The Phoenix Suns intend to keep young superstar Devin Booker in the Valley of the Sun for as long as they possibly can.
According to Scott Bordow of the Arizona Republic, the Suns are expected to offer Booker a big contract in the offseason to ensure he stays in town.
According to Bordow’s report; “It’s expected that the Suns will offer Booker a max five-year contract extension worth $156 million next summer, and Booker told AZCentral Sports in October that he’d sign the deal.”
The Suns are dedicated to keeping Booker happy and in the Suns uniform. Additionally, the team is planning on letting Booker have input on the team’s direction.
Suns general manager Ryan McDonough said that Booker would have input in a coaching search and roster moves.
Suns’ DeAndre Ayton Not Worried About Being Overshadowed by Luka Doncic
Doncic, who seems to be the clear cut favorite to win Rookie of the Year honors, is taking the spotlight among all rookies this season.
Ayton isn’t concerned.
“I don’t care. That’s on them,” Ayton said, according to The Athletic.’s Michael Lee,
“The only thing for me, I want to win. This is an organization where we can make a lot of history and we have hungry fans and that’s the only thing on my mind. The only thing for me is to be consistent as a rookie, to keep playing hard, keep being coachable and just listen.”
Ayton is averaging 16.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game this season.
“We all have different paths,” said Suns head coach Igor Kokoskov.
“We all live our own lives. It’s a good story for media and they all compare. In 20 years, it’s fair to draw the lines and see where we are, what we achieve. Maybe we have two Hall of Fame players. And that’s a pretty good class.”
Wizards’ Trevor Ariza Talks Suns Departure
Washington Wizards forward Trevor Ariza, who was recently acquired via trade with the Phoenix Suns appeared to take a shot at his former team when talking about his departure from the Valley of the Sun.
“They were struggling a little bit, but they couldn’t have been struggling worst than what I was struggling with (laughs),” Ariza said, according to the Washington Post’s Candace Buckner.
“So everybody have their things that they go through, it’s just about how you get through them or how do what you need to do to try to change them.”
Ariza is now focusing on the future with the Wizards.
“Being here, I plan to come in and just try to work through whatever it is we’re going through at the time.”
Suns Fans Petitioning for Robert Sarver to Sell Team
Fans are taking their disdain a step further, and have started a petition to force Sarver to sell the team.
Sarver has been brutally terrible with his running of the once proud and successful organization, with his constant meddling and micro-managing that has held the Suns team back.
The recent issues with Talking Stick Arena and Sarver, who threatened relocation before backtracking, was the breaking point for
longtime fan Josh Miller, who started a petition on the website change.org, according to The Arizona Republic.
“From their inception in 1968, through 2010, the Phoenix Suns were one of the NBA’s model franchises,” wrote Miller in the petition’s description. “The Suns were typically among contenders for the NBA championship. In their history, the Suns have won 7 division titles, and played in the NBA Finals twice. Despite not winning a championship, until recently, the Suns had the fourth highest winning percentage in NBA history.”
The petition goes on to make a plea for NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to step in:
“The only solution is for Mr. Silver to force Robert Sarver to sell the team to an owner who wants to invest in the franchise and is interested in putting together a basketball team that can compete in the NBA.”
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