Last season, Phoenix Suns general manager Ryan McDonough made it clear that they want Devin Booker to be the face of the franchise for the next decade and would give him input in major decisions they make.
McDonough told AZCentral's Scott Bordow that "it’s important to make Booker a partner in the process.”
But it appears that he hasn't stuck to his word as the young shooting guard is reportedly upset about a recent decision the team made which he wasn't aware of.
According to Bordow, Booker is angry the Suns released his best friend Tyler Ulis without letting him know.
"...Booker was upset with the Suns’ front office that he wasn’t given a heads-up about the decision," Bordow said.
"Ulis and Booker have been best friends since they played together at Kentucky. The source said Booker was more upset about the lack of communication than he was Ulis’ release."
The 21-year-old was delighted when Phoenix drafted Ulis with the 34th pick in the 2016 draft and he has shown some promise during his time in Arizona, particularly in his rookie season.
But he didn't progress the way the team would've wanted last year and with Bradon Knight coming back from an ACL injury, as well as drafting French point guard Elie Okobo recently, the Suns decided to waive Ulis and save money under the salary cap.
The franchise will be using most of its cap space on veteran free agent Trevor Ariza who has agreed a one-year, $15 million deal.
The last thing the front office needs to do at this stage is anger Booker as he's eligible for a max contract extension this summer.
Phoenix is desperate to tie the talented youngster down to a long-term deal and can offer him a five-year contract worth more than $150 million.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Booker is scheduled to meet with owner Robert Sarver and GM McDonough concerning his extension on Tuesday.
But Bordow claims that the player's frustration with the way his close friend was treated will not change his desire to commit to the franchise.
In October, he made it clear that he would sign the deal and it would be a major surprise if he doesn't as no NBA rookie has ever turned down a max extension.
"The city of Phoenix took me in with open arms and made me a part of their family. I've learned the history and traditions of the team," Booker told AZCentral.
"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.
"I love it here, I bought a house here and I intend to be here for a long time."
The former Kentucky man is expected to make his intentions clear very soon when he puts pen to paper on the lucrative new deal.
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