It caught many off guard when the Washington Wizards decided not to tend big man Trevor Booker a qualifying offer worth $3,420,443 to make him a restricted free agent and prevent him from entering free agency Tuesday free to sign with any team without the Wizards having a chance to match an offer sheet he signs with another team.
After a fairly quiet regular season, Booker was excellent for the Wizards in the postseason, at least in the first round. In the Wizards 4-1 series victory over the Chicago Bulls, Booker averaged 5.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.2 assists per game.
The Wizards are still reportedly interested in bringing Booker back, but it won’t be easy – they are expected to have stiff competition.
According to Michael Lee of The Washington Post, the Miami Heat, Utah Jazz, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Brooklyn Nets and Minnesota Timberwolves are all interested in Booker.
Trevor Booker is an unrestricted free agent & has attracted interest from several teams (MIA, MIN, UTA, BKN, NYK, ORL & WAS), sources say
— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) July 1, 2014
The 6’8, 235-pound Booker is still just 26 years old so it shouldn’t come as that much of a surprise that he is drawing so much interest.
Booker appeared in 72 games for the Wizards last season, starting 45. He averaged 6.8 points and 5.3 rebounds in 21.6 minutes per game while shooting 55.1% from the field and 61.8% from the free throw line last season.