Age: 22 Height: 6-6 Weight: 206 lbs School: Kentucky
Phoenix Suns rookie center Deandre Ayton and star shooting guard Devin Booker "exchanged words" on Thursday after the team's lopsided 108–86 loss in Portland, Duane Rankin of the Arizona Republic reported.
The Suns are counting on Devin Booker (signed to a max contract extension this year) and Deandre Ayton (drafted No. 1 overall this year) as their franchise players. From rookie Mikal Bridges and Kokoskov having friction during the game to Deandre Ayton and Devin Booker exchanging words afterward, there’s clearly tension and a disconnect with this team right now.
Very few people expected this season to go well for the Phoenix Suns, but it appears emotions are still boiling over behind closed doors. The Suns’ top two players, rookie center Deandre Ayton and star guard Devin Booker, were engaged in a verbal confrontation as members of the media walked into the locker room following Phoenix’s 108-86 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday, according to azcentral. Phoenix’s top two players, Booker and Ayton, exchanged words after the 10-minute cooling off period as members of the media entered the visiting locker room for the tail end of that conversation.
Two teams headed in the wrong direction hope to make a U-turn Thursday night when the Portland Trail Blazers play host to the Phoenix Suns at Moda Center. The Trail Blazers (13-11) have lost eight of their last 11 games as they have fallen from the top spot in the Western Conference to No. 8. The Suns (4-20) have dropped six straight and will be without their top two scorers -- guard Devin Booker (hamstring) and forward T.J. Warren (ankle) -- when they face the Blazers.
Looking to start their four-game road trip off on the right foot, the Sacramento Kings came out with intensity and ran over the Phoenix Suns in the first quarter. With Devin Booker and T.J. Warren both sitting out due to injury, Sacramento jumped all over the Suns coming out of the gate, taking a 36-9 lead into the second. The Kings led by as many as 35 in the first half and continued the domination after the intermission to come away with a 122-105 road victory.