NBA writer backs up Stephen A. Smith’s report linking Devin Booker to Knicks: ‘I’ve heard similar things’

Peter Dewey
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The Ringer’s Wosny Lambre shared on social media that he’s “heard similar things” to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith that Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker wants to join the New York Knicks.

It’s interesting that Booker’s interest in the Knicks is more widespread than just Smith’s report, especially since the Suns were swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Minnesota Timberwolves this season.

Phoenix built a Big 3 of Kevin Durant, Bradley Beal and Booker, but now the team has very little flexibility to improve the roster around them.

Phoenix does not have control over any of its own first-round picks until 2031, and the team is locked into Beal and his no-trade clause – unless he wants to waive it to join another team.

If the Suns do decide to move on from Booker to rebuild the roster – or if the star guard requests a trade – it’s possible that the Knicks could put together a package for the four-time All-Star.

New York has a handful of first-round picks (although some are protected) over the next two drafts that could help it make a major offer for Booker. The team also has impactful role players like Donte DiVincenzo, Josh Hart and Mitchell Robinson that are under contract after this season and could be of interest to Phoenix.

However, New York may not want to mess with its current core, as the team earned the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference this season and currently has a 3-1 series lead on the No. 7-seeded Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the playoffs.

With Jalen Brunson (an All-Star for the first time this season) leading the way, New York could make a deep run in the playoffs. Plus, the team may want to see how it fares next season when Julius Randle (out for the rest of the current season with a shoulder injury) is likely to return to the floor.

Still, Booker would be an interesting option, especially if he were to ask to be traded to New York.

During the 2023-24 regular season, the University of Kentucky product averaged 27.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game while shooting 49.2 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from 3-point range.

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Peter is a graduate of Quinnipiac University where he covered the MAAC and college basketball for three years. He has worked for NBC Sports, the Connecticut Sun and the Meriden Record-Journal covering basketball, football and other major sports. Follow him on Twitter @peterdewey2.