Devin Booker is officially out for rest of the season. Igor Kokoskov confirmed before Friday’s final home game of the season that Booker will not play in Phoenix’s final three games after rolling his left ankle in Wednesday’s loss to Utah. “It’s a medical reason,” Kokoskov said. “The good news is the x-ray results came back negative. The timetable, unfortunately, for him to recover is not long enough to bring him back. We didn’t shut him down. It’s just circumstances.”
Duane Rankin: Igor Kokoskov confirms Devin Booker is out for season. Richaun Holmes also out tonight with ankle injury suffered in Wednesday's game. #Suns
Duane Rankin: #Suns will have Devin Booker tonight as Igor Kokoskov said he'll play after initially being listed as questionable for a left big toe sprain. He's been since officially upgraded to probable.
Gina Mizell: Devin Booker is listed as questionable on most recent injury report with a toe sprain, but Igor said post-shootaround that he expects Booker to play tonight vs. New Orleans. #Suns
Gina Mizell: Devin Booker is expected to play this afternoon vs. Sacramento. Tyler Johnson will start at point guard. #Suns
Gerald Bourguet: Suns list Devin Booker as probable for tomorrow’s game. Melton and Warren still out
Gina Mizell: #Suns are officially listing Devin Booker (hamstring) as questionable to play tomorrow vs. Golden State. T.J. Warren (ankle) and De’Anthony Melton (ankle) are both out.
Duane Rankin: No Devin Booker tonight (right hamstring tightness). Igor Kokoskov says it's precautionary. #Suns #Jazz.
Duane Rankin: “It feels good. Just a little tightness. Just caught (it) before anything gets further than what it was, but it’ll be fine.” #Suns Devin Booker about his right hamstring following Monday night's loss to #Rockets. Says he'll be ready Wednesday at #Jazz.
Gina Mizell: Devin Booker will start tonight at Indiana, coach Igor Kokoskov says. He had missed the past three-plus games with back spasms. #Suns
Duane Rankin: #Suns list Devin Booker questionable for Tuesday's game at #Pacers . That's been pretty much the standard in missing last 3 games with back spasms, but Booker was back at practice today. So he may indeed play tomorrow. Suns 2-1 without him. I've been on plane flying to Indy.
Gerald Bourguet: Kokoskov says Devin Booker is still questionable, no update just yet. Once again says there’s a slim chance he’ll play
Duane Rankin: Update: Devin Booker is listed as questionable for tonight's game vs. #Nuggets with back spasms, but Igor Kokoskov said it's a slim chance he'll play. Missed last 2 games after missing 2nd half vs. Charlotte w/injury. 1st hurt back taking a charge vs. Denver last week. #Suns
Gerald Bourguet: Suns say Devin Booker (back spasms) is questionable for tomorrow's game against the Nuggets
Gerald Bourguet: Suns say Richaun Holmes (stomach flu) is doubtful for tonight's game against the Warriors. Devin Booker will play.
Gerald Bourguet: Per Suns, Devin Booker (left hamstring strain) is questionable for tomorrow’s game. Josh Jackson (left great toe sprain) is questionable as well
Gina Mizell: Personnel newsy bits from #Suns practice * T.J. Warren is expected to play limited minutes tomorrow vs. Clippers * Deandre Ayton missed practice with flu-like symptoms, Igor said. * Devin Booker did some recovery stuff during today’s practice but is OUT tomorrow.
Gina Mizell: Devin Booker is getting some shots up at the end of #Suns practice. He’s been out the past four games after re-aggravating his hamstring injury.
Anthony Chiang: Devin Booker (hamstring), T.J. Warren (ankle) and Trevor Ariza (sore left knee) all out for Suns tonight vs. Heat.
Devin Booker re-aggravated the left hamstring he initially strained against the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this season in Sunday’s 120-96 loss at Staples Center. The team's leading scorer and assist man scored just six points on 3-of-8 shooting as he went down late in the first half. "I'm not sure how extreme it is right now, but of course, everybody knows we need him, desperately," Suns wing Josh Jackson said. "The sooner we can get him back, the better, but hopefully, we can get him back 100 percent."
A frustrated Booker noticeably limped to the team bus after the game and politely declined to comment about the injury. Suns first-year coach Kokoskov said he isn't opposed to shutting down Booker, who has had multiple injuries already this season. "I'm very open (to the idea), but that's not my jurisdiction when it comes to the medical staff," Kokoskov said. "We have a great medical staff. They're going to tell me as an organization what we should do."
Gina Mizell: Josh Jackson on Devin Booker's minor injuries: "Of course, everybody knows we need him desperately. The sooner we can get him back, the better." #Suns
Gina Mizell: Devin Booker left the #Suns locker room before media was permitted to enter. Igor Kokoskov said he did not have an update on next steps and how long Booker will be out. Next game is Tuesday vs. Sacramento.
Dave McMenamin: Devin Booker appeared to pull his hamstring on that last play, running off the court in pain. Both LeBron James and Tyson Chandler left the court to check on him before Booker went to the locker room accompanied by Suns medical staff.
Kyle Goon: LeBron was the first person to come out to Devin Booker from the court when he got hurt: “Book! Is it the toe or the hammy? Hammy?” Then called for the training staff to get him to the locker room.
Gina Mizell: Per #Suns, Devin Booker (left hamstring) is questionable to return to this game. Same hamstring that he originally hurt the last time Phoenix faced the Lakers. Elie Okobo is starting the second half for the Suns.
Gina Mizell: Per #Suns, T.J. Warren (ankle) is officially listed as doubtful to play tomorrow at Lakers and Devin Booker (toe) is listed as probable.
Gina Mizell: Late scratch: Devin Booker is also OUT tonight vs. Orlando with a left toe injury. T.J. Warren is also out with ankle soreness. #Suns
Gina Mizell: #Suns coach Igor Kokoskov said after practice that Devin Booker (hamstring) is doubtful to play tomorrow vs. San Antonio and that Isaiah Canaan (ankle) is questionable.
Duane Rankin: #Suns official game notes: Devin Booker listed OUT for Memphis game and is "day-to-day" after suffering hamstring injury Wednesday night against Los Angeles #Lakers. Earlier today, Igor Kokoskov said it was a "game-time decision." Booker said he'd see how it felt tomorrow.
Duane Rankin: Devin Booker "game time decision" with left hamstring strain for #Grizzlies Saturday, says #Suns coach Igor Kokoskov
Gina Mizell: Devin Booker on his return to the court in tomorrow’s #Suns opener vs. Dallas: “I’ve taken plenty of hits in practice now, and now I trust it and believe that it’s ready to go for full contact (in a game). That’s what I’ve been doing the past week.”
Devin Booker has taken another giant step in recovering from an injured right shooting hand. The Phoenix Suns’ franchise player has been cleared for contact and has been practicing 5-on-5 with the team. “He looked good,” Suns coach Igor Kokoskov said after Saturday’s practice. “As we all know, on any level that you play, when you’re recovering from something, an injury, there’s some kind of hesitation when it comes to the contact, but I don’t see that in Book."
Gina Mizell: Devin Booker on the state of his right hand: “I don’t all-the-way-trust it yet, but I’m out there competing...it feels pretty good right now. Want it to feel better before I step out there (on the court for a game).” #Suns
Gina Mizell: Devin Booker is running with the first team during a full-contact portion of today’s #Suns practice. He’s still got his fingers wrapped. James Jones said earlier today that he is “hopeful” Booker can play in Wednesday’s opener.
Duane Rankin: Looking at Devin Booker, he's not wearing wraps on his injured right hand. Maybe that's just because he's not shooting or in a practice, but that can be see as another sign of progress. #Suns
Gina Mizell: #Suns guard Devin Booker still has not been cleared for contact drills but said it felt "great" to start taking shots with his right hand for the first time in more than three weeks. He also recently had a checkup with the LA surgeon who performed his procedure.
Gerald Bourguet: McDonough says Booker got the sutures out of his hand last week, passed preseason conditioning test. He's been working on cardio and working out one-handed
“As you guys know he did have the injury late last year,” McDonough said, referring to a lingering issue for Booker during the end of the 2017-18 season for which he missed the final 12 games. “There were no symptoms over the summer. The hand died down, it calmed down a little bit, it looked good, there was nothing structurally wrong with it.”
The GM went on to explain that in recent weeks, the Suns have had members of their NBA roster in the gym for workouts and pickup games. That’s when the swelling happened. “Just in one of those games, the hand swelled up,” he said. “There was no trauma that we could see — it wasn’t like he hit it or jammed it or anything stood out unusually while he was playing. The hand just swelled up.”
Harrison Wind: Suns say Devin Booker will be out approximately six weeks after surgery to repair an injury to the fifth metacarpophalangeal joint in his right hand. If that timetable holds up, he’ll barely miss the Nuggets’ home opener vs Phoenix on Oct. 20.
Gambadoro reports Booker will miss at least four weeks. The bothersome right hand injury lingered for Booker throughout the end of the 2017-18 season after he jammed it in practice on March 14, a day before the team’s game against the Utah Jazz. Booker went on to play and shot 3-of-18. From that point on, Booker was required to wear a splint until his condition improved and he missed the last 12 games of the season.
Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker will undergo surgery Monday to an injured ligament in his hand that bothered him for much of the season in a procedure a source told ESPN was minor. Booker will have the surgery in Los Angeles.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Booker's availability for the start of regular season will be clearer after procedure on Monday, league source tells ESPN. Booker signed a five-year, $158M extension this summer.
Phoenix Suns shooting guard Devin Booker will undergo hand surgery on Monday and is out indefinitely, reports 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s John Gambadoro. Booker will have the surgery in Los Angeles and is likely to miss the start of training camp.
Scott Bordow: Sounds like Devin Booker, TJ Warren, Elfrid Payton, Len all out. Triano expects same lineup as he had against Golden State
Scott Bordow: Update from Suns: Team still hasn't heard from NBA regarding possible suspensions tonight. Booker said he doesn't know if he'll be able to play. Golden State without Durant, Curry, Thompson, McCaw and Cassipi
Scott Bordow: Tyson Chandler just told me he’s playing. Booker is testing his triceps in warmup. No final determination yet
April 1, 2023 | 3:02 am EDT Update
NBA will implement a second salary cap apron for highest-spending teams
The NBA is curbing the ability of the highest-spending teams, such as the Golden State Warriors and the LA Clippers, to continue running up salary and luxury tax spending while still maintaining mechanisms to add talent to the roster. The NBA is implementing a second salary cap apron — $17.5 million over the tax line — and those teams will no longer have access to the taxpayer mid-level in free agency. Those changes will be eased into the salary cap over a period of years. Under these changes, Golden State’s Donte DiVincenzo, Milwaukee’s Joe Ingles, Boston’s Danilo Gallinari and former Clippers guard John Wall wouldn’t have been able to sign with those teams last summer.
The NBA and NBPA have agreed to increase the upper limits on extensions from a 120% increase on a current deal to 140%, which could have a significant impact on the futures of stars like Celtics forward Jaylen Brown. Under the current rules, Brown would be allowed to sign a four-year extension worth $165 million. With the extension rules increased to 140%, however, Brown — who is set to earn $31.8 million in the 2023-24 season, the final year of his current contract — would be able to reach his four-year maximum of $189 million, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks.
The in-season tournament will arrive beginning in the 2023-24 season. The event will include pool-play games baked into the regular-season schedule starting in November — with eight teams advancing to a single-elimination tournament in December. The Final Four will be held at a neutral site, with Las Vegas prominent in the discussion, sources said. Each in-season tournament game would count toward regular-season standings; the two finalists would ultimately play 83 regular-season games. Winning players and coaches will earn additional prize money.
There is an increase in two-way contract slots, jumping from two to three per team. Two-way contracts were created in the 2017 collective bargaining agreement as a vehicle for teams to develop younger players. It has been seen as a success, as it’s become a route to players earning long-term homes in the league, and in several cases becoming major contributors.
April 1, 2023 | 2:51 am EDT Update
League, players agree to a new seven-year CBA
Adrian Wojnarowski: BREAKING: The NBA and NBPA have agreed on a new seven-year collective bargaining agreement, clearing the way for labor peace through this decade, sources tell ESPN. Deal includes a mutual opt-out after sixth year.
Shams Charania: Labor peace: The NBA and National Basketball Players Association have reached a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, per source.
New CBA deal includes mid-season tournament, starting with the 2023-24 season
Adrian Wojnarowski: Deal includes In-Season Tournament, 65-game minimum for postseason awards, new limitations on highest spending teams and expanded opportunities for trades and free agency for mid and smaller team payrolls, sources tell ESPN.