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Report: Suns shut down Devin Booker for remaining 3 games

Devin Booker, Suns

After suffering a left ankle injury on Wednesday against the Utah Jazz, Devin Booker has been shut down by the Phoenix Suns, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.

The Suns only have three games left in the season:

X-rays came back negative for Devin Booker, who sustained the injury in the first quarter of the Suns’ 21-point home loss to the Jazz.

Booker appeared in 64 games this season. The 22-year-old averaged 26.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 6.8 assists per contest while shooting 46.7% from the field, 32.6% from beyond the arc and 86.6% from the free-throw line.

Booker scored over 40 points five times this season and over 50 points twice. The Suns had another putrid season, but Booker has firmly established himself as one of the best scorers in the NBA. The four-year pro is eighth in the league in scoring.

The Suns signed Booker to a five-year, $158 million maximum contract extension last summer. It kicks in next season.

Phoenix has to get more talent on the roster. The franchise is hoping it lands the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft in order to select Duke’s Zion Williamson.

Phoenix took Deandre Ayton with the No. 1 pick in last year’s draft.