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T.J. Warren Excited To Be Back Home in Phoenix

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T.J. Warren has had a whirlwind of a week after being a part of the trade that sent Kevin Durant to the Phoenix Suns late last Thursday night.

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What many people may already know is that Warren spent his first 5 seasons with the Phoenix Suns as he was drafted by them back in 2014-15 when he averaged 14.4 PPG on 49% shooting in 5 seasons with team.

He was around during the franchise’s most grueling years. Now he’s back with a chance to compete for the NBA title while also being in a different culture change environment led by head coach Monty Williams and franchise star player Devin Booker.

Warren knows a thing or two about Booker from his time with the team back in 2015-2018. Funny enough, when Booker was out with a groin injury a couple of weeks back when the Nets came to Phoenix to play the Suns, Warren caught up with his former teammate reminiscing about the good times they both shared on the court.

“It’s crazy I was at his house when we played down here a couple of weeks ago and we were having conversations about the old times and fast forward to now we’re teammates it just happened so fast you never know but definitely grateful to be back.”

It’s been a long time coming for Warren’s return to Phoenix, Arizona. It feels like only yesterday when Warren witnessed Booker score a career-high 70 points in Madison Square Garden as a teammate.

Even during his last year with the Suns, he got to mentor a rookie Deandre Ayton who was just nominated for Western Conference Player of the Week. Warren is happy to reunite with Ayton as well.

“DA, he’s a jokester, too. His accent, everything about him is funny. It definitely feels good to reunite with DA man. It feels good coming somewhere where you played with guys before so that’s going to be helpful.” 

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Warren’s debut with the Suns will be tomorrow night against the Sacramento Kings at Footprint Arena at 7 PM. It’s safe to say that Warren is happy to be back where it all started for him in his career.

“Wow, I get to come back home! A place where I spent the longest in my NBA career, and to be able to be back with Kevin Durant, Devin Booker, Chris Paul, Monty Williams, and the whole team, it’s a surreal feeling.”


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