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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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Pacers Sign Myles Turner to Four-Year, $80 Million Contract Extension

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The Indiana Pacers are signing center Myles Turner to a four-year, $80 million contract extension, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Turner, an ascending player, poured in 12.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game last season for Indiana, who with the new contract now protects their investment in building around Turner as their franchise player.

 

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Clippers Trade Wesley Johnson to Pelicans for Alexis Ajinca

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The Los Angeles Clippers have traded guard Wesley Johnson to the New Orleans Pelicans for center Alexis Ajinca, according to the New York Times’ Marc Stein.

In corresponding moves, the Clippers will waive Ajinca and guard Juwan Evans in order to ensure that they are at 15 player roster limit for opening night later this week, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

According to ESPN’s Bobby Marks, Los Angeles will save $849K by swapping out Wesley Johnson for Alexis Ajinca and are now $3.9M below the luxury tax.

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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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