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Suns’ Devin Booker Willing to Help Recruit Players to Phoenix

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Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker knows that the Suns have young talent on the team, but the team may need to land a marquee free agent to be competitive in the Western Conference, and is willing to help the team recruit players to Phoenix.

“I’ll do whatever I have to do,” Booker told Shaun Powell of NBA.com, when asked about recruiting help in the near future. “I think Phoenix is a place where people can see the potential, see our young nucleus.”

Booker has seen a lot of losing during his time with the Suns, something he has not been used to.

“My whole career except for the NBA, I’ve been a winner,” Booker said. “I want to get back to that. I’m done with not making the playoffs.

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Wizards Preparing Run at Masai Ujiri

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The Washington Wizards are preparing to make a significant offer to Toronto Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri in a an effort to lure him away from the 2019 NBA Champions.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Wizards are looking to offer Ujiri a deal that could approach $10 million annually and also give him the opportunity for ownership equity.

Ujiri, who has two years left on his contract, constructed the NBA Champion Raptors team that just defeated the Golden State Warriors, and his unique vision and team building is credited as helping the Raptors reach the NBA’s ultimate prize.

Wizards owner Ted Leonsis is expected to reach out to Toronto ownership soon to request formal permission to meet with Ujiri, 48, and make him the astronomical offer which includes running the Wizards’ basketball operations and could also include taking on a larger leadership role in the Monumental Sports and Entertainment company that oversees the Wizards and the NHL’s Washington Capitals franchise.

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Warriors’ Klay Thompson Suffers Torn ACL in Left Knee

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Golden State Warriors forward Klay Thompson suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during Game 6 of the NBA Finals, which his team lost to the Toronto Raptors, ending the series.

Thompson was hurt with 2 minutes, 22 seconds left in the third quarter when he was fouled as he attempted a dunk by Raptors guard Danny Green, forcing Thompson to land hard, and awkwardly, and he immediately grabbed his knee in pain and stayed on the floor for several minutes.

Thompson would head to the locker-room, only to return to shoot his free throws and attempt to play, but was pulled following the free throws when Warriors’ center DeMarcus Cousins caused an intentional foul to stop the game.

Thompson was having an incredible night for the Warriors, and had 30 points in 32 minutes, going 8-for-12 from the field and pulling down five rebounds when he exited for good.

“It’s just tough in terms of a guy like Klay that left it all out there,” Warriors guard Stephen Curry said of Thompson (h/t ESPN). “He was playing amazing tonight. And to see a freak play like that where he lands awkwardly. I don’t know the diagnosis yet, but you think about the person and the guy and how much he loves to play the game, and that’s the only thoughts you have. It’s really not about what it means in terms of playing basketball. It’s just I’m more concerned about him as an individual.”

“Obviously he’s a warrior,” Cousins said. “He’s a true definition of a warrior. Dude [was] basically on one leg, and he’s still trying to come out to play. To have a teammate like that, that’s all you can ever ask for. Love that dude to death. I’d go to battle with him any night.”

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Warriors’ Draymond Green Says Team Run Not Over

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Although the Golden State Warriors were defeated by the Toronto Raptors in the 2019 NBA Finals, Warriors forward Draymond Green doesn’t think it’s wise to think that the Warriors run,which has included three titles in the past 5 years, is over.

“I think everybody thinks it’s kind of the end of us,” Green said, according to ESPN. “But that’s just not smart. We’re not done yet. We lost this year. Clearly just wasn’t our year, but that’s how the cookie crumbles sometimes. But, yeah, I hear a lot of that noise, it’s the end of a run and all that jazz. I don’t see it happening, though. We’ll be back.”

Warriors guard Stephen Curry, Green’s teammate, share Green’s sentiment.

“We’ll be thinking about this one. It’s tough,” Curry said. “But our DNA and who we are and the character that we have on this team, I wouldn’t bet against us being back on this stage next year and going forward. So, really proud of the way that we fought until the end, and this five-year run’s been awesome, but definitely don’t think it’s over.”

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr reflected on the Warriors’ dominant run over the past 5 seasons.

“It’s hard to put into words how I feel about our team,” Kerr said. “What I’ve witnessed as their coach over the last five years is just an incredible combination of talent and character and commitment to each other. This just doesn’t happen. A group of guys like this doesn’t come around together and do what they did over the last five years. And I’ve been lucky enough to be their coach. That’s what I told them in the locker room.

“I can’t tell you my gratitude in terms of just being put in this position to be with this group and to coach them and to help them. But I could not be any luckier as a coach to be with these guys every day and to watch them compete and, boy, do they compete. I think they showed that throughout this series and throughout the playoffs.”

Green made it a point to note how the team battled, despite the losing effort.

“Obviously, you feel good about it, but it’s no shocker to us,” Green said. “We know what this team has been made of all along. I said it over and over again, the pretty offense will always be the storyline, but this team, a ton of heart. Everybody that steps on that floor displayed a ton of heart. So it’s no shocker to us that we continue to fight, but we came up a little short and that’s just it.”

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