Stephen A. Smith Claims Suns Star Wants to Join the Knicks

Stephen A. Smith reports that a Phoenix Suns star wants to become a New York Knick after playoff elimination.
Apr 20, 2024; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) shakes hands with
Apr 20, 2024; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) shakes hands with / Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks and the Phoenix Suns have completely different outlooks right now, as the East Coast team is on the verge of sending Joel Embiid's 76ers home, while the Phoenix Suns succumbed to the inspired Minnesota Timberwolves, getting swept in the same round.

A lot has been said about the Suns' superteam after this painful defeat. They started this season as a serious candidate to dethrone the Denver Nuggets but the season didn't play out as expected. That said, rumors and speculations about this team started to surface right after their elimination.

Added to Kevin Durant being unhappy with his role on the team, a well-known Knicks supporter and NBA analyst, Stephen A. Smith, claims that Devin Booker would like to join the Knicks.

"For what I've been told, I don't know if it'll ever happen, Devin Booker wants to be in New York," Smith told Shannon Sharpe on Monday's edition of First Take. "That's what I've been told. He might deny it, I haven't spoken to him. I'm just telling you the scuttlebutt in the NBA circles is that brother wanna be in New York."

Smith notes that might not happen at all, but adding Booker to the Knicks' roster would be an intriguing idea for the team. The Suns can't do much to improve their roster besides making a trade and Bradley Beal isn't an option after he declined to drop his no-trade clause.

Booker and Kevin Durant seem to be the most "logical" options for them, yet nothing suggests the Suns are open to doing business with their two best players.

The Knicks could send a package centered around Julius Randle to unlock these negotiations and see if the Suns pull the trigger on a potential blockbuster trade. They have more players that could earn interest from the Suns but as things stand right now, this is only speculation.

Still, the Knicks are on a superior level than the Suns right now, and having a backcourt with Jalen Brunson and Devin Booker would make this team a threat to the rest of the Eastern Conference.

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