HoopsHype Trevor Booker rumors


October 22, 2011 Updates

Though Bnei Hasharon quickly replaced Booker with Sacramento Kings forward J.J. Hickson, Miller said Booker is “not done” in Israel. Miller said Booker’s return to Bnei Hasharon would be based on his recovery and the timing of the NBA lockout. Miller also represents Hickson. Washington Post

Wizards forward Trevor Booker left Israel on Friday and is returning home after suffering a bruised thigh while playing for Bnei Hasharon. A person close to Booker said the injury isn’t considered too serious, but he is coming back to get checked by his doctor and then begin the rehabilitation process. Washington Post

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The chilled atmosphere, English conversation along with the Heinz ketchup and mustard gave Booker the impression that maybe he didnt land in Timbuktu after all. However, under the circumstances that brought him here, Booker was feeling unfortunate he didnt receive the good luck blessing from NBA coach Flip Saunders. 'The sad part about this whole situation is that due to the lockout I was unable to talk to anyone from the Wizards' management or coaching staff before coming to Israel. They couldnt even say goodbye or good luck.' Eurobasket.com

August 31, 2011 Updates

Booker decided to sign with Bnei HaSharon of the Israeli Basketball League earlier this month, becoming the first Wizard to take his talents overseas as the NBA and the players’ union try to settle the labor dispute. He has an opt-out clause that will allow him to return to the NBA when the lockout ends, but he felt he had to go elsewhere with so much uncertainty. “I didn’t get to finish my season. I feel like I got cheated a little bit, injuring my foot. So I wanted to go overseas and get some competition,” Booker said. “This is my first time experiencing something like this. It’s new to me, but I think I’m handling it pretty well.” Washington Post

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Booker is the first member of the Wizards to sign with a team overseas since the lockout began on July 1. Booker’s agent, Andy Miller, said that Booker had been “getting an earful for about 40 days” about the possibility of playing overseas until the right deal came along with the team that plays in the top division of Israeli basketball. Wizards General Manager Ernie Grunfeld’s son, Dan, played for Bnei HaSharon last season. Booker has traveled overseas to Turkey and Serbia and said he was “definitely open.” After speaking with his parents, Booker decided to take advantage of the opportunity. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. “I’m real excited,” Booker said in a telephone interview on Thursday. “I get to play against some competition again. I think it will be a neat experience, so I’m definitely excited.” Washington Post

“We thought this was a way to kill two birds with one stone,” Miller said. “We felt that it was important for him, having had the last fifth of the season taken away from him and subsequently the first month or so of the summer taken away from him as well, because he was in a cast, it’s important for us to get him playing, to get him more opportunities and more visibility. He hasn’t had that.” Booker plans to leave for Israel next month and his business manager, Oliver Hill plans to tag along and assist Booker with getting acclimated to the new country. Miller said he doesn’t expect Booker to have any problems in Israel. “I think the transition will be very seamless for him. He’s a very mature kid.” Washington Post

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The Wizards’ five-game West coast trip ended on a high note, with the team defeating the Utah Jazz, but when it was welcomed with some possibly disconcerting news upon arrival back in Washington. Coach Flip Saunders said rookie Trevor Booker “might be done for the year” after an MRI on Tuesday may have revealed a crack on the bottom of his foot. Saunders said Booker will seek another opinion on the foot that he injured in the fourth quarter of the Wizards’ 114-94 loss on Friday in Denver. Booker averaged 11.4 points and 7.6 rebounds in eight starts in March, getting the opportunity after Andray Blatche and later Josh Howard went down with injuries. An initial X-ray in Denver didn’t show any fractures, but Booker missed the past two games and complained of continued soreness in his foot. The Wizards (18-55) have nine games remaining. “He might have a little crack on the bottom of his foot,” Saunders said. “He might have a CAT scan today, so we’ll know more probably tonight. But it looks like he might be done for the year.” Washington Post

March 11, 2011 Updates

Coach Flip Saunders revealed on Thursday that he considered sending Booker to the team's Development-League affiliate, the Dakota Wizards, before Booker gave him reason to think otherwise. "We had a sit-down, about two months ago and I said, 'Your greatest strength is that you play hard. If you're not going to play hard, we're going to send you up to North Dakota, so you can get some time up there. I said, because I know what you do, if you play hard, you can be a very effective player in this league. From that time forward, he's played hard every time." Washington Post

Booker said he didn't really know how to take the threat of a D-League demotion. "I still did my same routine. I still got extra shots up. Nothing changed really. I just wanted an opportunity to get on the court." Booker has had some flashes in recent weeks, scoring a career-high 21 points twice and grabbing a career-high 12 rebounds as well. He only had seven points and seven rebounds in a win over Minnesota on Saturday, but he completely turned around the game with his high-energy dunks. Washington Post

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Possibly down one first-round pick, the Wizards will have to rely on the unheralded other two on Thursday as they prepare to face the New Jersey Nets. With John Wall expected to miss his ninth game of the season with right knee tendinitis, rookie big men Trevor Booker and Kevin Seraphin will have to change roles from being wide-eyed observers to wide-eyed contributors with the Wizards' depleted in the front court. Andray Blatche is still limping with a sore left knee and Yi Jianlian will miss the next two to four weeks after suffering a sprained right medial collateral ligament in the Wizards' 103-89 loss to Los Angeles Lakers. "It's a good bit of pressure with our main guy going down and his backup going down. At the same time, other bigs got to step up," said Booker, who will likely get his second start of his season at power forward. "That's what we're here for, because if anybody goes down, we've got to be ready." Washington Post

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