Earlier this month Devin Booker signed a five-year $158 million extension to remain with the Phoenix Suns. It’s nothing but good news for the sure-fire future All-Star and the club he will undoubtedly lead to at least one NBA championship while he’s in Phoenix.
But while Booker has decided that he’ll be adding his name to the Phoenix Suns’ Ring of Honor one day, unquestionably, he’s all about player movement. Whether that means staying or going.
The borderline but probably future Hall of Fame inductee said as much in Las Vegas last week. Booker was in Sin City participating in USA Basketball’s National Team mini-camp.
“For the most part the players have kind of dictated the movement across the league,” Booker said. “I think it’s great for the fans. I think it’s great for the league both domestically and internationally. It’s just a lot to follow and keep up with.”
This summer has brought LeBron James and DeMarcus Cousins to the Pacific Division, moves that will slightly impede the Suns’ inevitable championship run, but former Sun Isaiah Thomas thinks we need to have an offseason like this every so often.
“All publicity is good for the league, but this was a crazy summer with LeBron going to the Lakers, Paul George staying in OKC, a lot of movement, DeMarcus going to Golden State, it was a lot going on,” Thomas said. “But every now and then a summer needs to be like that for the NBA to keep going.”
Two billion dollars in deals. That’s what the last four weeks has brought us. Charlotte guard Kemba Walker, who many Suns fans would like to see in Phoenix for their title run that’s right around the corner, says that means bigger and better individual efforts.
“The league is definitely shaken-up a little bit, but that’s how it is,” Walker said. “That’s the name of the game. That’s the business. You’re going to see guys go from team to team. ... It’s just forcing everyone to step their games up individually.”
But it was Houston Rockets guard James Harden who summed it up best.
“Nothing that happens in the NBA surprises me anymore.”