While the Phoenix Suns may have no intent in trading their star guard Devin Booker, he’s emerged as a player the New York Knicks may target this offseason, according to a report from the New York Post’s Marc Berman.
Booker has ties to Leon Rose, the Knicks’ President, which may help the cause. And, the Knicks do have the assets to bring Booker it — it'd most likely just take far more than desirable.
“However, since Leon Rose was hired as president, the player to watch out for most is Suns combo guard Devin Booker, according to league sources. If Rose hires Tom Thibodeau, Towns — a former Rose client — no longer makes sense because of their history.
“Booker and Towns were Rose clients who played at Kentucky, which means Knicks adviser William Wesley is close to each. Rose has done well with Kentucky standouts because of Wesley,” Berman wrote.
There’s a lot to like in there for Knicks fans.
However, the fact of the matter is that Booker is a top-25 player in the NBA, and if we’ve seen anything from the league in the past few years, trading for high-profile stars is never as ideal as it seems, especially one that’s already on a long-term deal.
Rose may be ready to ship the assets for a player of Booker’s talent though as he’s already claimed that wants to enhance the team’s lacking offense.
“Last week, Rose said he’s prepared to beef up the offensively challenged Knicks through ‘the draft, trades and free agency.’” Berman noted.
Booker, a former first-round pick and Kentucky standout, averaged 26.1 points per game this year on 49% from the field. In more of a distributor role, Booker also notched 6.6 assists per game.
A free agent in 2024, Booker signed a massive deal in the 2018 offseason, locking him in Phoenix for half a decade. That said, it’s unlike the Suns part ways with their stars, but never say never in the NBA.