Devin Booker and Phoenix Suns agree upon five-year, $158 million extension

Devin Booker commits to the Phoenix Suns on a five-year deal that will see him in the Arizona desert during his prime NBA years.

The Phoenix Suns and star guard Devin Booker have agreed to a five-year, $158 million contract extension, according to Booker himself.

Booker, 21, has the ability to earn an additional $32 million -- bringing the value of his contract to nearly $190 million -- if he earns an All-NBA first-, second-, or third-team selection, or is named either MVP or Defensive Player of the Year this upcoming season.

This "super-max" designated rookie scale maximum contract extension would reflect 30 percent of the 2019-20 salary cap, should Booker reach the accolade-based criteria. The NBA's most recent memo sent out to teams this week has the 2019-20 salary cap projection at $109 million.

Booker averaged 24.9 points, 4.7 assists, and 4.0 rebounds a game this past season for the Suns, improving in nearly every statistical category for the third consecutive season. His average of 24.9 points per game is the highest by a Sun since Amar’e Stoudemire averaged 25.2 points in 2007-08.

Booker recorded a 30-point outing once every 2.5 games this past season, which was the second highest rate in the NBA behind only New Orleans’ Anthony Davis (32 in 75 games; scored 30 once every 2.3 games).

The contract extension would solidify the Suns' commitment to Booker and reinforce to the league that he is their cornerstone piece.

Taken with the No. 13 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, Booker has quickly established himself as one of the rising stars in the league. He won the three-point shootout at All-Star Weekend in 2018, while making All-Rookie First-Team Honors in 2015-16.

Booker joined LeBron James (twice), Kevin Durant (twice), Karl-Anthony Towns, Tracy McGrady, Rick Barry, Bernard King and Carmelo Anthony as the only players in NBA history to average at least 24 points in a season that ends while that player is still just 21 years old. 

Since 1985, Booker is one of six players to average at least 24 points and 4.0 assists in his third season. Each of the previous five would go on to win either NBA MVP and/or NBA Finals MVP in their career: Derrick Rose (2010-11), LeBron James (2005-06), Dwayne Wade (2005-06), Allen Iverson (1998-99), and Michael Jordan (1986-87).

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