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Former NBA GM Believes Devin Booker Could be Traded

(Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)

(Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE via Getty Images)

The NBA recently released the entire version of the 2019-20 schedule, hosting an entire event on NBATV dedicated to breaking down the important games for the upcoming season.

Former NBA General Manager of the Atlanta Hawks, Wes Wilcox, was on the air to provide some commentary and, eventually, the conversation led into players he believed could be on the move in the future.

Some of the players listed were obvious: Chris Paul (Thunder) and Kevin Love (Cavaliers). Andre Iguodala (Grizzlies) was on the list and is widely expected to find his way to a contender by the time the playoffs roll around. Also making the list was Bradley Beal (Wizards), John Wall’s running mate in D.C., who has also been involved in trade rumors throughout the summer (specifically with the Miami Heat). Then we get into the bigger contracts for players still under 25, such as Andrew Wiggins (Timberwolves) and Devin Booker (Suns).

Wilcox tabs Booker and Wiggins as “future” players on the trading block.

Booker is about to enter the first year of his recent five-year, $158 million extension, and at 22-years old has already been the face of the franchise for a couple of seasons now. The thought of trading Booker right now seems highly unrealistic, but something that shouldn’t be glossed over when looking forward.

Obviously, the Minnesota Timberwolves would love to get off of Wiggins outstanding five-year, $147 million deal. Whereas the Suns had no issue giving Booker even more money. Booker is also two years younger than Wiggins and the obvious choice when choosing between the two. So why would the Suns want to potentially trade him?

Well, there are several reasons, and there’s some precedent to them, too.

Phoenix is entering that stage where they need to identify if Booker can become a player of a high enough caliber that can lead them to an NBA Championship. This team isn’t going to be losing games on purpose anymore (at least to start the season) and Booker is expected to lead them to any success they might encounter. If he doesn’t show those signs this season, is it time they rework their rebuild? Phoenix also has Deandre Ayton and Mikal Bridges, promising youngsters they could shift more focus to if things don’t work out with Booker.

Because there might be a point where the return on trading Booker is higher than the cost of keeping him. The Suns have a load of young players on small contracts they could hope to develop. Experimenting with them might be a route they take, although not one I would venture down. If the opportunity to bring in an elite young player along with future picks presents itself, it might be worth at least poking around if you’re the Suns.

I don’t believe that Phoenix is truly even entertaining the thought of trading Booker. He’s a player that has grown to be more effective and more efficient the more often he has the ball in his hands. As his usage rate has spiked, so has his shooting percentages. He was thrown into playing both guard positions last season and thrived as the team’s only reliable scorer. You don’t just trade someone like him away unless it’s a King’s ransom. We’re talking a haul that would embarrass the deal that sent Kawhi Leonard from the San Antonio Spurs to the Toronto Raptors.

And unless Phoenix knows it can lure in another player(s) that are just as good or promise to be better than Booker, trading him would be a fool’s move. All five of the other players listed by Wilcox make sense that they could be traded this year, and the only reason I might bite on the idea of Booker being dealt is the decade-worth of incompetent decision making from the front office in Phoenix.

The Suns are going to be a ton of fun this year, even if they don’t make the playoffs in a loaded Western Conference. Unless Booker pulls an Anthony Davis and requests out, he’s going to be the heart and soul of this squad for the foreseeable future.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA and UK Hoops. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

10 Comments for Former NBA GM Believes Devin Booker Could be Traded

  1. Looother
    8:35 pm August 14, 2019 Permalink

    “Unless Booker pulls an Anthony Davis and requests out”

    Ha! Good one!

  2. Tom Bombadil
    8:44 pm August 14, 2019 Permalink

    Wonder how his defense is coming along? That Wisconsin player just abused Booker.. I can’t get that out of my head. Sux..Lol. So it’s just amazing hearing him as a franchise player at 153 million for 5 yrs. Go get that $!! #BBNBA in the house!

    • catsarerunnin
      8:53 pm August 14, 2019 Permalink


    • stratblend
      11:40 pm August 14, 2019 Permalink

      Trollin’ Trollin’ Trollin’. Keep on ‘tardin’ Trollin… (hope none of those Cards rode those hookers) Rawhide

    • nocode96
      12:12 am August 15, 2019 Permalink


  3. neat1ky
    9:16 pm August 14, 2019 Permalink

    I would still take Booker and Ullis at the end of the game instead of the twins and leave defense to Willie and Towns. We needed offense the last 4 minutes

    • J-Dub421
      12:05 am August 15, 2019 Permalink

      Ulis and Booker weren’t giving us offense in that game either. Both combined scored less than either of the Harrisons.

    • KentuckyVSEveryone
      11:44 am August 15, 2019 Permalink

      J-Dub…yes the scored way less than the twins, but mainly bc of the playing time. And what happened at the end of that game?…4 straight offensive possession that were GARBAGE (2 resulting in shot clock violations!!)
      Tyler and Book would have at least been able to create offense during those possessions. Or at the very least get a freaking shot off that we might have offensive rebounded! But it’s the past so it’s woulda coulda shoulda

    • nocode96
      12:14 am August 15, 2019 Permalink

      It was like 4 years ago, until someone invents a time machine, keeping on reliving it isn’t going to change the outcome.

  4. Bluebloodtoo
    10:28 am August 15, 2019 Permalink

    At some point you’d think these franchises would realize that the time of one superstar leading them to championships is over. It takes 3 or 4 superstars to compete with the 2 or 3 loaded teams that show up every year.