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Suns, Devin Booker Agree To 5-Year, $158M Max Contract Extension

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The Phoenix Suns have ensured that Devin Booker remains a franchise cornerstone for many years to come as they agreed to terms with the rising superstar on a five-year, $158M max contract extension, according to Yahoo Sports’ Shams Charania.

Booker, 21, is one of the NBA’s brightest young stars and continues to make strides each season, doing so again this season by posting career highs in points, with 24.9 ppg, assists with 4.7, rebounds with 4.5, three-point shooting at 38.3%, and free throw shooting at 87.8%.

 

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Suns Sign Jamal Crawford

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The Phoenix Suns have added shooting guard Jamal Crawford to their backcourt as they signed the veteran to a one-year, $2.4 million deal for the veteran’s minimum, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

With the move, the Suns had to trim 3 players from their roster by the 5pm ESt deadline, and have waived guard Shaquille Harrison and forward Darrell Arthur and are shopping Davon Reed on the trade market as well.

 

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Suns’ Devin Booker to Return Opening Night

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The Phoenix Suns will start the 2018-2019 regular season with their franchise cornerstone, shooting guard  Devin Booker, back on the court, according to Suns head coach Igor Kokoskov on Monday.

Booker will likely wear a splint on his pinky/ring finger after missing the entire preseason after undergoing surgery to repair an injury to the fifth metacarpophalangeal joint in his right hand in early September.

 

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Suns’ Ryan McDonough Believes Devin Booker Can Be Like James Harden

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Phoenix Suns general manager Ryan McDonough may not have a true, blue starting point guard in the fold as of yet, but he certainly believes that Devin Booker can take on more of the floor general role, pointing to Houston Rockets guard James Harden as his prototype player.

“I think, yeah, in terms of the efficiency that Harden plays with,” McDonough said, according to Evan Sidery of Bright Side of the Sun. “How he scores so efficiently from the three-point line, at the rim and the free throw line. That should be the prototype for Devin offensively, in terms of offensive efficiency.”

In fact, McDonough sees a lot of similarities between Booker and the MVP guard.

“Yeah, that’s the guy” McDonough stated.

“If you look at an offensive guard with similar size, I think at the same stage of their career, I think Devin is a little bit better of a shooter, spot-up shooter.” McDonough said. “Harden is very physically imposing. Devin’s gotten stronger, he’s only 21 years old, but if you look at Harden up-close he’s strong and physical and I think that helps getting to the basket drawing fouls. That’s a guy we certainly look at.”

Phoenix’s general manager also spoke about Booker’s continued focus on watching film from other guards in the league.

“Devin watches as much film and NBA basketball as anybody and tries to steal things, especially from the elite guards around the league, I think you’ll see some of that in the way Devin plays and develops, especially as he matures.”

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