HoopsHype Trevor Booker rumors

January 1, 2014 Updates

Trevor Booker was able to enter the new year in decent spirits after his infant son, Jaxson, was released on Monday from the hospital. Booker’s family received a scare last week when Jaxson developed an infection in his lymph node and had to have surgery to remove the swelling behind his left ear. The surgical procedure was performed roughly 10 hours before Booker had 10 points and nine rebounds to help the Wizards defeat the Detroit Pistons, 106-82, on Saturday at the Verizon Center. Booker came to the arena directly from the hospital and was torn about leaving his family at the hospital. But he decided to play on about two hours sleep after the surgery went well and three-month-old Jaxson’s health began to improve. After the game, Booker drove back to the hospital. Washington Post

December 2, 2013 Updates

The Wizards could have nearly $16 million in salary cap space next summer if they decline to make the qualifying offers required to make Booker ($3.4 million) and Kevin Seraphin ($3.8 million) restricted free agents. A source close to Booker said recently that if the Wizards let him become an unrestricted free agent, he would look elsewhere for employment based on how the season has gone. Washington Post

“I’m going to stay positive and keep working hard, keep doing my maintenance work. Try to stay healthy. I’ve been healthy the whole season, so I’m just going to continue to try to stay healthy and stay ready because my opportunity is going to come – whether it’s here or with another team,” Booker said. “My friends and family are telling me to stay focused, telling me to stay into it. That’s all you can do.” Washington Post

October 6, 2013 Updates

Trevor Booker remains doubtful for the Wizards’ preseason opener on Tuesday against the Brooklyn Nets, but he is still eager to get back in a competitive situation. Flashing a smile and covered in a lather of sweat after Saturday’s practice, Booker admitted that he got in a little more work on his sore right knee before actually receiving permission. “I wasn’t supposed to today, but I snuck in one drill while the trainers wasn’t watching,” Booker said with a grin. “I’m sure they’re going to read this…But I snuck in one drill and I feel pretty good.” Washington Post

September 25, 2013 Updates

Booker will be a restricted free agent next summer, but said he wouldn’t allow his contract situation to have a negative influence on him. “Just try to block it out and play my game,” he said. “Just go out there and do what they want me to do. My jumper is looking a lot better. My confidence is high right now.” Washington Post

June 28, 2013 Updates

It’s a nice sentiment, but everyone last night seemed to be overlooking the fact that Trevor Booker currently wears No. 35 for the Wizards. The comments didn’t get past Booker, who took to Twitter to let us all know that he doesn’t find any of this cute. Trevor Booker: That was funny Twitter

January 10, 2013 Updates

There’s also a chance forward Trevor Booker makes it back for Saturday night’s game. Booker sprained his right knee during the preseason and has not played since aggregating the injury in a loss to the Indiana Pacers on Nov. 19. Washington Post

January 4, 2013 Updates
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Booker said he already knows what kind of reaction his former teammate will receive when he makes his debut in an opposing team’s uniform. “Probably a lot of boos,” he said. “I heard they got extra security over on his bench, just in case somebody wants to throw stuff. So I don’t know how true that is.” Booker then joked, “I hope he makes it out alive.” Washington Post

December 17, 2012 Updates

The Wizards are in desperate need of a point guard until John Wall comes back and are willing to move one of their bigs for a veteran point, league sources say. But will there be much interest in the likes of Trevor Booker (who hasn't played in three weeks since suffering a knee injury)? With the worst record in the league at the quarter pole, Washington is not at all interested in dealing its 2013, first-round and likely top-three pick. NBA.com

December 14, 2012 Updates
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December 2, 2012 Updates

Trevor Booker is no longer going to be listed as day-to-day with a strained right knee. Booker has missed the past five games since getting injured in a loss against Indiana nearly two weeks ago, but Coach Randy Wittman said on Sunday there is still “soreness and swelling” in Booker’s knee and that the energetic forward wouldn’t return for “probably another couple of weeks.” While traveling with the team to New York last week, Booker visited with a doctor who informed him that he needed to rest for a while longer before coming back. “They said I shouldn’t play until don’t have any pain,” Booker said. “I’ll wait for that to clear up, but I’m feeling better each day.” Washington Post

November 26, 2012 Updates
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Garnett gave Booker the autograph, and watching Garnett giving back to his community during his early years in the NBA encouraged Booker to follow the same path when he entered the league. The past two summers, Booker has hosted a weekend-long charity basketball tournament on the same court as Garnett once did – even though Mauldin is about 50 miles from Booker’s hometown of Whitmire. Booker also now shares the same agent as Garnett, Andy Miller, so he doesn’t have the same problem speaking to a 36-year-old, future Hall of Famer that he continues to admire. “I talk to him now,” Booker said with a laugh. “He was my idol growing up, so it’s always different listening to your idol. It’s a big thing for me, with him being from South Carolina and me being from South Carolina. And me growing up, watching him play.” Washington Post

The NBA mandates that every team in the league hold a seminar for its players on the business of basketball. The class covers things like ticket pricing, team operations and league offerings, such as health insurance. To satisfy the requirement, the head of each business unit in the Wizards organization made a presentation to the team last week during an hour-long session led by Ed Tapscott, the team’s director of player development. To make it fun and to encourage the players to pay attention, Tapscott gave a quiz at the end, complete with prizes. Naturally, John Wall got all of the questions right, and was rewarded with two courtside seats for a future game. “He cheated,” Trevor Booker told me when I asked about Wall’s victory. “I got them all right too, but I cheated. I didn’t get a prize, because I admitted that I cheated. I’m an honest man.” Even while cheating? “Even while cheating,” he said, with a straight face. Washington Post

October 19, 2012 Updates

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