Booker underwent successful surgery Monday to repair the fifth metacarpophalangeal joint in his right hand and is expected to need six weeks to make a full recovery.
It was reported over the weekend that Booker needed surgery on his hand, so this latest update doesn't come as a huge surprise. However, it does provide us with a concrete timetable for his return and the six weeks means there's a good chance he's unable to take the floor for the Suns' opener scheduled for Oct. 17 against the Mavericks. Still, if he progresses as expected, it doesn't sound like Booker will miss more than a few games, so it shouldn't have a drastic impact on his value come draft day and he'll remain one of the top-tier shooting guards in the league.
Booker is scheduled to undergo right hand surgery on Monday and has been ruled out indefinitely, John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM reports.
Booker had been nursing a hand injury through the end of the 2017-18 season after injuring it in practice, and it looks like it has been lingering throughout the offseason. It's unclear whether Booker is at risk of missing the start of the regular season or not, but he is expected to miss the beginning of training camp, which begins on Sept. 25. The Suns open the regular season against the Mavericks on Oct. 17.
Reports surfaced earlier in the week that the Suns and the 21-year-old were working toward a long-term pact, and it didn't take long before the details were formally worked out. Since entering the NBA in 2015, Booker has emerged as one of the elite shooting guards in the league, despite lacking the luxury of playing alongside premier playmakers. During his third NBA campaign in 2017-18, Booker averaged 24.9 points, 4.7 assists and 4.5 rebounds while shooting 38.3 percent from three-point range.
There was reportedly some recent tension when Booker's close friend Tyler Ulis was released by the organization, but it appears the two sides were still able to work things out and an agreement could be finalized as soon as this upcoming weekend. Over his first three years in the league, Booker has quickly established himself as an elite offensive talent and is coming off a 2017-18 campaign where he averaged 24.9 points, while shooting 43.2 percent from the field and 38.3 percent from deep. Whether the deal ultimately gets completed or not, Booker should be the go-to option again this season for the Suns.
Booker (hand) will not play during Tuesday's season finale against the Mavericks, Scott Bordow of The Arizona Republic reports.
Booker has missed the past 11 games due to a hand injury, and there's little incentive to rush him back for an essentially meaningless game at the end of the season. He'll finish his third year in the league averaging 24.9 points on 43.2 percent from the field and 38.3 percent from deep, 4.7 assists and 4.5 rebounds across 34.5 minutes.
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