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Phoenix Suns general manager Ryan McDonough told reporters Thursday that rising star Devin Booker will have a say in all of the team’s major decisions going forward.
Booker is the face of the Suns and will play a significant role in helping Phoenix’s front office build the franchise into a winner around him.
“With his emergence and importance to not only what we’re doing in the short term but hopefully in the next decade-plus, I think it’s important to make him a partner in the process,” McDonough said. “Kind of show him the blueprint and vision we have not only for the rest of this season, but for the summers of 2018, 2019, 2020, etc. In terms of what he thinks are important characteristics for a head coach to have, what’s important to us as an organization and how we build over a number of years.”
Booker, 21, has established himself as the best young scorer in the league. The 6-6 guard is averaging 24.6 points per game this season.
The Suns’ next task is to find another star player who can play alongside Booker and make the game easier for him. Booker is excited to be part of the process.
“I think that comes with what people call being the face of the franchise,” Booker said. “I appreciate that because at the end of the day, it’s determining my future, too. It’s a heavy role, one I’m going to have to do a lot of research on, to see the type of players I want to play with. I’m sure I won’t be making the final decision but just throwing in my two cents and advice.”