The Phoenix Suns have been a franchise in full rebuild mode over the last few seasons and have found the perfect player to take them forward.
Devin Booker has become the face of the Suns organization and has developed into one of the best young stars in the league.
Now in his third year in the NBA, the 21-year-old has embraced his role as the leader of the team despite his young age and is their cornerstone.
Phoenix is hoping the shooting guard enjoys his best years with them and are reportedly ready to tie him to a lucrative long-term deal next summer.
According to Scott Bordow of the Arizona Republic, it’s expected that the Suns will offer Booker a max five-year contract extension worth $156 million, and Booker told azcentral sports in October that he’d sign the deal.
“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,” Booker said. “I love it here, I bought a house here and I intend to be here for a long time.”
His importance to the Suns is likely to grow and general manager Ryan McDonough said last week that the youngster will have a say in the major decisions they make going forward, which will include the search for a new head coach, free agency, and the draft.
“With his emergence and importance to not only what we’re doing in the short term but hopefully in the next decade-plus, I think it’s important to make him a partner in the process,” McDonough said.
Booker appreciates the trust the front office have in him and says he's looking forward to being more involved in matters off the court.
“I think that comes with what people call being the face of the franchise,” Booker said. “I appreciate that because at the end of the day, it’s determining my future, too.
"It’s a heavy role, one I’m going to have to do a lot of research on, to see the type of players I want to play with. I’m sure I won’t be making the final decision but just throwing in my two cents and advice.”
The Kentucky product is having his best season of his young career, averaging 24.9 points, 4.2 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game for the 14-24 Suns.
With the sharpshooter at their disposal, the future of the Arizona-based outfit is in good hands.