Devin Booker will do whatever he needs to do to recruit help to Suns
Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker has been determined to build his basketball nirvana in the place he now calls home, hoping his partnership with top draft pick Deandre Ayton will one day be attractive enough to entice All-Star-caliber players to come play alongside them.
“I’ll do whatever I have to do,” Booker told Shaun Powell of NBA.com, when asked about recruiting help in the near future. “I think Phoenix is a place where people can see the potential, see our young nucleus.”
That dream will have to start with winning, as the 4-19 Suns don’t have any particular draw to them, besides the money they could offer to pending free agents.
Booker’s three-plus seasons in the league have been filled with losing, being part of 23-, 24- and most-recently a 21-win season with the Suns, all while boasting four different coaches since the start of his career in the league.
“My whole career except for the NBA, I’ve been a winner,” Booker said. “I want to get back to that. I’m done with not making the playoffs.”
Besides the winning, the Suns have also lacked a clear direction after parting ways with Eric Bledsoe and badly hurting for a point guard ever since. To compound that, the Suns fired general manager Ryan McDonough, who was the architect behind several moves made by the organization in recent years — now leaving the team without a clear place to steer this roster into.
The guard’s hope for building a superteam in Phoenix could be years away from happening or even a mere fantasy, but Devin Booker is committed to this team for the long haul after signing a five-year, $158 million extension in the summer.