Don’t count Phoenix Suns All-NBA and All-Star Devin Booker as someone who believes in curses. Booker and model Kendall Jenner are apparently back together after a very brief breakup. The two attended a wedding recently and appeared to very much be a couple. So much for the Kardashian curse.
“She and Devin are fully back together,” a source close to Kendall tells E! News. “They worked out their issues and decided they want to move forward and be together.”
Jenner is a member of the world-famous Kardashian-Jenner clan. Her half sisters include reality stars Kim, Kourtney, and Khloé Kardashian. Her full sister is entrepreneur and billionaire Kylie Jenner.
Kim and Khloé have dated their fair share of big-time athletes, and when the relationships end the athlete’s play often falls off. Thus the Kardashian curse.
Booker has been named an All-Star each of the past three seasons and made his first All-NBA team this past season. He had his best impact on winning of his seven-year career. He was +4.5 in EPM, 97th percentile. Booker had 11.9 eW, 98th percentile.
At 25 it’s highly unlikely that Jenner will have a negative impact on his career. Booker is one of the hardest workers in the league, and after last season’s playoff flameout by the Suns he and his teammates will have something to prove.
A very busy NBA star and a very committed model and entrepreneur who also films a reality television show could be a power couple. Relationships under normal circumstances have challenges, these two also face pressures and scrutiny due to their fame.
“They moved on and it’s going really well,” the insider adds. “They have been spending a lot of time together recently and Devin was her date to her friend Lauren’s wedding over the weekend in Napa.”
The couple just broke up in June, but rumors of a reconciliation began to swirl as they were seen together at Michael Rubin’s White Party in the Hamptons. Then they attended Jenner’s friends’ wedding together.
While Booker and Jenner are enjoying their summer, the Suns re-signed center Deandre Ayton after a bizarre offseason where they didn’t offer him a contract and only matched after he was offered a deal by the Indiana Pacers.
The Suns brass say that their plan was to re-sign the big man all along. But their actions last offseason and this past season suggest otherwise. He was the only top-five member of his draft class (2018) that wasn’t re-signed for a time.
At 23 years old Ayton was an integral part of the Suns’ fifth-ranked offense and third-ranked defense last year, helping the team earn the best record in the league.
As of now everything seems OK between both sides, publicly.
“This is a blessing,” Ayton told ESPN’s Andscape in a phone conversation after signing his contract. “This contract not only has generational impact for my family, but also with the way we are able to work in the Phoenix community and home in the Bahamas. That is the things that we go by …”
“We wanted Deandre here,” Suns’ general manager James Jones said in a phone interview. “He’s vital to what we do, at the core of everything that we do. And throughout this whole process it was, it rang true.”
Regardless of what either side says publicly, Ayton felt some type of way about having to wait for a deal and the Suns obviously delayed signing him for a reason.
Training camp opens in September. As a team leader Booker may have to help soothe some hurt feelings if the Suns want to be atop the league and compete for a title.