Suns rookie Devin Booker’s day was booked full with a team practice, a documentary shoot with The Players’ Tribune and a 3-Point Shootout practice in front of Suns employees before he had to hurry to a dentist appointment while his father is visiting. The only thing more full was Booker’s car when he was ready to leave the arena. They got the rook. Booker: “That’s why there’s Uber.” The car’s interior and trunk was filled with styrofoam packing peanuts. Booker suspected “the managers” but the prank’s genius was teammate Mirza Teletovic, who left Booker a message for the suns.com video of the prank.
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The problem was, when the Bucks probed, the 76ers weren’t interested in doing a deal straight up for Knight, sources said. A stalemate ensued. It only broke when the second important event happened, which was Dragic publicly demanding a trade away from the Suns just a few days before the deadline. The Suns, fearing they would lose Dragic for nothing in free agency, became motivated to deal.
Coach Jason Kidd had a target in mind as a replacement, former NBA Rookie of the Year Carter-Williams. Both are represented by the same agency, Excel Sports. Another factor was that Carter-Williams, who Kidd felt he could mold and improve his shaky shooting, was under contract for two more seasons at a total of $5.5 million. “When we made the decision to trade Brandon, it gave us the opportunity to not only look at [Carter-Williams] but also flexibility going into the summer,” Kidd said earlier this season. “At that point, we had to figure out which one we could move and had the opportunity to get something in return.”