with the shirts. The eighth-seeded Pelicans have pushed Phoenix much harder than many expected and have gotten under the Suns’ skin in other ways too.

Suns reportedly have potential return date for Devin Booker

Devin Booker dribbles down the court

Feb 25, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) drives against New Orleans Pelicans in the second half at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

The Phoenix Suns are one game away from surviving their first round series against the New Orleans Pelicans even without Devin Booker. There is reportedly a chance they could have Booker available for that game.

Booker is progressing toward a return from his hamstring strain, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. While Booker will initially be declared out for Game 6, there is a chance he could receive late clearance to play. Game 7 is also a possibility if it is required.

The Pelicans have pushed the Suns without Booker, though Phoenix is in decent shape to survive anyway. They carry a 3-2 series lead into Game 6, and still have Game 7 at home in the worst-case scenario.

If Booker returns in the series at all, it would be a pleasant surprise for the Suns. The initial reports on the extent of the injury very much made it sound as if his series was over.

Extent of Devin Booker’s hamstring injury revealed

Devin Booker dribbles down the court

Feb 25, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) drives against New Orleans Pelicans in the second half at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

The Phoenix Suns are viewed by many as the favorite to win the NBA title, but they are going to have to find ways to work toward that goal without their best player for the time being.

Booker suffered a hamstring injury during Game 2 of Phoenix’s first-round series against the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night. He appeared to pull up lame while trying to contest a dunk in transition. He left in the third quarter and did not return.

According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, Booker has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 right hamstring strain. He could be sidelined for 2-3 weeks.

An initial report on Wednesday said Booker would likely miss Game 3 and Game 4 against the Pelicans. The Pelicans are preparing as if he will return in the series, but it does not sound like that is a given.

Booker had 31 points at the time he exited the game. The Pelicans came away with a 125-114 win and now have home-court advantage going forward.

Booker has dealt with hamstring issues in the past, so the Suns may play it safe. They should have enough depth to beat New Orleans without him, but they will need other players to step up.

New video shows apparent moment Devin Booker hurt his hamstring

Devin Booker looks on

Mar 3, 2020; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker prior to the game against the Toronto Raptors at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

A new video is emerging this week of the moment that could change the trajectory of the Phoenix Suns’ season.

Bally Sports Arizona aired an angle that was not seen on the national TV broadcast of Devin Booker’s hamstring injury in Game 2 of Phoenix’s first-round series against the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday. Booker pulled up lame while trying to contest a Jaxson Hayes dunk in transition and seemed to know that something was wrong right away. Take a look.

Booker suffered the hamstring injury midway through the third quarter and was soon after ruled out for the rest of the game. The Suns were defeated 125-114, losing their homecourt advantage in the process as well with the series now tied 1-1. Booker has since been diagnosed with a hamstring strain and is now expected to miss both Games 3 and 4 of the series as well.

The juggernaut Suns still have plenty of depth and are up against an eighth-seed opponent in the Pelicans who won 28 games less than they did in the regular season. But the loss (for now) of their leading scorer and franchise face in Booker will be a tough pill for Phoenix to swallow, especially since Booker has had a history of hamstring issues over the years.