NBA players give congrats after Mikal Bridges agrees to contract extension with Suns
Phoenix Suns wing Mikal Bridges is $90 million richer, having agreed to a four-year extension with the Suns, his agency told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
He celebrated the life-changing signing with some strong teammate meme-ing.
— Mikal Bridges (@mikal_bridges) October 17, 2021
Other NBA players were happy for the fourth-year pro.
President of the National Basketball Players Association, the Portland Trail Blazers’ C.J. McCollum, as well as Bridges’ Suns teammate Cam Payne shot off congratulatory tweets.
So did Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, who like McCollum has been on the receiving end of #MikalJail in their matchups with Phoenix.
— Cameron Payne (@campayne) October 17, 2021
— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) October 17, 2021
— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) October 17, 2021
Two of Bridges’ former teammates, the Dallas Mavericks’ Jalen Brunson (Villanova) and Sacramento Kings’ Richaun Holmes (Suns), also gave their congrats.
— Jalen Brunson (@jalenbrunson1) October 17, 2021
CONGRATS BRODIE WELL DESERVED! https://t.co/JOQsYRpNlW
— Richaun Holmes (@Rich_Holmes22) October 17, 2021
Former Suns general manager Ryan McDonough traded for Bridges on draft night in 2018, after the wing was selected 10th overall by the Philadelphia 76ers. McDonough saw Bridges potentially getting close to $100 million with an extension.
You love to see it 😃 https://t.co/itsBKHMhIZ
— Ryan McDonough (@McDNBA) October 17, 2021
The $22.5 million annual average value of Bridges’ contract in theory should turn out well for the team after Bridges in his third season averaged 13.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game while taking on the best opposing perimeter player each night.
A few media members noted that the contract amount was on the surprising end of the spectrum that favors Phoenix.
Terrific value for Phoenix. Thought he was a $100m-plus guy if he waited until next summer. Now what happens with Ayton? Is Bobby Sarver gonna make it rain? https://t.co/nhhmBJukJo
— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) October 17, 2021
That’s a good deal for PHX, wow. https://t.co/da38NHxtuD
— Chris Herring (@Herring_NBA) October 17, 2021