Devin Booker to Have Input in Suns' Decisions, GM Says

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistDecember 29, 2017

PHOENIX, AZ - DECEMBER 26: Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns is introduced prior to the game against the Memphis Grizzlies on December 26, 2017 at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)
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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. 

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." 

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