Suns expected to offer Booker five-year max in summer

Suns standout guard Devin Booker left Sunday's game against the Lakers with a hamstring injury

Phoenix Suns shooting guard Devin Booker has already established himself as one of the best pure scorers in the league in just his third season and the franchise intends to pay him as one.

Booker is eligible for a contract extension this summer, and as Scott Bordow of AZCentral.com writes, the Suns are expected to offer Booker a five-year max contract extension worth $156 million.

The 21-year-old Booker, who scored a whopping 70 points last year against the Boston Celtics, is averaging 25.2 points per game this season for the Suns and has taken the next step in his development — becoming the vocal leader of the team.

“He’s starting to really take control of the club,” veteran center Tyson Chandler said. “He’s at the stage now where he’s really wanting to win. When you come in as a young player, you’re just really trying to find yourself. I think he’s past trying to find himself. Now it’s more like, ‘I want to win now, so I need everyone around me to play their part.’ I see for sure, moving to the future, him demanding a lot of our players like the great players do.”

After locking up Booker for the long-term, the Suns’ next step is to surround him with more talent so they can compete for a playoff spot in the rugged Western Conference.

Phoenix currently has the second worst record in the West.