The NBA’s 2022 free agency period is underway and the extensions are flying. Devin Booker is among those cashing in on a great recent season as he and the Phoenix Suns have agreed to terms on a four-year, $214 million supermax contract extension.

Not only that but, according to Shams Charania, Booker will also be the cover athlete for NBA 2K23.

That’s quite the day for the All-Star guard.

Booker was entering the final year of a five-year, $158 million deal with Phoenix and the extension will kick in after that deal ends.

The 13th overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft, Booker has been an All-Star each of the last three seasons and came in fourth in MVP voting in 2021-22. Selected to the All-NBA First Team this season, the 25-year-old averaged a career-high 26.8 points as well as 5.0 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 1.1 steals per game.

Given how well the Suns have performed in recent years with Booker as their star, it only makes sense that they would want to wrap him up for the foreseeable future. There’s also the lingering possibility that the franchise could trade for Kevin Durant, who has put Phoenix atop his wish list, though it could be hard for the Suns to put together a worthwhile package that doesn’t include Booker (who cannot be traded for at least one year after signing a supermax deal).

However that situation shakes out, it looks like Booker and the Suns are set to continue their recent string of success. Will they be able to get over the hump and win an NBA title? Is he the right person for the cover of 2K23? There were certainly thoughts about that and other reactions going around the NBA world on Thursday.


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