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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.”

Cleveland Cavaliers

Cavs’ Rodney Hood Does Not Want to Be Gunner

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The Cleveland Cavaliers coaching staff has been pushing shooting guard Rodney Hood to be more aggressive, but Hood admits that he simply isn’t meant to be a gunner.

“I’m not a gunner,” Hood said, according to Cleveland.com.

“I think it’s not great for our team for me to be a gunner. We have a lot of guys who can score the ball. I draw attention. So when I draw attention, make the dump-off pass and make the right play, spray out to shooters and some nights we hit shots and it’s great and some nights we don’t hit shots and it’s like, ‘You need to shoot the ball more.’

Hood has put up 13.0 ppg this season for Cleveland and admits he is still finding his place in the offense.

“Just figuring it out,” Hood stated. “Trying to figure out the even balance of being real aggressive and making plays like I’ve been trying to do.”

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Wizards’ Trevor Ariza Talks Suns Departure

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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.”

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Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins Not Close to Return

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Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr says that center DeMarcus Cousins isn’t that close to making his return to the court, and essentially his debut with the team.

“We’re not really that close,” Kerr said of Cousins’ progress, according to Anthony Slater of The Athletic.

“I don’t want this to be about: ‘Hey, we’re right there.’ We’re not right there. It’s still going to be some time. We’re going to be patient and continue to give DeMarcus the space he needs to prepare. When the time is right, we’ll have some things planned for him.”

Golden State signed Cousins to the mid-level exception of $5.3 million during the offseason.

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