NBA Rumor: Devin Booker Extension?

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Since the All-Star break, Booker was one of three players to average 30 points while shooting 50% from the field and 40% on 3-pointers, per ESPN Stats & Information research. The other players were Kevin Durant and Jayson Tatum. He is also one of three players to average at least 25 points in each of the past four seasons, joining Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James. Defensively, he averaged a career-high 1.1 steals and held opponents to a career-best 41.9% as the closest defender (according to Second Spectrum tracking) and contested 88.4% of shots faced as the closest defender for the first time in his career. If there is a concern to the supermax it is the $113 million that Booker is owed in the final two seasons.


“I’ve been treated right from the day I was drafted, even when I was a rookie and didn’t play much,” Booker told azcentral sports. “The city of Phoenix took me in with open arms and made me a part of their family. I’ve learned the history and traditions of the team. I know how much the city cares about the franchise and that means a lot to me, playing somewhere where people actually care about the franchise. I love it here, I bought a house here and I intend to be here for a long time.

Booker said in October that he would be willing to sign the five-year, $156 million contract extension the Suns can offer him this summer. Asked if anything – or everything – that has happened this season has changed his mind, he chuckled and said: “I mean, that’s a whole other discussion. A lot goes into that. When that time comes I’ll have to make a decision.” But then he added, “I’ve always said this is the place I want to be so if everything works out, yeah.”

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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