Phoenix Suns general manager Ryan McDonough said Thursday that shooting guard Devin Booker will be consulted on all big moves the franchise makes moving forward, "including the search for a new coach, free agency and the draft."
"With his emergence and importance to not only what we’re doing in the short term but hopefully in the next decade-plus, I think it’s important to make him a partner in the process," McDonough told AZ Central's Scott Bordow.
It's a prudent move by McDonough considering the 21-year-old Booker has already established himself as the face of the franchise less than three full seasons into his NBA tenure.
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In 26 appearances so far this season, the 2015 lottery pick is averaging a career-high 24.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.2 assists while shooting 45.2 percent from the field and 38.0 percent from three.
Following the 2017-18 season, Booker will be eligible for a significant raise in the form of a fourth-year extension.
According to Bordow, a max offer would clock in around five years and $156 million with an average annual salary of $27 million beginning with the 2019-2020 campaign.
And to this point, indications are that Booker is keen on a long-term marriage with the Suns.
"I've been treated right from the day I was drafted, even when I was a rookie and didn't play much," he said, per Bordow. "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."