Devin Booker’s relationship with Leon Rose adds intrigue to the rumors

The 2019-20 NBA season is actually over for the New York Knicks, who are now fully focusing on their future. A large part of this will involve trying to land a stellar player. One name to watch out for is the Phoenix Suns All-Star guard Devin Booker, whose ties to Knicks’ president Leon Rose could make him a favored trade candidate for New York, according to New York Post’s Marc Berman.

Booker was one of Rose’s main clients before the player agent joined the Knicks in March, and is also close to Knicks consultant William Wesley. From Berman:

However, since Leon Rose has been hired as president, the player to watch out for is mostly the combined guard Suns Devin Booker, according to league sources. … Booker and [Karl-Anthony] Towns were Rose customers playing in Kentucky, which means that Knicks’ consultant William Wesley is close to each. Rose has done well with the best of Kentucky thanks to Wesley.

Booker, 23, made his first All-Star game in February. Recent rumblings are that Booker may tire of the perpetual loss of Phoenix, which is managed by a spendthrift owner of Robert Sarver.

Last week, Rose said he was ready to reinforce the offensively challenged Knicks through “the draft, the trades and the free agency.”

Booker, who signed a massive five-year extension with the Suns in 2018 with Rose as his agent, was taped saying he thinks his former agent will do an excellent job of rebuilding the Knicks into a perennial contender in the East Conference.