Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker is out “indefinitely” after it was reported that he will need surgery on the hand he injured last season.
The hand that made Devin Booker miss time last season with the Phoenix Suns has become an issue again. John Gambadoro of AZ Sports 98.7 FM reports that the young scorer will be out “indefinitely” following surgery he’ll need to get on his hand.
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There is no timetable for Booker’s return but it was reported that he’ll likely miss training camp and preseason to recover. However, no one has ruled out Booker returning for the start of the regular season.
Not a lot of information about the actual surgery Booker will need has been released, however, he did miss 28 games last season and wasn’t even suiting up toward the end of last season due to his hand issues.
At this point, the Suns have two glaring issues to start the season, Booker’s injury, and who the starting point guard will be.
Training camp starts September 25th, and no one has explicitly said what kind of surgery Booker will be having or the general timetable for that kind of procedure.
This could be good for players like Davon Reed and Shaq Harrison, who may get more practice or preseason reps due to the absence of Booker. The only downside is that training camp is what would have helped Booker get acclimated to coach Igor Kokoskov’s offense.
If the Suns and Booker determined that he needed to get the surgery at this point in the offseason, it’s likely that they weighed the options and saw it fit to put it off. Judging by the fact they waited so long, it’s like that the “indefinite” amount of time is probably not as long as people may think.
Booker averaged 24.9 points, 4.7 assists, 4.5 rebounds per game on 43-percent shooting from the field. Additionally, Booker shot over 38 percent from beyond the arc.