Devin Booker, Suns Reportedly Agree to 5-Year, $158M Max Contract Extension

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistJuly 8, 2018

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker laughs with teammates on the bench after a score against the Dallas Mavericks during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Tuesday, April 10, 2018. For the eighth season in a row, the Suns won’t make the playoffs. Booker, T.J. Warren and rookie Josh Jackson form the core of the young talent the Suns have accumulated. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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Devin Booker will be in the desert for years to come.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reported on Saturday that Booker and the Phoenix Suns came to terms on a five-year, $158 million maximum contract extension. 

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported in early July that the two sides were making progress on a deal.

The 13th overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft has quickly turned into one of the game's most exciting young stars.

The 21-year-old took another step forward this past season, averaging career highs in points (24.9 per game), three-point percentage (38.3), free-throw shooting (87.8), assists (4.7) and rebounds (4.5).

He also took down Klay Thompson and the field in the 2018 Three-Point Contest with an event-record 28 points in the final round:

And then there's his 70-point performance:

He was the youngest player in NBA history to reach that point total.

Scott Bordow of AZCentral Sports previously noted Phoenix could offer a max extension this summer that would be worth around $150 million over five years.

When asked about the idea of signing an extension, Booker told Bordow he wants to remain in a Suns uniform:

"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."

Although he has agreed to a new deal, there was speculation after Phoenix's 21-61 season wrapped that a frustrated Booker may not sign an extension this offseason. Per Bordow, the guard—having gone 0-of-3 to this point—made it known he is sick of watching the playoffs from home. 

Rather than let rumors of his discontent swirl, he quickly eased the minds of Suns fans, via Bordow:

"Don't believe in nonsense. With TV, they need something to talk about. I've always mentioned since my first day here that I fell in love with this city, I fell in love with the fanbase and the dedication they showed to the team.

"I always think about turning the franchise around, to get it back how it used to be. I watch the highlights of (Charles) Barkley and (Steve) Nash and how alive the arena was. One of my goals is to get it back that way."

True to his word, he is committed to seeing this turnaround through.

Count Suns veteran Jared Dudley as a fan of the extension:

Jared Dudley @JaredDudley619

This boi earned this!!!!!!! 21 years old and already a top 5 scorer in the NBA! Now it starts for him! Congrats boi! https://t.co/0qZxLNfwEq

Jared Dudley @JaredDudley619

Name 5 players that score the ball better then him?!! Book shoots the 3, creates his own shot, can post up and gets to the FT line.. look at his percentages fam https://t.co/C9XajastrH

With 2018 No. 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton predicting he and Booker have the potential to be "Shaq and Kobe 2.0," Suns fans would be thrilled to see the duo lead the franchise to championships. (Of course, they also hope for a different ending than the one in Los Angeles.)


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