Swing man Mikal Bridges is a noticeable dimension of the Phoenix Suns’ progressive, young nucleus. With his long arm and versatile two-way approach in the game as a Three-and-D player, he delivers an impact that translates into winning — a thing that we witnessed from him on the Valley’s last season charge en route to their first ever NBA Finals since 1993.
And now, eligible for a bigger bag as a token of his improvement and reliable performance, he is much more willing to wait for this given opportunity.
Asked if he is willing to lock a possible contract extension now or later, the former Villanova Wildcat just said he just wants to stay in the city of Phoenix.
“I just want to be here, man. That’s what the whole thing is. I want to be here and it’s up to those guys. Deadline is close so we’ll see and wait.”Via Kellan Olson of Arizona Sports
“Just going [over about it] with my people, my agents, and stuff. Obviously, I want to be here. I love the city here.”
Bridges further praised his family and team, who kept him patient and unbothered with regards to a possible transaction with the franchise.
“I sit there, just wait every day, keep improving and don’t let it get to me. Just gotta wait. I’ve tried to prove as much as I can as time goes on.”
Just like teammates Deandre Ayton and Landry Shamet, Bridges is permitted on a rookie max deal. Considering the impact, the former number one overall pick Ayton could come first to sign. But, it would be unfair if Bridges will be neglected, as the 25-year-old displays a legitimate effort in guarding multiple positions while showing a huge potential to become a lethal three-level scorer.
The young man from Philly averaged 13.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.1 steals, and 54% efficiency from the field last season. He was an integral piece of the Suns’ deep success in the recent postseason.