Despite having somewhat of a breakout season in his fourth year with the Washington Wizards, it looks like Trevor Booker will not be receiving a qualifying offer from the team.
Also Saturday, the Wizards declined to make a qualifying offer to forward Trevor Booker, according to a person with knowledge of the situation, meaning he will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.
As Mike Prada of Bullets Forever pointed out, the Wizards could still make Trevor Booker an offer, but they won’t have the right to match any offer he receives from other teams. Trevor Booker was due a higher qualifying offer than expected after meeting the starters criteria and it looks like the Wizards will let him test free agency.
Trevor Booker has always dealt with some nagging injuries with the Wizards, but when he’s played, he almost certainly makes an impact. Booker’s effort and all out hustle played a key part in Washington’s series win over the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. Steve Kerr, who’s now the head coach of the Golden State Warriors, called Trevor Booker his “favorite player” after seeing him match the intensity of the Chicago Bulls’ front court and he’ll definitely receive interest from teams looking to bolster their roster. Booker came into the league with John Wall in 2010 and instantly became a fan-favorite after displaying his heart and passion on the court–something that was desperately missing from the team back then.
Booker averaged 6.8 points per game, 5.3 rebounds per game and nearly 1 block per game during the regular season, but couldn’t find playing time in the second round against the Indiana Pacers. As I pointed out earlier, Booker was due a higher qualifying offer worth nearly $5 million, and the Wizards believe they could get Booker (or another free agent big man) for cheaper. Drew Gooden, who became very productive with the Wizards, was signed for the veterans minimum.
The Wizards will have two more days to decide whether or not Kevin Seraphin deserves a qualifying offer.