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Mikal Bridges, Suns agree to 4-year, $90 million rookie contract extension, per report

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The Phoenix Suns have agreed to a 4-12 months, $90 million rookie extension with little ahead Mikal Bridges on Sunday, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The offer is reportedly fully guaranteed. Bridges was the No. 10 all round decide on in the 2018 NBA Draft and a vital player in Phoenix’s stunning operate to the NBA Finals last year. He averaged 13.five points on 42.five percent shooting from driving the arc in the standard year when earning powerful consideration for a location on the NBA’s All-Defensive teams. 

That 3-and-D skill established is what acquired Bridges this contract, but he has in the previous flashed significantly more potential as a ball-handler. He notably scored 27 points in Activity 2 of the NBA Finals — Phoenix’s last get of the sequence — and he has drawn pretty a little bit of praise from star teammate Devin Booker. “He’s a player,” Booker claimed throughout the Orlando bubble. “You can not place him in a box, you can not give him a person title. You can not even just give him a 3-and-D title that men and women try out to use for him.”

With the Bridges offer now done, all eyes turn to 2018 No. 1 all round decide on DeAndre Ayton. Phoenix’s starting up middle reportedly desires the optimum five-12 months extension that his draftmates Luka Doncic, Trae Younger and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander have acquired. This kind of a offer could pay back Ayton as substantially as $207 million ought to he get paid Rose Rule eligibility, but the Suns are reportedly hesitant to pay back him that substantially. 

The deadline to indicator 2018 1st-spherical picks to rookie extensions is Monday, Oct. 18. Phoenix has at the very least secured the signature of a person of its two top kids, but with so minor time to go, negotiations with Ayton could appear down to the wire. If he does not indicator an extension prior to the deadline, he would grow to be a restricted absolutely free agent subsequent offseason. From there, he could both indicator a new very long-term offer with the Suns, indicator an supply sheet with yet another workforce that Phoenix would have the proper to match, or indicator a a person-12 months qualifying supply in Phoenix that would make him an unrestricted absolutely free agent in 2023. 

Signing Bridges at the very least offers the Suns a little bit of insurance policies ought to they keep on to wrestle to protected Ayton. They no lengthier chance each drawing monumental supply sheets subsequent offseason. Now, with a person of their core gamers locked in, they can concentrate all of their attention on locking in the other.