Suns Reportedly Felt D'Angelo Russell Would Be Bad Influence On Devin Booker

Phoenix Suns fans entered free agency hoping that their team would be able to acquire a point guard to play alongside rising star Devin Booker, with many wishing for 23-year old All-Star D’Angelo Russell. However, the Suns organization was apparently against bringing in Russell all along.

According to USA Today, Phoenix never actually pursued DLo because they thought he’d be a bad influence on Booker off the court.

“The Suns chose not to pursue Russell despite Devin Booker’s campaign for them to target his close friend, according to league sources familiar with the situation.”

“The Suns apparently felt Russell wouldn’t have been a good influence on Booker off the court.”

As it turns out, the Suns instead opted for veteran Ricky Rubio, who signed a three-year $51 million deal. USA Today reports that Phoenix’s primary target was Terry Rozier, but he landed in Charlotte as part of the sign-and-trade that sent All Star point guard Kemba Walker to the Boston Celtics.

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