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.”
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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
Gina Mizell: Igor confirms Devin Booker (toe) WILL play tonight vs. New Orleans #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: Suns say Devin Booker (back spasms) is officially out tonight
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.
Marc J. Spears: Suns guard Devin Booker available versus Warriors tonight
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.
Duane Rankin: Devin Booker will likely not play tomorrow against #Kings. #Suns
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.
Michael Gallagher: Devin Booker will play Sunday.
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
Michael Grange: The Suns expect Devin Booker (hamstring) to play tonight.
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.
Gerald Bourguet: Suns say Devin Booker is out for the Thunder game today
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.”
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Duane Rankin: Devin Booker will play Wednesday, said Igor Kokoskov. #Suns
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.”
Anthony Nash: Looks like word of the unicycle has reached Devin Booker.
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: Devin Booker Confirms “probably” not playing tonight
Scott Bordow: Booker just told me he isn’t playing tonight
Scott Bordow: Booker will not play tonight. No surprise.
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: Devin Booker officially out
Scott Bordow: Tyson Chandler just told me he’s playing. Booker is testing his triceps in warmup. No final determination yet
Kyle Goon: Devin Booker is in the starting lineup tonight.
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June 16, 2019 | 2:50 pm EDT Update
Tania Ganguli: For those asking about @Adrian Wojnarowski and @Bobby Marks’s report, I did hear yesterday that the trade was expected to be completed as soon as the moratorium ends, but there was some uncertainty about whether that would ultimately change. Seems there still is.
Albert Nahmad: Timing of Anthony Davis trade doesn’t need to be decided now… Lakers could enter Moratorium on 7/1, negotiate with free agents, determine how much cap room they need, then sweeten trade to push it back from 7/6 (tho everyday after 7/1 would delay the wait-version of the trade).
The Boston Celtics were serious about trading for Davis, as well. They were willing to discuss young, talented players such as Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart, according to sources close to the negotiations. But the Celtics were never going to give up as much as the Lakers.
Calling those discussions in February “negotiations” is a bit of a stretch. The Pelicans were never serious about dealing with the Lakers then. They didn’t like being forced into this position by Davis and his representative, Rich Paul. And they probably weren’t going to let former general manager Dell Demps make this big of a decision anyway. So the Lakers — really just Johnson, because Demps wouldn’t talk to Pelinka — would call and Demps would write names on the board without giving them any feedback. Those names would leak publicly and do damage to the Lakers’ team chemistry.
When everyone came up for air and surveyed the damage, both sides realized there was still a hell of a deal to make if they could get over themselves. Said one source close to the negotiations, “The biggest difference this time was David Griffin [the new Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations]. He wasn’t involved before. He could negotiate frankly and fairly.”
NBA star Caron Butler was honored in his hometown of Racine on Saturday, June 15. The Racine City Council named a road after the former Milwaukee Bucks player: Caron Butler Drive. The road is the home of Dr. John Bryant Community Center, where Butler first picked up a basketball.