Reports surfaced earlier in the week that the Suns and the 21-year-old were working toward a long-term pact, and it didn't take long before the details were formally worked out. Since entering the NBA in 2015, Booker has emerged as one of the elite shooting guards in the league, despite lacking the luxury of playing alongside premier playmakers. During his third NBA campaign in 2017-18, Booker averaged 24.9 points, 4.7 assists and 4.5 rebounds while shooting 38.3 percent from three-point range.
There was reportedly some recent tension when Booker's close friend Tyler Ulis was released by the organization, but it appears the two sides were still able to work things out and an agreement could be finalized as soon as this upcoming weekend. Over his first three years in the league, Booker has quickly established himself as an elite offensive talent and is coming off a 2017-18 campaign where he averaged 24.9 points, while shooting 43.2 percent from the field and 38.3 percent from deep. Whether the deal ultimately gets completed or not, Booker should be the go-to option again this season for the Suns.
Booker (hand) will not play during Tuesday's season finale against the Mavericks, Scott Bordow of The Arizona Republic reports.
Booker has missed the past 11 games due to a hand injury, and there's little incentive to rush him back for an essentially meaningless game at the end of the season. He'll finish his third year in the league averaging 24.9 points on 43.2 percent from the field and 38.3 percent from deep, 4.7 assists and 4.5 rebounds across 34.5 minutes.
Booker (hand) is not expected to play Tuesday against the Mavs, Scott Bordow of AZCentral.com reports.
Booker hasn't played in nearly a month, and the Suns have little reason to bring him back from what's ultimately a meaningless game. T.J. Warren and Elfrid Payton are also expected to remain out, per Bordow.
Booker (hand) was officially ruled out for Sunday's game against the Warriors.
As expected, Booker will not play Sunday and there doesn't appear to be much of a chance of him returning for the team's season finale in Dallas. Booker is on track to end the season with 12 straight absences and will have played a career-low 54 games this year.
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