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Suns’ Devin Booker Talks Max Extension, Believes D’Angelo Russell Is Next

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Phoenix Suns superstar, and franchise cornerstone, Devin Booker is still basking in the glow of his new max extension contract, which he signed with the team last week, and recently discussed his new five-year, $158 million rookie-scale extension.

“It’s a life-changing moment for all of us,” Booker said after signing his extension, according to Michael Scotto of The Athletic. “Obviously, everybody wants to be in that situation to be a max player, and it comes at different times for people, so I think D’Angelo, I was with him yesterday, he looks at it as motivation, something that he’s going to get towards. I know Karl Towns is most likely going to do his this summer I would think, but it’s a blessing for sure.”

Booker also spoke about his friend, Brooklyn Nets’ point guard D’Angelo Russell, and his belief that Russell is ready to make a big step and earn his own max contract.

“I think he’s more focused than ever right now,” Booker said of Russell.

“Like I said earlier, everybody has…comes at different times and different opportunities. He’s in a whole new situation in Brooklyn, and I think he looked at that as a fresh start and he’s been working hard this summer. I know he’s been in New York grinding with the team and I’ve been in Los Angeles. Every time we talk on the phone it’s like, ‘I’m working’ and he’s saying the same thing. He’s locked in and ready to go.”

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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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