Despite having a bounce back season, the Washington Wizards decided to let Trevor Booker become an unrestricted free agent. Trevor Booker, who met the “starters criteria”, was due nearly $5 million from the Wizards and the team opted to not offer him the qualifying offer.
With that said, the Wizards are amongst many teams looking to sign Trevor Booker, but they’ll certainly have some competition.
According to Michael Lee of the Washington Post, Trevor Booker has received plenty of interest from teams around the league, including the Miami Heat and New York Knicks.
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
Trevor Booker averaged nearly 7 points and over 5 rebounds in his fourth season with the Wizards. He quickly became a fan favorite in 2010 after bringing a much needed energy to a team plagued by a bad locker room. Despite being undersized for his position, Trevor Booker provided rebounding and athleticism, eventually becoming one of Washington’s primary big men. Trevor Booker was unable to stay healthy, but still remained the third most important big man on Washington’s roster, behind Nene and Marcin Gortat.
Washington felt like they could get him for a more cap-friendly contract than the $5 million qualifying offer, but now they will have to compete with plenty of other interested teams. Trevor Booker provides hustle and athleticism and every team could use a player like that, so the interest he’s receiving isn’t very surprising.