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Devin Booker is the centerpiece of the Phoenix Suns’ bright future.

It’s been a long journey back to national relevance for the Phoenix Suns. In fact, entering the NBA restart in Orlando, most people wrote them off as dubious invites to the bubble. They had a sub-.500 record and less than a puncher’s chance in hell of actually making the play-in scenario for a playoff spot.

But Devin Booker, who’s been toiling away for this struggling franchise for five years now, is finally getting his chance to play the first meaningful games of his career. And as his performance against the LA Clippers on Tuesday showed, he’s making the most of it.

Finishing with 35 points, eight assists and four rebounds, Book was an absolute flamethrower for the Suns in their 117-115 victory, shooting 13-for-25 from the floor and 6-for-9 from 3-point range. None of those buckets was bigger than his absurd game-winning buzzer-beater over Kawhi Leonard and Paul George:


— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 4, 2020

Devin Booker provided another glimpse of the Suns’ bright future.

The Suns have been the biggest pleasant surprise of the bubble thus far, storming out to a perfect 3-0 record. Booker, who scored 27 points against the Washington Wizards before following up with 30 against the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday, is announcing himself to the basketball world with big-time performances for a team that no one expected much from.

Booker scored eight of his 35 points in the final frame, including back-to-back go-ahead buckets in the final minute. It was his 88th career 30-point game, which means he trails only Walter Davis (90) for the most 30-point game in Suns franchise history. The important footnote there is Booker is only 23 years old and has only played in 337 games, compared to Davis’ 776 games.

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"Im happy for him, but hed be the first one to tell you: Were not done." — Monty Williams on Devin Bookers big moment

— Gerald Bourguet (@GeraldBourguet) August 4, 2020

According to the FOX Sports broadcast, Booker is the sixth-youngest player in NBA history to reach 7,500 career points, trailing only LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant and Tracy McGrady — not bad company to be in at all.

Booker and the Suns have been a joke for too long, but as this game-winner shows (against a double-team, no less!), those days may soon be a thing of the past.

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NBA Rumors: Miami Heat Could Offer Montrezl Harrell A Big One-Year Deal In Free Agency, Report Claims

According to a recent report, it’s possible that the Miami Heat might reload in the offseason by attempting to sign Los Angeles Clippers big man Montrezl Harrell on a lucrative short-term deal.

On Tuesday, Bleacher Report‘s Eric Pincus reported on the Los Angeles Clippers’ possible future following their loss to the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference semifinals and the departure of longtime head coach Doc Rivers earlier this week. Talking about the status of the team’s incoming free agents, he wrote that Harrell is currently in a “tricky” situation, as he is fresh off a series where, at 6-feet-8-inches, he was dominated by the Nuggets’ seven-foot-tall center, Nikola Jokic.

With that in mind, the Bleacher Report writer speculated that the Clippers might not be willing to match the price of rival teams that may show interest in acquiring the 2019-20 Sixth Man of the Year awardee. While Pincus mentioned several teams, including the Atlanta Hawks, Detroit Pistons, and New York Knicks, that have enough salary-cap space to sign Harrell, he quoted one unnamed Eastern Conference executive, who said that the Heat might be among the 26-year-old’s likely suitors despite their interest in Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo.

“They will leave space for Giannis, but they could give [Harrell] a big one-year deal. They always figure it out.”

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As explained by Pincus, Miami would likely need to make a few considerations before potentially signing Harrell. These include coming up with the right price to re-sign veteran point guard Goran Dragic, as well as “[finding] a way out” of center/forward Kelly Olynyk’s player option, which is valued at $13.2 million. However, the aforementioned executive also brought up the possibility of landing Harrell via a sign-and-trade deal, which could give him a wider range of options apart from the aforementioned teams.

As shown on his Basketball-Reference page, Harrell had a career-best season in 2019-20 in various statistical categories, averaging 18.6 points and 7.1 rebounds in only 27.8 minutes per game and shooting 58 percent from the field. He was, however, among the players mentioned in a recent story that discussed the alleged conflict within the Clippers organization during this year’s postseason, as he and Paul George reportedly had a “heated” argument over a turnover during Game 2 of their series against Denver.

Aside from the Heat, Hawks, Knicks, and Pistons, a few other organizations have been linked to Harrell, including the Phoenix Suns. The erstwhile Clippers star’s potential ability to effectively run pick-and-roll plays with All-Star shooting guard Devin Booker was brought up as a reason why he could be a good fit in Phoenix.

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