NOVEMBER 23: The Suns have officially announced their new deal with Carter.
“We are excited to bring back Jevon,” general manager James Jones said in a statement. “Intensity and effort are constants for him, both in games and in the work he puts in every day in the gym. His fearless mentality provided us a spark last season and we look forward to his return.”
NOVEMBER 21: The Suns and restricted free agent guard Jevon Carter have reached an agreement on a new contract, agent Mark Bartelstein tells Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN (Twitter link). Carter will sign a three-year, $11.5MM deal, per Wojnarowski.
The 32nd overall pick in the 2018 draft, Carter began his NBA career with the Grizzlies before being traded to Phoenix in the summer of 2019. As a backup point guard for the Suns last season, he averaged 4.9 PPG, 2.0 RPG, and 1.4 APG on .416/.425/.852 shooting in 58 games (16.3 MPG).
The Suns made Carter a restricted free agent by issuing him a qualifying offer earlier this week, so the team would have been eligible to match any offer sheet he signed elsewhere. Instead, he negotiated a new deal directly with Phoenix and will now look forward to backing up newly-acquired All-Star point guard Chris Paul in 2020/21.
In addition to acquiring Paul, the Suns have reached a deal to sign Jae Crowder in free agency. However, the club still has some outstanding business to address, as Dario Saric remains on the restricted free agent market. Phoenix is prioritizing re-signing the RFA forward.