Social media reacts to Devin Booker’s max extension with Suns

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Devin Booker, the high-scoring guard at the heart of Phoenix's rebuilding plans, has signed a five-year, $158 million maximum contract with the Suns.

The 21-year-old, who is an elite scorer perhaps best remembered for dropping 70 points in a game against the Celtics in 2017, tweeted a photo of himself smiling while signing the contract Saturday night.

Booker averaged 24.9 points in his second National Basketball Association season and 22.1 points in his third season for the Suns.

Bagley, the No. 2 overall pick out of Duke, experienced a tweak in his right hip flexor/groin area during a summer league game against Phoenix while making his debut, the team announced Saturday.

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Booker, 21, said he was "humbled and honored" to make a long-term commitment to the Suns. "I loved calling Phoenix home the last 3 seasons as this team & community are special to me. Devin and the team both wanted to extend his agreement with the club as long as we possibly could".

Shortly after the contract became official, the Suns posted a video on their Twitter account of Booker, thanking the fans and expressing his excitement to remain with the franchise.

The Suns are banking on Booker to be the player that leads them back to winning ways in the coming years and eventually back into the playoffs. "I look forward to the future and pursuing a title as a Phoenix Sun".

While Booker's extension may not come as much of a surprise to some, it certainly added to the excitement level of fans, felt since Phoenix drafted Deandre Ayton No. 1 overall in the 2018 NBA Draft. Ayton and fellow first-rounder Mikal Bridges join Booker and Josh Jackson as the talented young core of the team under new coach Igor Kokoskov.

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