The Phoenix Suns might have missed three consecutive postseasons since Devin Booker was drafted in 2015 but the 6’6 guard out of University of Kentucky has high hopes for the franchise, leading to an agreement on a contract extension last Saturday.
The interest is a mutual one and the Suns made that obvious they are keeping one of the game’s youngest and brightest stars in Arizona for the next five years after they agreed to a $158 million max extension on Saturday, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.
Sources: Devin Booker has signed a 5-year, $158M maximum contract extension with the Phoenix Suns.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 8, 2018
Booker elevated his game on every major statistical category this past season with career-highs in points (24.9 per game), three-point percentage (38.3), free-throw shooting percentage (87.8), assists (4.7 per game) and rebounds (4.5 per game).
The 21-year-old Booker, despite going 21-61 with the Suns last season, has bright hopes for the future in a Suns uniform and took time to make that known to fans in Phoenix in an interview with Scott Bordow of AZCentral Sports a while back:
“I’ve been treated right from the day I was drafted, even when I was a rookie and didn’t play much. The city of Phoenix took me in with open arms and made me a part of their family. I’ve learned the history and traditions of the team. I know how much the city cares about the franchise and that means a lot to me, playing somewhere where people actually care about the franchise.
“I love it here; I bought a house here and I intend to be here for a long time.”
The addition of a bright young star in Deandre Ayton, who was drafted number one in the 2018 NBA Draft by the Suns, may prove vital in pushing the Suns into playoff contention next season despite playing in a tough Western Conference. Ayton was enthusiastic about teaming up with Booker and envisions the two of them bringing back memories of the dominant duo in the late nineties and early 2000s, which he termed “Shaq and Kobe 2.0.”
Let’s just hope Booker’s new contract and Ayton’s addition will herald a new sunrise in the Arizona desert for years to come.