Finding cheap, serviceable big men in the NBA isn’t exactly easy. Given that, there were multiple teams showing interest in free agent Trevor Booker this offseason which included the New York Knicks and Booker’s former team, the Washington Wizards.
However, neither team was willing to pony up the cash of the Utah Jazz who offered the former first round pick a two-year, $10 million dollar deal. That type of money was too good to pass up for Booker, who signed the contract on Tuesday morning.
It was a bit odd to see the Utah Jazz show interest in Booker considering they weren’t one of the teams alleged to have interest in the former Clemson talent, though potentially fearing they didn’t have enough size going into the season, Utah decided to strike.
Still just 26, Trevor Booker put together a very fine season off the Washington Wizards bench which saw him average nearly 7 points and 5 rebounds a game, all while being a solid defensive talent. Still, with few teams seeing him more than a rotational player, it wasn’t expected that Booker would be able to cash in.
With both Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter on the roster, it’s questionable as to where Booker will fit on the roster and how much time will be available for the former Tiger.
There’s no doubt the Jazz paid a little over the premium on what Booker was likely to receive elsewhere, but they apparently felt the extra cash was well worth it to get their man.
Assuming he gets twenty minutes or so per game, Booker should be a solid addition to the Utah Jazz bench.