PHOENIX SUNS

Ish Wainright heard he was returning to Suns via a FaceTime call from Devin Booker

Mar 9, 2024, 11:00 AM

Ish Wainright...

Ish Wainright #12 of the Phoenix Suns poses for a portrait during NBA media day on October 02, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Ish Wainright is back where he belongs as a member of the Phoenix Suns and the “president of Arizona” was the one to let him know.

Wainright told reporters after practice on Friday that he flew back to Phoenix — a place he’s called home — the day after being waived by the Portland Trail Blazers in January.

Here in Phoenix, he worked out nearly every day in an effort to stay ready in case another NBA team came calling.

It was during one of the workouts when Wainright got a call from Devin Booker.

“Book called me and he gave me that look like– so it must be good news, he’s like ‘Yeah.’ … I didn’t know (I was coming back) until Book called,” Wainright said. “That’s a different thing right there when you get that phone call from the mayor, the president of Arizona.”

Wainright said Suns personnel from teammates to coaches and even Mat Ishbia kept in touch since he was first let go by the team in October.

“I will never take this game for granted because one day you’ll be in the league and next day you’ll be out … and you never know what can happen,” Wainright said. “I’m back, I’m ready to contribute however I can and not take any day for granted.”

Comments

Comment guidelines: No name-calling, personal attacks, profanity, or insults. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate comments by reporting abuse.
comments powered by Disqus

Phoenix Suns

Timberwolves Nuggets Basketball...

Associated Press

Timberwolves advance after defeating defending NBA champion Nuggets in Game 7

The Timberwolves overcame a 15-point halftime deficit — the largest comeback in a Game 7 in NBA playoff history — in Sunday's win.

19 hours ago

T.J. McConnell...

Associated Press

Pacers punch ticket to Eastern Conference finals with Game 7 win over injured Knicks

The Pacers rode one of the most sensational first halves in Game 7 history to a win over the Knicks, advancing to the Eastern Conference finals.

23 hours ago

Head coach Frank Vogel of the Phoenix Suns reacts during the second half of game three of the Weste...

David Veenstra

Suns GM James Jones on why Frank Vogel was fired: ‘We needed to improve in a lot of areas’

James Jones explained why the Suns fired Frank Vogel and why they waited so long to hire new head coach Mike Budenholzer.

3 days ago

Bradley Beal #3, Kevin Durant #35 and Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns watch from the bench duri...

Nick Borgia

James Jones on Suns’ Big 3: ‘Those guys aren’t going anywhere’

The Suns GM told Arizona Sports’ Burns & Gambo on Friday that there are no plans of trading Devin Booker, Kevin Durant or Bradley Beal.

3 days ago

Mike Budenholzer and James Jones pose for a picture...

Dan Bickley

Suns’ Mike Budenholzer has a chance to reach new heights in Phoenix

Mike Budenholzer has already notched his first victory as Suns head coach. He dominated a must-win introductory press conference Friday.

3 days ago

Phoenix Suns head coach Mike Budenholzer is introducted on Friday, May 17, 2024....

Kevin Zimmerman

Why Suns coach Mike Budenholzer might do what Frank Vogel couldn’t

Phoenix Suns head coach Mike Budenholzer played to a frustrated fan base. He gave reason to believe why he can do what Frank Vogel didn't.

3 days ago

Ish Wainright heard he was returning to Suns via a FaceTime call from Devin Booker