Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns agree to contract extension

Jul 7, 2018, 8:19 PM | Updated: Jul 8, 2018, 2:02 pm

Phoenix Suns' Devin Booker goes to the basket against Indiana Pacers' Cory Joseph during the second...

Phoenix Suns' Devin Booker goes to the basket against Indiana Pacers' Cory Joseph during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, in Indianapolis. The Pacers won 116-101. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

(AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Devin Booker agreed to sign a contract extension with the Phoenix Suns on Saturday, cementing himself as the face of the franchise.

“I am humbled and honored to commit to the Suns organization long term,” Booker in a release. “I have loved calling Phoenix home the last three seasons as this team and community are special to me. Thank you to the Suns for drafting me and believing in me.

“I look forward to the future and pursuing a title as a Phoenix Sun.”

According to Yahoo Sports’ Shams Charania, Booker signed a five-year, $158 million maximum extension.

He and his agent met with Suns owner Robert Sarver, general manager Ryan McDonough and president of basketball operations James Jones on Tuesday.

“We are thrilled to announce this contract extension with Devin,” McDonough said in a release. “‘Book’ has been a pillar for the Suns franchise ever since he arrived in Phoenix in 2015. Devin and the team both wanted to extend his agreement with the club as long as we possibly could.

“This agreement reflects a commitment from both parties to the Phoenix community, the state of Arizona and Suns fans worldwide.”

The 21-year-old Booker averaged 24.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game last season, making him one of nine players in the league and the youngest to average at least 24 points, four rebounds and four assists a night.

The 13th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, Booker’s rookie season took off after injuries to guards Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight. Booker went from playing more than 20 minutes in only six of the team’s first 32 games to averaging over 33 minutes a game the rest of the season en route to an All-Rookie First Team nod.

Looking to cement himself as one of the league’s best young players in year two, Booker put the entire league on notice on March 24, 2017, scoring 70 points in Boston. He set a franchise record for most points in a game while smashing his old career-high of 39, a total he reached after three quarters.

It was the 11th 70-point performance in league history and the first since 2006. That also obliterated the previous scoring record for anyone 21 years old or under (56).

That certified Booker as an up-and-coming star, and in the 2017-18 season, he proved he was not just a rising young player but one of the best shooting guards in basketball. He posted his impressive stat line in a season that had his backcourt mate, Eric Bledsoe, get traded and his head coach, Earl Watson, get fired three games into the year.

With not much talent around him, Booker was consistently seeing double teams but still managed to get his numbers. In a four-game run on the East Coast in late November, Booker averaged 34.6 points per game before an adductor injury saw him miss nine games. He would get right back to where he started in his return, posting point totals of 32, 26, 32 and 34 the first four games he was back.

Booker continued to deal with nagging injuries, though, ultimately sitting out the last 12 games of the season due to a lingering hand injury. He played in only 54 games.

Phoenix Suns

Denver Nuggets assistant coach Patrick Mutombo talks to the team during practice July 8, 2014 at Pe...

Kellan Olson

Suns assistant Patrick Mutombo reportedly headed to Bucks

Former Phoenix Suns assistant coach Patrick Mutombo is heading to Milwaukee, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

15 hours ago

Chris Paul #3 of the Phoenix Suns in action during the second half of a game against the Utah Jazz ...

Kellan Olson

Chris Paul situation spotlights Suns’ level of difficulty this offseason

A bevvy of reports spotlighted on what the Phoenix Suns are deciding to do with Chris Paul shows how difficult this offseason will be.

2 days ago

LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers talks with Chris Paul #3 of the Phoenix Suns following th...

Kellan Olson

Chris Paul’s best potential landing spots if he becomes a free agent

Any team Chris Paul joins will be much better by adding him. What are some of the best possibilities for him if he becomes a free agent?

2 days ago

Chris Paul...

Dan Bickley

Chris Paul’s impact in Suns’ turnaround cannot be overlooked

If former head coach Monty Williams was the agent for change, Chris Paul personally put the program in overdrive.

2 days ago

Chris Paul #3 of the Phoenix Suns in the second half of Game Three of the Western Conference First ...

Arizona Sports

Chris Paul reportedly told he will be waived by Phoenix Suns

The Phoenix Suns notified Chris Paul that he will be waived, Bleacher Report's Chris Haynes reported on Wednesday.

2 days ago

Kevin Young, Phoenix Suns...

Wills Rice

Vogel: Young brings ‘incredible basketball integrity’ to Suns coaching staff

Frank Vogel's staff that includes Kevin Young and David Fizdale is a sign that owner Mat Ishbia is willing to spend when he feels it's needed.

2 days ago

Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns agree to contract extension