Booker is returning to the United States from China to undergo foot surgery, Scott Agness of The Athletic reports. Booker may be looking to potentially join an NBA team late this season, and he's expected to be fully recovered by that time. He appeared in 68 games last season, averaging 6.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 17.0 minutes.
Booker is nearing agreement on a contract with the Shanxi Brave Dragons of the Chinese Basketball Association, Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype.com reports. Booker hasn't generated much interest in free agency from NBA teams this summer, so he appears poised to head overseas for the first time in his career in an attempt to showcase himself for a potential return to North America next spring. The 30-year-old suited up in 68 regular-season contests between the Nets, Pacers and 76ers in 2017-18, averaging 6.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 17.0 minutes per contest.
Booker will start at power forward for Tuesday's regular-season finale against the Hornets. It was originally reported the Domantas Sabonis would start in place of the resting Thad Young, though the lineup has since been revised and Booker will run with the first unit instead. Booker will likely see a slightly elevated role from the 17.8 minutes he's averaged over the last four games, though he still shouldn't be relied upon for huge minutes considering the Pacers will likely want to keep their veteran as fresh as possible for their upcoming playoff run.
Booker (ankle) is available for Sunday's matchup with the Clippers. Booker sat out Thursday's game after spraining his ankle earlier in the week but will now return to action. It's unclear if he'll be a full go or if he'll be limited in any fashion. Look for Thad Young or Domantas Sabonis to see a slight minutes increase if Booker is restricted in any fashion.
Booker (ankle) will be a game-time call for Sunday's game against the Clippers, Clifton Brown of The Indianapolis Star reports. Booker is still nursing a sprained right ankle, but the hope is that he'll be cleared to play after missing Thursday's game in Sacramento. Official word likely won't come until close to the 3:30 p.m. EDT tip.
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