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Report: Trevor Booker, after Wizards decline to extend qualifying offer, receives larger contract from Jazz

Jul 15, 2014, 6:59 PM EDT

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Trevor Booker, before teams could legally contact him or his agent about him, said he’d received a lot of free-agent interest.

That, after a small snag, foretold his free agency.

Booker received a larger contract than most expected, and logically, that was driven by competition.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Free-agent forward Trevor Booker has agreed to a two-year, $10 million deal with the Utah Jazz, a league source told Yahoo Sports on Tuesday.

The Wizards declined to give Trevor Booker his $4,677,708 qualifying offer – a one-year offer necessary to make him a restricted free agent. Still, the Jazz gave him an even larger salary on a longer contract.Maybe Utah  just that much smarter than Washington, but it should be telling that the team that knows Booker best didn’t value him at $4,677,708 for one year. The Jazz should make their own evaluations, but they should consider outside factors – including Washington not extending a qualifying offer – as part of the equation.All said, Booker is a solid backup big man. He averaged 6.8 points on 55.4 percent shooting and 5.3 rebounds in 21.6 minutes game. At 26, he’s experience enough to help the Jazz if they’re surprisingly good next season and young enough to contribute down the road should their rebuild expectedly take multiple years.The Wizards should be OK. Nene and the recently signed Marcin Gortat are back, and Kris Humphries slides in to replace Booker. Restricted free agent Kevin Seraphin, whom Washington extended a qualifying offer, could also return.

  1. sportsfan18 - Jul 15, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    We all know that Utah has to pay more to get players…

    Just like they overpaid to retain Gordon Heyward…

    This is no different, the principle I mean.

    Most NBA players would play in Washington D.C. before going to Utah so the Jazz have to pay them more to get them to sign.

    • duhwighthoward - Jul 16, 2014 at 1:55 PM

      Wrong.

      The only factor free agents take into account is money (and contract length).

      The only exception are those bandwagoners who at the end of their careers, try to latch onto good teams in order to win a championship.

      And DuhWight Howard, because well, he’s Duhwight.

      No one gives a crap about which city they play for.

  2. uscoach - Jul 15, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    Wizards fan here. Trevor is a great pick up for the Jazz. He plays HARD!

    • redbaronx - Jul 16, 2014 at 1:16 PM

      @uscoach – Also a Wizards fan here. Losing Booker is not a big deal. He plays hard but wasn’t worth the money. I wish him well in Utah.

  3. Eutaw's Finest - Jul 15, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Booker was serviceable but not worth his QO. Best of luck in Utah.

  4. ravenswhat - Jul 15, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    There is no sport with more overpaid players. 5 pts and 20 minutes gets you 10 mill. Unreal.

  5. theebadguy - Jul 15, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    I don’t care how hard he tries or how good his effort is, he isn’t work 2/10

  6. longtallsam - Jul 15, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    From what I saw of Booker this year, and what others are getting paid, he is well worth it. He gets after it, gives 100% all the time, and continues to improve. As for rather playing in Washington than Utah, yuck.

  7. spyder9669 - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    When the main calling card of a guy is “he plays hard all the time” then you have to start wondering WTF everyone else is getting paid to do?

    He’s now making more a year then PJ Tucker. Wow. 10 and 7 while guarding the likes of Kobe and Durant 40 minutes a game.

    • aurelh23 - Jul 16, 2014 at 6:35 AM

      Idk what world you living in but clearly you’re a Suns fan. Tucker got 3/$16.5 for averaging 9.4 and 6.5 in 30 minutes of play. He shot a horrible 43% if you want to compare it to Booker who went for 7 and 5.3 in only 20 minutes of play while shooting 55% from the field. His stats per minute were better and they got nearly the same exact per year salary.

      And he guarded Kobe while Kobe was on the bench? That means he shut him down lol

  8. isaiah007 - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    It’s this ridiculous new CBA. They have a minimum number teams have to reach. It’s something like85-90% of the salary cap. So teams like Utah have so many young inexperienced players they have to overpay a few.

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