That transition will accelerate this summer when the Su…

That transition will accelerate this summer when the Suns are expected to offer Booker a five-year max contract extension worth $156 million. Once Booker signs that piece of paper, the responsibility of leading Phoenix back to the playoffs after an eight-year drought will be his to bear. “To (whom) much is given, much is expected,” Dudley said. “Before it was, ‘Hey, we’ll give you three years to feel the NBA out.’ When he gets his max contract, it will all be asked of him.”

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Ever envision yourself going into that Ring? “Definitely,” he answers, without hesitation. “I love it in Phoenix and I want to be one of those guys that gets drafted by one team and stays there the whole time. You know, they turn around the franchise, and they get love for that in that city like they’re the mayor…People still wear Steve Nash jerseys here. That’s definitely something I want to be.”
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