Devin Booker signs 5-year, $158M max extension
Former Kentucky guard Devin Booker may not be old enough to rent a car from certain dealerships, but he has enough money to purchase any business that dares to turn him away. Late Saturday night, the 21-year-old signed a five-year, $158 million maximum contract extension with the Phoenix Suns, confirming earlier reports by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
I am humbled & honored to commit to the Suns organization long term. I loved calling Phoenix home the last 3 seasons as this team & community are special to me. Thank you to the Suns for drafting me and believing in me. I look forward to the future & pursuing a title as a Sun. pic.twitter.com/AHRaraPww6
— Devin Booker (@DevinBook) July 8, 2018
Booker’s contract is the seventh-largest in terms of total value in NBA history, trailing only John Wall ($170.9 million) of the Washington Wizards as the second-richest former Wildcat in the league.
Former UCLA standout Tyler Honeycutt dies at age 27
Former first-team All-Pac-10 performer Tyler Honeycutt passed away of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after a standoff with police last Friday in Los Angeles. Honeycutt averaged 10.3 points and 6.9 rebounds per game in two seasons with UCLA.
England and Croatia advance to semifinals of World Cup
England defeated Sweden 2-0 in Saturday’s first match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup quarterfinals. Croatia needed both extra time and a full slate of penalty kicks to defeat host Russia after a 2-2 deadlock, earning the last spot in the tournament’s semifinal round. The final four kicks off with France and Belgium on Tuesday at 2 p.m. ET, followed by England versus Croatia on Wednesday at the same time.
Kevin Knox impresses in NBA Summer League debut
After coupling his selection with the ninth overall pick in last month’s NBA Draft with a ceremonious chorus of boos from New York Knicks fans, Kevin Knox led his team to a 91-89 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday in Las Vegas. Knox finished with a team-high 22 points, eight rebounds, one steal, and a block in his NBA Summer League debut. The 18-year-old opened his big performance with a steal and fast-break dunk through traffic and never looked back.
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) July 7, 2018
Malik Monk to miss 6-8 weeks with broken thumb
Former Kentucky star Malik Monk suffered a fractured right thumb last Friday in the Charlotte Hornets’ 88-87 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Monk managed 23 points on 9-for-16 (.562) shooting from the floor and 4-of-9 (.444) attempts from three-point range, in addition to two assists and two steals, over 27 minutes in the win. The former Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year will miss the remainder of NBA Summer League action and be re-evaluated in six-to-eight weeks.
NBA Summer League continues
|3:00 p.m.||Minnesota Timberwolves||Toronto Raptors (Marquis Teague)||NBA TV|
|3:30 p.m.||Washington Wizards (Aaron Harrison)||San Antonio Spurs||ESPN 2|
|5:00 p.m.||Charlotte Hornets (Malik Monk)||Miami Heat (Bam Adebayo)||NBA TV|
|5:30 p.m.||Portland Trail Blazers (Archie Goodwin)||Atlanta Hawks||ESPN 2|
|9:00 p.m.||Utah Jazz||New York Knicks (Kevin Knox)||NBA TV|
|9:30 p.m.||Memphis Grizzlies||Orlando Magic (Isaiah Briscoe)||ESPN 2|
|11:00 p.m.||Sacramento Kings (Wenyen Gabriel)||LA Clippers (Shai Gilgeous-Alexander)||NBA TV|